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Tunza Vol. 9.3: The road to Rio+20 [English]

Tunza Vol. 9.3: The road to Rio+20 [English]

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UNEP's magazine for youth.
UNEP's magazine for youth.

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Published by: United Nations Environment Programme on Mar 28, 2012
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Green jobs, green optionsHalf the planet, one voice
 The UNEP Magazine for Youth
 for young people · by young people · about young people
The road to Rio+20
Vol 9 No 3
the UNEP magazinefor youth. To view currentand past issues of thispublication online,please visit www.unep.org
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
PO Box 30552, Nairobi, KenyaTel (254 20) 7621 234Fax (254 20) 7623 927Telex 22068 UNEP KEE-mail uneppub@unep.orgwww.unep.orgISSN 1727-8902
Director of Publications
Nick Nuttall
Geoffrey Lean
Special Contributor 
Wondwosen Asnake
 Youth Editor 
Karen Eng
Guest Editor 
Daniela Jaramillo Troya
Nairobi Coordinator 
Naomi Poulton
Head, UNEP’s Children and Youth Unit
 Theodore Oben
Circulation Manager 
Mohamed Atani
Edward Cooper, Ecuador 
Cover photo
 Youth contributors
Andrew Bartolo (Malta); AlinaBezhenar (Russia); María del Refugio Boa Alvarado(Mexico); Mariana Carnasciali (Brazil); Ella Cunnison(UK); Sebastien Duyck (France); Elham Fadaly (Egypt);Aghnia Fasza (Indonesia); Mary Jade P. Gabanes(Philippines); Shakeem Goddard (St Lucia); Christopher Grant (St Vincent & Grenadines); Anisa Haernissa(Indonesia); Hu Ching (Singapore); M. Ihsan Kaadan(Syria); Alex Lenferna (South Africa); Cassandra Lin(USA); Dalia Fernanda Márquez Añez (Venezuela);Michael Muli (Kenya); Andrea Nava (Guatemala); ShrutiNeelakantan (India); Arleo Neldo (Indonesia); MaryamNisywa (Indonesia); Stephen Njoroge (Kenya); KevinOchieng (Kenya); José Humberto Páez Fernández(Costa Rica); Gracia Paramitha (Indonesia); María Reyes(Ecuador); Sarah Ervinda Rudianto (Indonesia); Neima’tAllah Shawki (Sudan); Rishabh Singh (India); PritishTaval (India); Ben Vanpeperstraete (Belgium); VictoriaWee (Canada); Daniel Zardo (Brazil).
Other contributors
Karen Armstrong; Jane Bowbrick;Yu-Rin Chung (Bayer); Severn Cullis-Suzuki; MichaelDorsey; Ginnie Guillén; James Hung; YolandaKakabadse; Brice Lalonde; Frank Rothbarth (Bayer);Achim Steiner (UNEP); Zonibel Woods; Rosey Simondsand David Woollcombe (Peace Child International).Printed in Malta
The contents of this magazine do not necessarily reflect the viewsor policies of UNEP or the editors, nor are they an official record.The designations employed and the presentation do not imply theexpression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNEP concern-ing the legal status of any country, territory or city or its authority, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
 UNEP promotesenvironmentally sound practicesglobally and in its own activities. Thismagazine is printed on 100% chlorine-freepaper from sustainably managed forests, usingvegetable-based inks and other eco-friendlypractices. Our distribution policy aimsto reduce UNEP’s carbon footprint.
UNEP and Bayer, the German-based multinational involved inhealth care, crop protectionand high-tech materials, areworking together to strengthen young people’s environmentalawareness and engage childrenand youth in environmental issuesworldwide.
A partnership agreement, originallysigned in 2004 and renewed in 2007and 2010, runs through 2013. It laysdown the basis for UNEP and Bayer toimplement the projects under thepartnership. These include: TUNZAMagazine, the International Children’sPainting Competition on theEnvironment, the UNEP TunzaInternational Youth and Children’sConferences, youth environmentalnetworks in Africa, Asia Pacific,Europe, Latin America and theCaribbean, North America and WestAsia, the Bayer Young EnvironmentalEnvoy Program and a photocompetition, ‘Ecology in Focus’, inEastern Europe.The long-standing partnershipbetween UNEP and Bayer has becomea public-private partnership thatserves as a model for bothorganizations.
The Bandung Declaration 3New beginnings at Rio+20 4Half the planet, one voice 6A week of inspiration 6We were there! 7In with the new 8Six minutes to save the Earth 10Earth Summits and Multilateral 12Environmental AgreementsGreen jobs, green options 14Enjoying the BYEE buzz 16Sharing inspiration 17Young leaders 18Start with yourself 20Seven steps into the future 22Beyond the art of the probable 24
Keep up with TUNZA on your mobile 
or on Facebook 
The road to Rio+20
uring the UNEP Tunza Children and YouthConference 2011, participants worked on forginga strong, concrete global youth statement to betaken to world leaders at Rio+20. In the weeks leadingup to the conference, a youth steering committee of Tunza Youth Advisory Council members and leadersof youth organizations around the world gatheredideas and statements to create a draft of the BandungDeclaration. Over three days participants read, discussedand amended the draft, and at the closing plenary, thedelegates put the finishing touches to the declaration.Here are a few of the highlights.
We … are united in calling upon world leaders to move to asustainable development pathway that safeguards the Earthand its people for our generation and generations to come.Rio+20 … marks a generation since the 1992 Earth Summit– the first effective global recognition of the environmental,social and economic costs of unrestrained development.Our governments … promised to reduce poverty, stemenvironmental degradation and enhance equity. Businessesand multi-national corporations have pledged to respectthe environment, green their production and compensatefor their pollution. Yet, our planet’s future – our future – isin peril. We cannot wait another generation, until a Rio+40,before we act.We pledge the following commitments to make the Rio+20Earth Summit a milestone for change:
• lobby our governments to make the Rio+20 Earth Summita top priority;adopt more sustainable lifestyles and educate our localcommunities, including indigenous communities, sharingknowledge at the same level.
We urge the Rio+20 Earth Summit to agree that all greeneconomies should:
protect and value natural resources and ecosystems,on which all life depends, and recognize the traditionalknowledge and practices of indigenous peoples and localcommunities;invest in education and social entrepreneurship whichengenders sustainable development values;• engage citizens to protect the environment in their everydaylives…
We call upon world leaders to come to Rio to collectivelyreinvest political will in:
• developing national green economy transition plans andagendas for action;• responsibly phasing out subsidies that are harmful to theenvironment;• incorporating environmental and social considerations ineconomic policy formation and adopt alternative measuresof development to gross domestic product …
We call upon business leaders to collectively commit to:
• implementing effective corporate social and environmentalresponsibility through a new economic model that ensuressustainable resource use;• [being] accountable for the sustainability of their supplychain and production patterns;• [increasing] investment in environmentally beneficial scien-tific research and development …
We need to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of theestablished international institutions and assess newinstitutional structures that guide us toward a sustainablegreen and fair economy. We believe such structures should:
• focus on implementing existing international agreementsand plans of action;hold governments, corporations and civil society organ-izations accountable to their promises and obligations onsustainable development;• further the implementation of the precautionary principleand demand reparations of damages, such as applied tonew technologies and practices;
andWe believe that good governance at the country, state,province and city levels should:
• meaningfully engage all stakeholders in the decision-makingprocess, considering the views and opinions of minorities,the underprivileged, illiterate, and the unemployed;protect and defend the rights of young and futuregenerations.
To read the full text: http://www.tunza2011.org/index.php/agenda/bandung-declaration

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