Tunza international youth conference on the environment

Theme: Health and Environment

Dates: February, 9 – 14, 2013

Venue: United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya.

Participants: youth representatives of environmental organizations between age of 15 and 24. All regions were represented in the conference but not all countries.

Participant from Kyrgyzstan: Sultankulova Meerim,  a researcher assistant in Aigine CRC

The conference’s main focus was on such topics as Health, Environment and Forests, the Global Environment, Sustainable Development, Sustainable consumption and food waste. All these topics were closely linked with the main theme of the conference.

The first day discussions were on the impact of the environment on human health. Speakers were discussing the reasons for growing number of cancer cases, the need for improvement of people’s access to water, problems of deforestation, and the links between anthropogenic impact on nature and its effects on a human health. Also, we had a workshop on development of project ideas. Experienced facilitators trained us to generate and implement projects on environment and health.  At the end of the day, there participants took «Safari walk» tour to Nairobi National Park, where we got exposed to wild life of savanna and watch lions, leopards, cheetahs, crocodiles, rhinos, giraffes, ostriches, monkeys and elephants. In order to protect natural landscapes, a net of rope-ladder was set up.  Thus, we were able to watch the park walking three meters above the ground.

An official opening of “Tunza” conference was on the second day of our stay in Nairobi which was followed by a cultural program performed by local music groups in ethno style. The main topic raised during discussions was the importance of a global youth movement in protection of the environment and cooperation between the youth representatives worldwide. Indeed, Internet makes the cooperation between youth representatives much easier. Also, participants discussed the results of GEO project. GEO project disseminates the information about efficient ways of water usage among the youth. GEO is entirely volunteer-based and it was shown as a model for the formation of youth organizations in other countries.

On the third day, we discussed the results of Rio +20 and youth’s vision of 2015.

On the fourth day, we discussed 10 principles of green economy. Principle #8 urges the development and comprehensive employment of the traditional knowledge and culture in local communities.

Indeed, traditional knowledge helps us to think globally and to act locally for the benefit of our own communities.