With a (new) deadline of 31 July 2011, entries are invited from children and young people to the 2011 YUNGA International Drawing Competition on the theme of Forests. The competition is linked to the 2011 International Year of Forests. The drawing should reflect issues concerning forests and why they are important to our world. It could depict everyday actions that contribute to conserve these important wonders. Any type of drawing material can be used with the exception of crayons – for example pens, pencils, paints or even computer graphic programmes.
Only two days before the 2011 Green Wave begins! This year’s wave is very special. It celebrates the importance of trees in our lives which echoes the theme of this year’s International Day on Biodiversity (IDB). And it is also the first wave of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB).
If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to start planning your Green Wave celebrations! You have 30 days to think about and prepare your special day. Each year participants in The Green Wave celebrate the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) by holding a special event. On 22 May, participating groups plant an indigenous or locally important tree species at or near their school. In some countries it’s too hot, too cold, too rainy or too dry to plant in May, so groups plant in another month but still hold a special ceremony on 22 May.
In 2010, millions of people contributed to the success of the International Year of Biodiversity and to making biodiversity a hot topic. This year, biodiversity remains in the spotlight as the United Nations declared 2011 the International Year of Forests (IYF). Forests contain some of our planet’s most vibrant ecosystems, displaying a wondrous variety of birds, animals, and plants.
How do young people see life on Earth, the richness of ecosystems, the reasons underlying biodiversity loss and the actions required to stop this loss?
This year's International Youth Day on 12 August marks the beginning of the International Year of Youth (IYY), which will run until August 2011. Twenty-five years after the first IYY in 1985, the United Nations is once again shining the spotlight on the energy, imagination and initiative of young people in overcoming global challenges.
After three months of preparation some 111,000 participants from 1,588 groups in 43 prefectures across Japan celebrated The Green Wave by planting and watering 254,000 trees on 22 May 2010, the International Day for Biological Diversity.
The national campaign, which offered opportunity for children and youth of Japan to join with Green Wave participants across the world, was jointly promoted by the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
On 8 July, 2010 the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Edward Norton as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity.
Biodiversity conservation projects of youth, corporations, and media in the ASEAN region now stand a chance to be recognized through a regional awards program launched by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the ASEAN Foundation.
Saturday 5 June is World Environment Day (WED). WED is one of the main ways through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment (including on biodiversity and other issues) and encourages political attention and action. The first WED began nearly forty years ago in 1972.
WED gives a human face to environmental issues and helps people realize opportunities for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. It is a day for building partnerships among all species living on this planet and sharing a common future.