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TUNZA Children & Youth Conference on Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Towards RIO+20
15/ 09/ 2011

TUNZA Children & Youth Conference on Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Towards RIO+20As the world prepares for the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, more than 1,400 young people from 120 countries are gathering in Indonesia later this month to shape, sharpen and finalize their unique position on this once in a generation event

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Under the Auspices of His Excellency the President of Indonesia & in cooperation with the UN Information Centre, Jakarta

On the Road to Rio +20

UNEP Tunza International Children & Youth Conference

Youth in the Green Economy: Reshaping Lives & Livelihoods

When: 27 September - 1 October 2011
Where: Bandung, Indonesia
Who: - H.E. Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Professor Boediono,
- H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marty Natalegawa
- H.E. Minister of Environment, Muhammad Hatta
- H.E. Pak Kuntoro, Head of the President's Special Delivery Unit
- UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner.
- UNEP Goodwill Ambassador & renowned film-maker, Yann Arthus Bertrand
- Youth & Children representatives from around the world
- Winners of the 20th International Children's Competition from Philippines, Japan, Germany, Bahrain, the US, Mexico and Kenya.

As the world prepares for the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, more than 1,400 young people from 120 countries are gathering in Indonesia later this month to shape, sharpen and finalize their unique position on this once in a generation event.
The Rio Earth Summit of 1992 marked the birth of contemporary sustainable development and the establishment of seminal treaties on climate change to biodiversity.
Rio+20 will take place in a world markedly changed from that of the late 20th century in terms of economy, society, environment and geopolitics.
The youth and children, who are meeting for the Tunza conference in Indonesia's third largest city-Bandung in West Java-will deliver their requests, hopes and appeals to world leaders for a strong and transformative outcome in Rio via the Bandung Declaration.
High on the agenda of the Tunza conference, which is taking place from 27 September to 1 October 2011, will be the issue of decent Green jobs now and in the future-a subject that is emerging as a major challenge for the global economy alongside efforts to eradicate poverty.
Of the world's estimated 211 million unemployed people, nearly 40 percent - or about 81 million - are between 15 and 24 years of age.
Growth is needed to meet this crisis. But the challenge facing world leaders is how to generate sustainable growth that delivers social outcomes including employment and greater equity while keeping humanity's environmental foot print within planetary boundaries.
The two themes of Rio+20 reflect that challenge: a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.
UNEP and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have recently provided analysis indicating that a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy offers a major opportunity to achieve these multiple aims in sectors ranging from waste management and recycling to energy efficiency, transport and natural resource management including forestry.
Today for example more people are employed world-wide in renewable energy than in the fossil fuel industry, UNEP and the ILO have highlighted.
With most 80 percent of the world's young people living in developing countries, where dependence on natural resources and poverty intersect, green jobs generated through the shift to a more intelligent economic path represent an opportunity to reshape lives and livelihoods.
To assist young people debate these issues, UNEP has assembled a team of renowned experts, policy makers and scientists to lead focused workshops and seminars on relevant topics, during the course of the conference.
Also at hand, will be "mentors", selected from among the former youth representatives at the 1992 and 2002 UN conferences on sustainable development, who will engage with the youth in an open debate on charting a way forward towards Rio+20, while looking back at the achievements but also the lost opportunities of past processes.
UNEP will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its International Children's Painting Competition as it announces the winners for the 2011 award. A special exhibition of winning entries, since the inception of the prize in 1991, will be held at the venue.
The conference offers journalists the unique opportunity to report on issues that top the sustainability agenda, in the lead up to Rio+20, from the perspective of the young people of the world - supported by expert insights from world-class experts and high-level policy makers.
More information is available at http://www.unep.org

Participation
To confirm participation, please fill in the accreditation form www.unep.org/tunza/conference2011/home.aspx/accreditation and send it electronically or Email it to: media.accreditation@unep.org

Sponsorship
A limited number of sponsored invitations, including travel to Bandung and full board accommodation, is available and will be awarded to journalists on first come basis.

The sponsorship will cover travel and hotel accommodation during the period from 26 September to 1 October 2011.

Contacts

UNIC Jakarta, Adila Djali at adila.djali@unic.org or (6221) 3983-1011.

UNEP Nairobi, Waiganjo Njoroge at media.accreditation@unep.org or +254 20 762 5261


Event Highlights
Tuesday 27 September 2011
09:22: Opening Ceremony
10:30: Press Conference:
-Vice-President of Indonesia, Professor Dr. Boedion
-UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner
-Representative of the International Labour Organization, Vincent Jugault
-Representatives of Youth and Children delegates

11:00:Open Debate
Youth in the Green Economy: Reshaping Lives & Livelihoods

Panel Members:
- H.E. Pak Kuntoro, Head of the President's Special Delivery Unit
- UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner.
- ILO representative, . Vincent Jugault
- Wagaki Mwangi (Kenya), UNCCCD / youth representative to RIO 1992 Summit
- Dr. Michael Dorcey (US), Assistant Professor in Dartmouth College's Faculty of Science / youth representative to RIO 1992 Summit
- Zonibel Woods (Canada), Action Canada for Population and Development / youth representative to RIO 1992 Summit
- Children and youth representatives

Topic:
Former youth representatives at the 1992 and 2002 UN conferences on sustainable development will engage with the youth in an open debate on charting a way forward towards Rio+20, while looking back at the achievements but also the lost opportunities of past processes.

12:30: Award Ceremony of the winners of the 20th International Children's Painting Competition and 20th Anniversary Commemoration

Wednesday 28 September 2011
Sessions on Global Environmental Governance and Sustainable Consumption
Thursday 29 September 2011
Sessions on State of the Global Environment and Forests
Friday 30 September 2011
9:00 - 16:00: Field trips

Saturday 1 October 2011

9:00: Opening of World City Forest

14:30: Reception for Journalists hosted by Bayer

17:00: Press Conference on the outcome of the conference and the adoption of the Bandung Declaration.

19:00: Closing Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Further Resources
UNEP Green Jobs report
UNEP Green Economy report press release
UNEP Children and Youth Initiative International Conference
UNEP Green Economy Initiative