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Statements from UNEP and other youth conferences show that young people everywhere want more environmental education, more involvement in
decision-making and for us to think globally and act locally.
Hi there! 30 enthusiastic young people from all over the world launched the UNEP Youth Advisory Council on February 1 1999 in Nairobi, Kenya at the ‘Green Fire’ event. Our goal is to exchange ideas and lobby for international agreements. We have UNEP’s authority to speak at environmental meetings. Twelve advisors, two from each region, were elected to represent the Council. UNEP has asked us to create a Youth Strategy for Sustainable Consumption – find ways to persuade young people to cut down on their consumption and favour sustainably produced products. If you have any ideas on this, or any other environmental concern, the YAC wants to hear from you. Let’s work together to build a healthy future!
Celine Schwob, France, on behalf of the Youth Advisory Council, contact: theodore.oben>@unep.org
Each country should have a Youth Environment Security Council to look at environmental issues and suggest what action the government should take. The council would also develop projects for young people to carry out, with government support. Representatives of the national councils could meet to exchange ideas and lobby for international agreements to protect the environment for their, and future, generations.
The Editors of Pachamama
[From the statement of the UNEP Global Youth Forum, Washington DC 1994] As young, caring citizens of this planet, we commit ourselves to restoring and preserving our world, and to rebuilding our dreams of tomorrow – pure waters, vast wildlands, clean air and cities free from poverty. We embrace these ten commitments: