GEO-5 for Youth Launched with Input from UMass Boston Students
The 2013 TUNZA International Youth Conference opened on February 11th, 2013 with the launch of a new publication TUNZA Acting for a Better World: GEO-5 for Youth. The report incorporates key findings from the recently published GEO5, UNEP’s comprehensive assessment of the state of the global environment, in order to equip passionate youth with cutting edge knowledge on climate change, air quality, biodiversity, and other drivers of global change. The report also showcases innovative sustainable development projects from youth around the globe, including as a bio-fuels farm started by a sibling team in India, and a Nicaraguan project manufacturing durable building materials from waste.
An important objective of the TUNZA report is to inform youth around the world of the history and trajectory of global environmental governance leading up to the Rio+20 conference that took place in June, 2012. In pursuit of this goal, UNEP asked for the contribution of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies Fall 2012 class on International Environmental Organizations, led by Professor Maria Ivanova. The class provided constructive feedback on a timeline of the “Road to Rio+20,” suggesting that the information be both sharpened and simplified to make it more accessible and engaging. The result of their efforts can be viewed on pages 90-91 of the final TUNZA report in an attractive graphic that has incorporated all class recommendations, including much of their suggested text. Students Elena Kennedy, Shauna Murray, Liz Morrison, Paraskevi Moutopoulos, Jackie Steinberg, Roosevelt Thomas, and Daniel Zaleznik of UMass Boston, as well as Professor Ivanova, are all fully credited as reviewers for the publication.
The TUNZA International Youth Conference is meeting in Nairobi Kenya, and includes youth delegates from over 100 countries. The conference is organized by UNEP, and will run from February 11th to 14th.