The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv has the endorsement of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the Japanese hosts. It is managed and implemented by the German Technical Cooperation GTZ, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the Japanese University of Tsukuba. Its core financer is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Additionally it has received logistical and financial support from several Japanese organizations, the German Federal Foundation of the Environment (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU), the National Park Bayerischer Wald, the Mexican Senate, Star Alliance Airlines, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), and the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF Germany.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), based in Montreal, Canada, was established to support the goals of the Convention: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. Link
Established in 1992, the World Heritage Centre is the focal point and coordinator within UNESCO for all matters related to World Heritage. Ensuring the day-to-day management of the Convention, the Centre organizes the annual sessions of the World Heritage Committee and its Bureau, provides advice to States Parties in the preparation of site nominations and organizes international assistance from the World Heritage Fund upon request. Link
Tsukuba University was originally founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest universities in Japan. The university is ranked one of the top Asian universities. Their World Heritage Studies Program is a response to the world-wide diversity in needs for the protection and utilization of both cultural and natural heritage. Link
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network comprised of government and NGO member organizations. Among its many tasks, it is the official technical advisory body to the World Heritage Committee on natural heritage. Through its worldwide network of specialists it reports on the state of conservation in World Heritage sites and evaluates nominations from state parties. Link
The federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Eschborn, is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. It supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. Link
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) formulates the development policy of the Federal Republic of Germany, which is carried out by the implementing organisations. Link