Youth urged to make a difference in promoting sustainable development

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Youth Conference at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya

Young people from around the world have been urged to seriously discuss how they can make a difference in protecting the environment.

The call comes from the top official of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the start of a major United Nations youth conference in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday.

Executive Director Achim Steiner called on youth delegates to work to "build the trust that another world is actually possible" and that being 7 billion people does not doom humanity to failure and collapse.

"It is just that we have to learn to live with one another differently. We have to ask the question, and this is what I would like you to reflect on the whole time that you are here. How on earth will we live together on this planet if we look forward over the next ten twenty, thirty years when all of your in one way or another will be in places, maybe in professions, maybe in situations in your communities where you can make a difference." (23")

Mr. Steiner said that UNEP tries to show it is not inevitable that entire ecosystems are destroyed and communities are displaced in the name of development.

More than 200 delegates from over 100 countries are discussing issues and solutions such as actions to cut food waste and to harness the power of social media to promote sustainable lifestyles.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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