Extension of UNEP- Bayer Partnership on Youth and the Environment Millions of Young People Engaged Worldwide
Leverkusen / Nairobi, 8 November 2010 - A global partnership on youth and the environment that engages millions of young people worldwide - launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bayer AG in 2004 - will be extended to the end of 2013.
Projects implemented under the partnership range from tree planting, the development of educational materials and creative competitions, to the convening of major children and youth conferences and strengthening youth representation at major global events. Bayer will invest 1.7 million US Dollars annually in support of projects carried out under the partnership.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said, "Youth and children represent over 37% of the world's population. Their future will be shaped by our action to protect the planet. The partnership with Bayer aims to step up efforts to facilitate young people's access to vital information on the state of the planet, to invest in their initiatives and to ensure their voices are heard in the international arena."
Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, said, "We are looking forward to continuing this successful partnership with UNEP that strikes such a chord with young people throughout the world. We are committed to initiating constructive dialogue with and supporting young people who are interested in environmental issues. After all, they can make a valuable contribution through their justified interest, critical awareness, commitment and passion for environmental protection."
Through the partnership, UNEP and Bayer create opportunities for young people and children to expand and share their environmental knowledge and skills and to put into practice concrete environmental protection ideas. What began as a pioneering project in 2004 has now become a public-private partnership that serves as a model for both organizations.