UN-sponsored youth conference kicks off in Bangalore, India

12 October 2005

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has brought together young people representing countries around the world at a meeting today in Bangalore, India, to discuss the eradication of poverty, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has brought together young people representing countries around the world at a meeting today in Bangalore, India, to discuss the eradication of poverty, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

The 150 youths between the ages of 15 and 24 will discuss Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will review the progress made on previous commitments outlined at a February meeting where they agreed to use peer-to-peer education, public awareness campaigns and partnerships to spread the word about environmental sustainability in their countries.

A new TunzaYouth Advisory Council will be formed at the six-day conference, with representatives from Africa, Southeast Asia, Asia, Latin America, and North America as well as two delegates from indigenous cultures.

Jointly sponsored with the Centre for Environment Education in India, and the Bayer Company of Germany, UNEP said the conference aims to “foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens who will better influence decision making processes and act responsibly to create a sustainable world.”

 

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