The MOFILM competitions are run in association with leading film festivals from around the world. Our brief is being included in the competition for the Rome International Film Festival 28 October – 5 November. Entries for this competition close on 11 October. TEEB will be able to announce the winner at Nagoya. This would have a two-fold effect of raising TEEB profile to an international film audience via the competition itself and the London Film Festival, plus further increasing profile through our own PR activity at Nagoya. www.mofilm.com
MOFILM started as an artistic project in early 2007 and has grown into a global community of filmmakers working with world-leading brands and distributing content to much of the globe. MOFILM has pioneered 'made-for-mobile' content working with leading filmmakers such as Kevin Spacey, Robert Redford, Isabella Rossellini and Spike Lee to highlight and champion talented MOFILMers from around the world. MOFILM also run the world's largest mobile film festival in Barcelona, Spain once a year in conjunction with the GSM Association, as well as working with leading film festivals, including Shanghai, Cannes, Sundance, Locarno and London. Currently MOFILM works with mobile operators in over 50 countries around the world to distribute content to mobile from within the MOFILM community. www.mofilm.com
In celebration of the International Year of Biological Diversity (2010), Bioversity International’s Diversity for Life campaign will sponsor a weeklong celebration of biodiversity in music, video, poetry, drama and art. The festival will include keynote addresses, roundtable discussions, concerts, exhibits and workshops for children. Based in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica from 20 to 23 May, La Settimana della Biodiversità will promote a broad recognition of the leading role that Italy has played in supporting the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity all around the world. The festival will provide an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness of the value of agricultural biodiversity to the lives of human beings. World-renowned scientists, humanists, philosophers, gardeners and chefs will ensure that the festival has wide appeal and an international spotlight.
World Urban Forum 5: The right to the city-bridging the urban divide
In the space of a few short years, the World Urban Forum has turned into the world's premier conference on cities. The Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.
Ocean acidification, the other CO2 problem: how far will life resist? A quest for answers in the Arctic
How can we stop emitting CO2 in the atmosphere? This requires huge changes both at the global, country and individual levels! The contest calls for daring ideas and experiences directly reducing CO2 emissions from your school community. Send all your project ideas & achievements (preferably in English, or in your langage with at least a summary in English) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 May 2010.
CarboSchools open conference: "Teacher-scientist partnerships for climate change education"
From April 10-16 the CarboSchools Spring School will gather students and teachers from all over Europe at Jena. This unique educational experience will be centered around presentations, meetings, workshops, group-work, cultural experiences and fun! Further information on the CarboSchools Spring School can be found here.
In parallel educators, scientists and anyone interested in climate change science education is invited to participate in the CarboSchools Open Conference from April 14-16. Further information on the CarboSchools Open Conference can be found here.
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Environment Day 2009
World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The theme for WED 2009 is 'Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change'. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen. Find out more at:
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“SEAL the DEAL’’ Youth Action on Climate Change
In September 2009, UNEP with the support of UNICEF and several other UN agencies hope to bring together over one million young people to march across one hundred capitals to deliver to global leaders a petition on behalf of the world’s three billion young people. The petition will be developed online and finally agreed to in Daejeon, South Korea at a Global Townhall for young people on climate change.
Organized against the backdrop of the world wide campaign on climate change “Seal the Deal”, the petition aims to ensure the voices of youth reach, and hopefully inspire world leaders to sign a definitive climate deal in Copenhagen.
Children and Youth Conference on Climate Change (17- 25 August - Daejeon, South Korea)
The Conference will bring together 1,000 participants comprising 750 children (10 to 14 years) and 250 youth (15 to 24 years). The theme of the conference is Climate Change - Our Challenge and will include two high profile events (a Global Townhall and a Global Debate on climate change). The Conference will result in a petition to world leaders and an action plan for promoting individual actions on climate change.
Global Townhall (20 August 2009)
The Global Townhall meeting will include all 1,000 participants of the Conference and virtual participants from over 20 cities around the world connected via webcasting.
Global Debate on Climate Change with political and business leaders (20 August 2009)
The participants of the Conference will have an opportunity to discuss climate change in a debate with political and business leaders and explore scenarios for the global community as well as the individual participants to adopt actions to address climate change. Partnerships with major broadcasters and parallel online events will maximize the reach and impact of the events.
UniteforClimate Online Campaign
UniteforClimate is an interactive social networking platform developed by UNICEF in collaboration with UNEP. It provides a platform for young people to learn, interact and share their thoughts about climate change and the action needed to combat global warming. The launch is scheduled to take place on 20 August 2009 during the Global Townhall.Young people will be encouraged to interact with scientists and decision-makers in an attempt to build their capacity and knowledge and to blog their messages and experiences online through their own blog sites or through Facebook, YouTube and other venues.
Virtual Climate Wall
A Virtual Climate Wall will allow young people to articulate their concerns on climate change so the world can understand why the next generation feels it’s imperative to reach agreement in Copenhagen. This Climate Wall will be projected at UN headquarters during the General Assembly meeting on 22 September, and at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December.
Global Action Week on Climate Change (20-25 September 2009)
Young People from around the world will be invited to join a Global Action Week on Climate Change. This initiative is being organized in partnership with the world’s leading environmental NGO’s and coincides with the UN General Assembly Summit in New York on 22 September 2009.
Making children's voices heard at the 2009 Children's Climate Forum in Copenhagen
On October, 2008 students at a special school in Copenhagen convened to make themselves heard in the global climate debate, as UNICEF Denmark and the municipality of Copenhagen hosted a preview of the Children’s Climate Forum Copenhagen 2009 (CCFC 09), which will be held in November.
CCFC 09 is being held in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15), which will be held in December 2009. Children from around the world will be involved in the event, all of whom will have had previous experience working with climate and democracy in their home countries. The children will take part in digital communities and online learning scenarios prior to the event. Find out more about the event at:
UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP15)
Copenhagen, 7-18 December 2009 http://en.cop15.dk/
The overall goal for the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted by Denmark is to establish an ambitious global climate agreement for the period from 2012 when the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol expires.
See other youth events in 2009 on the UN Youth Web site
Tunza International Children’s Conference on the Environment (Daejeon, Korea 17 - 20 August 2009)
The United Nations Environment Programme in cooperation with UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea will be hosting the 2009 Tunza International Children’s Conference on the Environment in Daejeon, Korea. The Conference whose theme will be ‘Climate Change: Our Challenge’ will collectively bring together about 400 participants (aged 10 to 14) from over 100 countries. Find out more about the event at:
Children and Youth International Conference "Let's Take Care of the Planet"
The Children and Youth International Conference is an educational campaign that brings a political view on environmental issues into education. It attracts and engages youngsters (12 to 14 years of age) in essential research and debate on contemporary socio-environmental challenges within their school communities. Find out more at:
Carboschools+ Annual Meeting in Pistoia (25 - 30 April 2009)
The Carboschools project meeting was held in Pistoia, Italy. Carboschools+ is a project financed by the ‘Science in Society’ programme of the European Union. Twelve research institutes in eight different countries study how to encourage and support collaboration between schools and research based in the variety of contexts, approaches, arguments and age groups that are involved at a regional level in the different projects. Started in 2004 by CarboEurope and CARBOOCEAN, two major research projects on the carbon cycle, it has proposed, by 2010, to include 90 scientists, 140 teachers and more than 3000 students. For more information visit: http://www.carboschools.org/