Tunza International Youth Conference on Climate Change 2009

Tunza International Youth Conference on Climate Change 2009

English

Note: the following entry needs assistance with content and editing. Please help us complete it.

 

Problems and Purpose

The Tunza International Youth Conference on Climate Change 2009 addressed the issue of climate change by convening over 800 youth, aged 10-24, from over 100 countries around the world. It was part of a global UN-wide "Seal the Deal!" campaign spearheaded by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to galvanize political will and public support for a comprehensive global climate agreement.

History

Know what events led up to this initiative? Help us complete this section!

Participant Recruitment and Selection

According to the UN, "Participants at the conference were selected from thousands of applicants based on their outstanding ‘green’ achievements in their respective countries, illustrating strides made by the next generation to address the serious threat of global warming." In total, over 800 participants were selected with approximately 700 convening in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, and the rest joining remotely through an interactive online webcast program set up at 15 sites around the world. Global webcast sites included: Cuernavaca, Mexico; Bangkok, Thailand; London, UK; Pune, India: and Nairobi, Kenya.

Originating Entities and Funding

Know who was involved in organizing and/or funding this initiative? Help us complete this section!

Methods and Tools Used

Know what methods and tools were used during this initiative? Help us complete this section!

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

Eight hundred young people from around the globe called on world leaders to stand up and take substantial measures against climate change. The young participants issued a declaration at the conclusion of the Town Meeting, and sent them with personal letters to governments in over 100 capitals around the world and to each of the world leaders, from U.S. President Barack Obama to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, urging them to "Seal a meaningful Deal on climate change" at Copenhagen. 

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the youths' declaration at the opening of the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly in September and to global leaders in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Analysis and Lessons Learned

 

Want to contribute an analysis of this initiative? Help us complete this section!

 

External Links

 

https://unngls.org/index.php/un-ngls_news_archives/2009/969-tunza-intern...

Note

The original version of this case study first appeared on Vitalizing Democracy in 2010 and was a contestant for the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize. It was originally submitted by Eric Diters.

Case Data

Overview

General Issue(s): 

Location

Geolocation: 
Daejeon
South Korea
36° 21' 1.4832" N, 127° 23' 4.3728" E
KR
Geographical Scope: 

History

Start Date: 
Monday, August 17, 2009
End Date: 
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Ongoing: 
No
Number of Meeting Days: 
14.00

Participants

Total Number of Participants: 
800
Targeted Participants (Demographics): 
Targeted Participants (Public Roles): 

Process

Facilitation?: 
Yes
If yes, were they ...: 
Facetoface, Online or Both: 
Face-to-Face
Online
Type of Interaction among Participants: 
Decision Method(s)?: 
If voting...: 
[no data entered]

Organizers

Who paid for the project or initiative?: 
United Nations Environment Programme
Type of Funding Entity: 
Who was primarily responsible for organizing the initiative?: 
Type of Organizing Entity: 
Who else supported the initiative? : 
[no data entered]
Types of Supporting Entities: 
[no data entered]

Resources

Total Budget: 
[no data entered]
Average Annual Budget: 
[no data entered]
Number of Full-Time Staff: 
[no data entered]
Number of Part-Time Staff: 
[no data entered]
Staff Type: 
[no data entered]
Number of Volunteers: 
[no data entered]

Discussions

No discussions have been started yet.