Global Youth Leadership Summit in New York Thu, Jul 17, 2008

The People Speak, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, is hosting its first Youth Leadership Summit, starting on 17 July, with various events at the United Nations, and in New York City. The summit is focusing on climate change, and what actions individuals can take to reduce emissions in their communities, and UNEP's Executive Director Achim Steiner delivered a welcoming message.

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New York, 17 July 2008 - The People Speak, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, is hosting its first Youth Leadership Summit, starting on 17 July, with various events at the United Nations, and in New York City. The summit is focusing on climate change, and what actions individuals can take to reduce emissions in their communities, and UNEP's Executive Director Achim Steiner delivered a welcoming message.

The Youth Leadership Summit was convened in partnership with the National Forensic League and IDEA, the summit features presentations and hands-on activities for high school students and educators, including access to UN officials, a UN tour and skill-building workshops.

The summit brings together nearly 200 high school students and educators from 11 countries to learn about how the United Nations addresses the many facets of climate change. The schools represented are the winners of a contest where points were awarded for various projects to raise awareness about the urgent need to address climate change. Schools received credit for holding a debate, creating public service announcements, submitting a letter to the editor in their local newspaper or engaging with elected officials. The summit runs through Saturday, 19 July.

For more information, or to speak with conference organizers and participants, please contact Victoria Baxter via email at vbaxter@unfoundation.org or +1 202 262 5065.

For media inquiries, please contact John Anthony at janthony@unfoundation.org or +1 202 778 1639.

Multi-media content, including PSAs produced by participants, can be downloaded at:

http://thepeoplespeak.org/activities/global-debates/.

Or visit the Climate Pledge Wiki at:

http://youthclimatepledge.scribblewiki.com/Main_Page.

 
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