• Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment

    The Tunza International Children's Conferences provide a unique opportunity for children to present their environmental projects, inspire each other with their environmental work, become active environmental citizens and contribute towards the future of our planet.

    The conference is a follow-up on the decision adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg, South Africa, which states that views of the children's should be incorporated in decisions regarding environment.

    The conference will increase the children's understanding of environmental issues by providing them with a forum to share experiences and opinions and to collectively voice their concerns for the environment. It will also inspire them to initiate and implement community environmental projects in their school and community.

  • 2011 Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment

    The TUNZA conference for children and youth is being organized by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).

    The event will bring together around 1400 young people, mentors and celebrities from 100 countries. Participants are divided into two categories: children(10-14) and youth (15-25)

    Under the theme 'Reshaping our Future through a Green Economy and Sustainable Lifestyles’, the aim of the conference is to discuss the role of young people in sustainable development and to provide youth input to the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as "Rio+20", which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. One of the main outcomes of the conference will be the “Bandung Declaration”, whoch will provide as global youth statement on sustainable development in the run-up to Rio+20.

    Conference Website

    Conference Outputs

    Bandung Declaration


  • 2010 Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment

    The United Nations Environment Programme, in cooperation with the Aichi Prefectural Government and the City of Nagoya, will be hosting the 2010 International Children’s Conference on the Environment in Nagoya, Japan from 20 to 26 October 2010.

    The conference will provide a unique opportunity for children to present their environmental projects, inspire each other with their environmental work, and increase their understanding of environmental issues. The conference will provide them with a forum to share experiences and opinions and to collectively voice their concerns for the environment.

    The Conference whose theme will be Biodiversity will coincide with COP10. The conference will collectively bring together about 300 participants (aged 10 to 14) and their chaperones from 40 countries.The application process has been closed.

    Conference Outputs

    Press Release - Nagoya 2010: 'Tunza' conference unites young voices on biodiversity

    Declaration of the International Children's Conference on Biodiversity Aichi-Nagoya 2010


  • 2009 Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment

    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 plenary session, which was on Climate Change and Children, saw several young participants present their original, bold and creative projects, including Cassandra Lin’s project to ‘TGIF’ (‘Turn Grease Into Fuel’) in Rhode Island (USA), Eleanor Sutcliffe’s beach clean-up initiative in Wales (UK) and a group of Korean children who make soap from waste oil.

    Tunza Junior Board members also spoke out: Francesco Govender updated the participants on the Tunza African Regional Children’s Conference which took place on 7-10 August in Durban, and Yugratna Srivastava gave a rousing speech which ended with her call: “If not now, then when? If not us, then who?”

    Links

    Press Release: Biggest-Ever Youth Gathering on Climate Change to Call for Real Action in Copenhagen (20 July 2009)

    Tunza International Children and Youth Conference Korea Website


  • 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.

    Links

    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


  • 2004 Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment

    The Conference was for children between the ages of 10 and 14 and provided an opportunity for children to present their projects, inspire each other, to become active environmental citizens and to contribute towards the future of our planet.

    Links

    Press Release: Children to Take Center Stage at Tunza Conference

    Commitments


 
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