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Tunza International Childrenīs Conference 2009

Young people from all over the world stake their claim on a healthy planet.

Three billion people represented by emerging leaders - the children and youth of the world - converge on the Republic of Korea to voice their demands for action at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen this December.
UNEP’s Tunza International Children and Youth Conference, in Daejeon (Republic of Korea) on 17-23 August is the biggest youth gathering in the preparations of COP 15. This will be a key opportunity for 800 participants from over 100 countries to stake their claim to a low-carbon, resource-efficient, environmentally sustainable future.

Said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP): "The Tunza Children and Youth Conference is an important gathering of young people and an opportunity for them to discuss and to prepare their positions surrounding Copenhagen and climate change, but it is more than that. It is a gathering of the generation that will inherit the outcome of the decisions taken in December and beyond."

"For it will be in the lifetime of the three billion young people that the glaciers of the Himalayas will either persist or melt away; that the sea levels will stabilize or rise, swamping a third of Africa's coastal infrastructure; that the Amazon will remain the lungs of the planet or become an increasingly dried-out and disappearing ecosystem, and that the polar bear will continue as the iconic species of the Arctic or, like the Dodo and the dinosaurs, merely an artifact in the world's natural history museums," he added.