UNICEF Mozambique and the Rio+20 Conference
MOZAMBIQUE, Maputo, 20 June 2012 – The Rio+20 conference, which is formally known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and takes place in Rio de Janeiro this week, aims to gather world leaders, the private sector, NGOs and civil society to advance social equity, reduce poverty and ensure environmental protection across the globe. In preparation for the conference, UNICEF Mozambique was involved in several initiatives.
Partnering with the Ministry of the Environment (MICOA) and Radio Mocambique (RM), UNICEF conducted a participative workshop with the goal of encouraging children and young people to take on leadership roles in society, in particular with regard to issues related to the environment. The participants developed input and messages for the Rio+20 summit and proposed activities for children in schools, communities and other settings. These discussions are being shared at the Rio+20 conference by a young Mozambican, who represents the country’s children and youth as part of Mozambique’s official delegation to the conference.
Additionally, UN agencies worked with MICOA to conduct television debates on the green economy with the objective of raising the capacity of the media in Mozambique to cover environmental challenges. Journalists are attending the Rio+20 conference with the aim of returning to Mozambique and sharing initiatives and messages on sustainability, climate change and disaster preparedness. One of the ways these messages will be disseminated is through the Participatory Child Rights Media Network, to encourage children to be active contributors to important environmental challenges affecting their lives.
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