United Nations – AEGEE-Europe | European Students' Forum AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) is a student organisation that promotes cooperation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines – today it counts 13 000 members, active in close to 200 university cities in 40 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:20:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.10 World Water Day 2013 /world-water-day-2013/ Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:53:12 +0000 http://aegee.blogactiv.eu/?p=537 The United Nations has the year 2013 proclaimed as the International Year of Water Cooperation and today, the 22nd of March, is the International World Water Day. Water is almost a magic liquid, without water life is not possible on the earth. The amount of clean drinking water will be a hugh problem in the near future, so water is a very current topic. The UN focuses mainly on water cooperation this year. Through different conferences on water cooperation in different countries the UN hopes to attract attention, raise awareness and achieve a better cooperation regarding water policies and actions that are taken.

The European Union has an up to date policy regarding water management. Reports from the European Environment Agency are making clear that unless additional action to the Water Framework Directive (the current water policy of the EU) is taken, it won’t be possible to achieve a good water status by 2015. It was time to implement a new water strategy, otherwise the goals that were set won’t be reached. The Water Blueprint, the new water strategy of the EU, is strongly related to the EU’s 2020 strategy.  The aim of the EU’s 2020 strategy is that the EU becomes a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Water is of course an important factor in a sustainable economy, especially with increasing drought in the Mediterranean countries. The objective of the Water Blueprint is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good quality water is available for people’s needs, the economy and the environment throughout the EU. Hopefully the good water status in the EU is reached by 2015 with this new water strategy!*

In AEGEE the Environmental Working Group members care about water as well. Our last social meeting was about water pollution and plastic soup in the ocean. We think that when everyone contributes a little bit; using less water and less water polluting products, we can make together that clean drinking water will still be, or will again be, available for everyone in the future! Let’s cooperate together and make the earth a better planet!

*Source: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/blueprint/

Written by Iris Hordijk, Speaker EnWG AEGEE

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TUNZA: Youth goes for Sustainability /tunza-youth-goes-for-sustainability-2/ Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:23:57 +0000 http://aegee.blogactiv.eu/?p=469 The UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) TUNZA International Youth Conference took place 10-14th February in Nairobi (Kenya), and it provided a platform for over 300 young people from 100 countries to come together to exchange information, best practices and most importantly, learn from each other.

European delegates at TUNZA Youth Conference

Participating in the TUNZA International Youth Conference allowed AEGEE to realize once more the enormous potential which young people have to act as change makers in the world. Our president Luis Alvarado represented AEGEE-Europe there and he discussed the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference and the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals with the other delegates. For one week they shared experiences, attended panels and workshops with the professionals working in UNEP, and prepared recommendations directed to the Governing Council of UNEP and the Member States (Global Ministerial Environment Forum). AEGEE played a strong role in the preparation of the recommendations that you can find here:
http://www.unep.org/pdf/Tunza_Youth_Statement.pdf

During the TUNZA Youth Conference the GEO-5 for Youth report was launched: a youth friendly version of the GEO (Global Environment Outlook) that the UN creates every 5 years to make the information accessible to young people around the globe.

Read here what Iris Hordijk, speaker of AEGEE’s Environmental Working Group, thinks of the publication:

If you want to change the world you have to begin with yourself. This well known quote from Mahatma Gandhi is obviously the main idea of the report TUNZA: Acting for a Better World from the GEO-5 for youth. The aim of the book is to show that there is still hope and that inspiring successful stories in a green and sustainable direction are happening every day.

This colourful report is written by and for youth. The part of the book named Our world and its challenges today deals with the explanation of the Earth as a closed system. Trough the population increase and unsustainable economic development the pressure on our blue planet is increased. The big challenges according the atmosphere, land, water and biodiversity are explained and the knowledge about chemicals and waste increased after reading. Not only facts passing the revue, also are successful case studies presented together with the things you can do about the problems. Not only youth is dealing with the question how we can strive for a better world, in the politics it is also a point of debate. A description about the RIO+20 conference and the vague outcomes are discussed. Because of the vague outcomes from RIO+20 so far it is very important to act yourself! The tools and tips to contribute to a better world yourself are present as well. Do you want to spend 1 minute or 1 decade to change the world? It is up to you, but it is clear that it is necessary for the maintenance of our planet that the world has to change! Can you imagine a better point to start with yourself and the young generation?

You can check yourself downloading the GEO-5 for Youth:
http://www.unep.org/pdf/GEO_for_youth.pdf

AEGEE strongly encourages all European youth to find out more of the TUNZA youth network of UNEP, where you will be able to learn and empower yourselves to become youth environmental activists:
http://unep.org/tunza/

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