SHYLI Emerging Leaders at ICUN's World Conservation Congress
History was made in Hawaii this week.  The IUCN World Conservation Congress is h eld once every four years since it's founding in 1948.   This is the first time the United States has been given the honor of hosting this international event.   The IUCN World Conservation Congress brought together 10,000 leaders and decisions-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and developing solutions to global challenges.
This was the very first time that youth programs for the IUCN Congress.
Young Leaders' Welcoming Reception
SHYLI Emerging Leader Tania duPont with
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii's First Lady Dawn Ige, U.S. Department Sally Jewel
Hawaii-Pacific Pavilion
Hosted by Representative Ryan Yamane,
Waipahu High School
SHYLI Emerging Leader Tania duPont Spoke

Tania with Senate President Ronald Kouchi, Rep. Ryan Yamane, Waipahu High School Students

IUCN's Youth Challenge
SHYLI Emerging Leader Juanito Moises Jr.
Juanito with Design Thinking Team
The first Youth Challenge with Design Thinking Hawaii, KUPU and 1000 students from schools: public, private and charter - explored sustainability exhibits, experienced Design Thinking and prototyped innovative sustainability ideas.

Unite to Move Forward

President Obama Announces World's Largest Protected Marine Reserve: Papahānaumokuākea
The newly expanded monument will allow us to permanently protect a fragile marine ecosystem that's home to more than 7,000 species and to study the effects of climate change in our oceans:
"My mother and father met probably a couple hundred yards from here...I went to school about a mile from here. I was actually born about a mile from here. My grandmother and my grandparents lived most of their lives a short way away from here. And so since Malia was born, since my oldest child was born, I've brought them here every Christmas for the last 18 years now. I want to make sure that when they're bringing their children here, or their grandchildren here, that they are able to appreciate the wonders and the beauty of this island and of the Pacific, and every island...We have to row as one. If we do, we might just save the one planet that we've got." -  President Obama  speaking in Hawaii on climate change and protecting our planet:

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