In February 2003, the Governing Council of UNEP adopted a long-term strategy for engaging young people in environmental activities and in the work of UNEP. The strategy was entitled the Tunza Youth Strategy. The word “TUNZA” means “to treat with care or affection” in Kiswahili (a sub-regional language of Eastern Africa). The overall Tunza Concept, therefore, is built around this theme. It is an initiative that is meant to develop activities in the areas of capacity building, environmental awareness, and information exchange, with a vision to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens, capable of positive action.
THE 19TH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S PAINTING COMPETITION ON THE ENVIRONMENT
UNEP has launched the 19th International children's painting competition. The Competition is organized annually by the UNEP and the Japan-based Foundation for Global
Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has more than 2.4 million entries from children in over 100 countries.
The theme for 2010 competition is Biodiversity: Connecting with Nature and it will focus on our beautiful earth, full of different life forms and what can we do to protect it.
The children’s paintings will focus on concrete actions to preserve biodiversity such as tree planting, marine and animal conservation, restoration of coral reefs etc
The selection process will be in two stages; the regional selection which will be done by UNEP Regional Offices and their partners, and the global selection which will be done by
UNEP and its partners, Foundation for Global peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation.
UPCOMING DAYS OF ACTION
WORLD WATER DAY
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.