UNEP interacts and consults with youth partners through a number of conferences and events all year round. Activities include the Tunza International Youth Conference, the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Programme, the Tunza Global Youth Retreat and the Volvo Adventure.
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Each year on 12 August, International Youth Day (IYD) is assigned a theme; a conceptual slogan that communicates the scope, direction, and objectives of the year’s youth initiatives and that also provides a unifying banner from under which individuals can draw the inspiration to take action.
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, World Habitat Day will be celebrated on 1 October 2012. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter.
Each year, around 50 Young Environmental Envoys from around the world have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to Germany to learn about trends and perspectives in the field of environmental protection and sustainability.
The 2012 World Student Summit for Sustainability (S3 2012) is the first annual WSCSD summit to be held in Africa. The summit will focus on developing a common understanding of a green economy and how youth energy, action and innovation can be harnessed for an enhance impact in sustainable development.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All to mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030: providing universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Forests 2011 celebrates all the benefits forests provide people. We’ve developed materials to help you learn more about the vital role forests play in our lives, some of which are available in multiple languages. Write to us and let us know how you’re using them.
While some UN conferences can become over-preoccupied with commas and square brackets, young people from across the globe today underlined their singular and committed preoccupation-action to save and fast track a future for planet Earth.
In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development, the United Nations proclaimed an International Year of Youth starting on 12 August 2010.
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity. 2010-2020 will also be the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
The Tunza Regional Youth Conference was the climax of the Tunza month in Africa. The conference was funded under the UNEP–BAYER Partnership. It provided an opportunity to show Rwanda and UNEP’s work on biodiversity and highlight regional challenges.
This year’s conference theme was “African Youth Standing up for Biodiversity”
nternational World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
Tunza month began on 5 May, 2010 and it was a month for children and youth to come together and act on issues affecting Biodiversity.
The Tunza International Children and Youth Conference kicked off with a roar on Monday 17 August with 550 children from 110 countries around the world. The Opening Plenary saw the participants welcomed by Daejeon Mayor Park Seoung-Hyo, Dr Kim Jae Bum, the Secretary-General of the UNEP National Committee for Korea, and Dirk Frenzel representing global sponsor Bayer AG.
The first-ever Global Climate Week was officially launched today in the German city of Hamburg, kicking off a week of synchronised activity around the world for urgent action to combat climate change. Over 60 events will be taking place in Hamburg over the week. The opening ceremony is to take place at 1.00pm in the Hamburg Europa Passage that aims to showcase the effects of climate change in an interactive exhibition.
The Global Youth Gathering takes place every two years in Nairobi, in conjunction with the biennial regular session of the UNEP Governing Council. It brings together the Tunza Youth Advisory Council and youth leaders from around the world, and accords them a platform to influence the decisions of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum (GC/GMEF) and to participate in the Global Civil Society Forum.
In partnership with UNEP, Bayer organizes and promotes the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Programme which is aimed at improving young people's knowledge about the environment, supporting them in their environmental commitments, providing them with an opportunity to network with their fellow youth leaders and enabling them observe environmental practices in industry and in life in one of the most technologically advanced nations, Germany.
The Volvo Adventure is an environmental award programme organized annually by Volvo and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It seeks to promote environmental innovation and aspirations among young people aged 13 to 16 from around the world. The programme was launched in 2001.
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