2008 Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Young Agenda 21 Foundation of Norway hosted the 2008 Tunza International Children’s Conference on the Environment in Stavanger, Norway from 17 to 21 June 2008. The conference whose theme was Creating Change, brought together about 1,000 participants (700 children aged 10 to 14 and 300 chaperones) from 105 countries. Each day begun with a keynote speech followed by presentations from children on their projects and thereafter workshops and fieldtrips related to the daily themes of Energy, Water, Biodiversity, Sustainable Consumption and Production.
The four-day conference culminated in a set of commitments by the delegates on environmental actions they will undertake on returning home. The highlight of the Conference was the election of the 2008-2010 Junior Board comprising of 11 children – seven from the UNEP regions (North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, West Asia, Asia and the Pacific) and four from Korea, which is the host for the next children’s conference in 2010. The Junior Board will assist with the preparations of the 2010 children’s conference and will advise UNEP on better ways of engaging children in environmental processes.
The chaperones were offered a number of environmental workshops and they discussed how they would support the delegates in the implementation of their projects. They also participated in discussions on the new Tunza Strategy 2009-2014. The strategy will be presented to the UNEP Governing Council in February 2009.
Commitments from Conference Participants
Press Release, 17 June 2008: Child activists tell their story
Executive Director's Message: Children's Environment Conference Creates Change Around the World
"My Story" Video Clips
Children's Projects Presented at the Conference
Film shown at Closing Ceremony
UNEP/Young Agenda 21-Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment 2008