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UNESCO Director-General Urges the Youth to Engage in the Combat Against Climate Change

UNESCO Director-General Urges the Youth to Engage in the Combat Against Climate Change 8 August 2008: In a message on the occasion of International

Youth Day, being celebrated on 12 August 2008 under the theme “Young people and

climate change: time for action,” the Director General of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, stressed the

role that young people can play in addressing the challenge of climate change

and sustainable development.

He explained that the Day provides an opportunity to raise

awareness of young people to a future threat and encourage them to find

innovative solutions. Matsuura explained that UNESCO not only aims to

contribute to scientific knowledge, but also addresses the social, economic and

cultural dimensions of climate change. He outlined the support given by the

Organization to young researchers, as well as its awareness raising activities.

In this respect, he highlighted the joint YouthXchange initiative of UNESCO and

the UN Environment Programme, which recommends sustainable consumption and

lifestyle patterns. [UNESCO Director General's message]