24 August 2007 – More than 180 young people from 85 countries will meet in Germany from 26 to 30 August in a United Nations-sponsored conference to discuss the ways in which technology can be used to promote environmental protection.
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner expressed the hope that on the bases of discussions at the conference, the participants will return to their countries and become beacons of activities and also motivators for many others to play a part in addressing environmental challenges.
The participants, aged 15 to 24, are all involved in environmental activities in their respective countries.
The meeting is being held at the headquarters of Bayer, the health care giant which is the largest sponsor of UNEP’s children and youth activities
The Tunza Conference derives its name from a Kiswahili word meaning “to treat with care and affection” or “to nurture.”