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UNEP Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment

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The TUNZA International Children's Conference on the Environment is an event that seeks to increase children's understanding of environmental issues by providing them with a forum to learn about and to collectively voice their concerns for the environment. It also inspires them to initiate and implement community environmental projects in their school and communities. The first conference was held in 1995 in Eastbourne UK. Other conferences have been held in Kenya, Canada, USA, Malaysia and Norway.

The United Nations Environment Programme in cooperation with UNEP's National Committee for the Republic of Korea hosted the 2009 Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment in Daejeon, Korea from 17 - 21 August 2009.


Under the theme “Climate Change: Our Challenge” the Conference collectively brought together about 800 participants (aged 10 to 14) from over 100 countries to review, share experiences and develop a joint statement on climate change. The daily themes included:

  • Climate change and its effect on bio-diversity
  • Climate change and young people
  • Water
  • Sustainable lifestyle

The delegates were also introduced to the new Tunza Strategy (2009-2014), and discussed their role in the implementation of the strategy. The four-day Conference culminated in resolutions on climate change that were presented to the Children's Climate Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009. More details on this conference are available on