Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Young Agenda 21 Foundation of Norway will host the 2008 Tunza International Children’s Conference on the Environment which will bring together 1,000 people (700 children and 300 chaperones), between 10 and 14 years, from over 100 countries. The conference will be held from 17 to 21 June 2008 in Stavanger, Norway. The theme is "Creating change".
The Conference is a follow-up on the decision adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg, South Africa, which states that views of the children’s should be incorporated in decisions regarding environment.
The Conference will increase the children’s understanding of environmental issues by providing them with a forum to share experiences and opinions and to collectively voice their concerns for the environment. It will also inspire them to initiate and implement community environmental projects in their school and community.
The Conference will offer a series of workshops organized by both local and international facilitators on the themes of the Conference (Energy, Biodiversity, Water and Production and Consumption). The Conference will culminate in a set of commitments to be implemented by the children.
Junior Board which comprises of 12 members of eight representatives from the UNEP regions (North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, West Asia, Asia and the Pacific and 4 from Norway) will help with preparations for the Conference and ensures that the facilities and programme of the conference reflects the needs of the children.
Deadline for application is 31 October.
More information about the Conference is available at Young Agenda 21’s website, and in the UNEP website.

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