Five Chinese youths with outstanding records in environmental
protection are attending a four-day meeting in Leverkusen, Germany,
to exchange views and experiences with their counterparts from 85
The TUNZA International Youth Conference organized by UNEP and
Germany-based Bayer AG has attracted 180 participants aged between
15 and 24. The youths will exchange ideas on "Technology in Service
of the Environment".
TUNZA means "to treat with care or affection" in Kiswahili, a
sub-regional language of Eastern Africa.
During their stay in Germany, the youths will get the chance to
know more about renewable energy facilities, grassroots actions to
fight climate change, rapeseed oil mills and local urban refuse
Wang Fengzhu, one of five Chinese youths and a sophomore from
Huazhong Agricultural University, said: "Through the meetings, I
hope I can establish my activity network for environmental
protection with youths of other countries, who can provide me with
varied ideas from their backgrounds."
"It is also a good chance for Chinese youths to get to know
German advanced technologies in environmental protection. That will
broaden our horizon," she said.
Wang is a member of her university's green group and a wetlands
envoy with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in China.
At the conference's opening ceremony on Monday, German
Environmental Minister Sigma Gabriel said: "The world's
environmental issues cannot be addressed without China's
Gabriel expects to enhance the cooperation with China to improve
the environment across the world.
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner
said: "I hope the 180 young people will return to their communities
and nations becoming beacons of activities and motivators for many
others to play a part in meeting environmental challenges."
He expects the Chinese students to be especially
solution-oriented in tackling environmental problems during
interaction with delegates from other countries.
A new three-year cooperation contract between UNEP and Bayer AG
to continue strengthening environmental awareness among the youth
was singed at the opening ceremony. As part of the agreement, Bayer
will support UNEP with its programs and a yearly fund of 1.2
(China Daily August 28, 2007)