"Creating Change" - Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be organizing its Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment in Stavanger, Norway from 17 to 21 June 2008. It will bring together 1,000 children aged 10 to 14 years, to learn about the environment through plenary sessions, hands-on workshops and field trips. The Conference will increase the children's understanding of environmental issues by providing them with a forum to share experiences and collectively voice their concerns for the environment. The themes of the Conference include, Energy, Bio-diversity, Resources and water.
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.
For more information on the Conference, and to submit a nomination from your organisation please visit the website:
For those who are unable to apply on-line, please complete the nomination form and submit it to the address given below.
(See attached file: Tunza IYC conference nomination form.doc)
For further information on the conference, please contact:
The Children and Youth / Sport and the Environment Unit
Division of Communications and Public Information
United Nations Environment Programme
P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 -20- 762 3937 / 762 5066,
Fax: +254 -20-762 3927/ 762 4350