This European project is the continuity of an international process launched in Brazil in 2009, that culminated with Brasilia Conference in June 2010.
The INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The Brazilian Ministers of Education and of the Environment invited in 2009 the UN Member States to take part in a large scale process of international cooperation: the International Conference of Children and Teenagers for the Environment - “Let’s take Care of the Planet”, which was held in Brasilia in June 2010.
The International Conference and the previous national processes were the results of a common action between the governments, the civil society and the international organizations. It was organized in the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
The Conference proposed a main topic for debate, shared by all the participants: the global socio-environmental changes. This topic includes the climate changes issue in its various dimensions: ecological, historical, geographical, social, cultural, economic and technological.
The International Conference in figures:
52 countries took part in the “Let’s take Care of Planet” process
323 delegates, aged from 12 to 15, of whom 47 from Europe
69 facilitators, aged from 18 to 26, of whom 7 from Europe
110 chaperons, of whom 14 from Europe
22 persons in charge of workshops
82 members of the coordination and technical teams
The International Conference in sound and images:
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At the origine of this international project, a Brazilian experience honed since 2003
The project “Let’s take Care of Planet!” enters in a process that was born in 2003 with the 1st National conference of Children and Teenagers for the Environment, organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education. This process involved 21.000 schools and 7,5 million young people in Brazil. The charters “Vamos Cuidar do Brasil” - “Let’s take Care of Brazil” - written during these conferences, were one of the main results of this dynamics.
In 2009, during the 3rd Brazilian National conference, a meeting of international observers was organized in parallel, to assess the feasibility of a similar process in various countries of the world and of organizing an International Conference of youth for the Environment. The challenge was then launched, and assumed successfully!
In 2010, le project was supported by different partners. The International Conference was mainly supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation. The European dynamic was implemeted thanks to the Foudation de France, the Hippocrène Foundation and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation.