“Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest” mini side event at UNFCCC COP 17 in Durban/South Africa 8th December 2011


Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest’ will be presented on Thursday 8th December 2011 from 11:00am to 11:20am in the framework of a mini side event at the “Climate Change Studio” at Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) during the COP17 (17th Conference of Parties of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC http://unfccc.int/meetings/durban_nov_2011/meeting/6245.php in Durban/South Africa.


The Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest is a global competition for young people organized by the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) www.glocha.info with a wide number of partners and youth networks from around the world on the occasion of United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) which will be held in June 2012 in Brazil.

GYMC initiative encourages youth to express their hopes, concerns and thoughts on future of our earth through the resonance of music as a powerful expression that incites commitment for sustainable development, climate protection and civic engagement. The contest will collect musical messages from global youth exploring global solutions for sustainable development and the winners will win a trip to Rio de Janeiro to attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012.

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Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest has a team of seven partnering global youth representatives attending COP17.

The Rio+20 GYMC mini side event will be moderated by Ella Bella, Rio+20 GYMC National Coordinator for South Africa.


– Jean Paul Brice Affana, Global Coordinator of Rio+20 GYMC, Cameroon

– Simon Matafai, Rio+20 GYMC NC for New Zealand

– Alphonse Karenzi, Rio+20 GYMC NC for Rwanda

– Priti Rajagopalan, India

– Constanza Gomez, Mexico

– Kiara Worth, UNCSD Major group Children and youth


The ‘’Climate Change Studio’’ the UNFCCC secretariat has opened inside the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) provides individuals and organizations an opportunity to be interviewed briefly by medias covering the COP17 on their actions, solutions, observations and projects that have impact on climate change or sustainability of our planet. All interviews are filmed, edited and broadcast on Climate Change TV and will be catalogued in a fully searchable database with other interviews from world leaders, expert, decision makers.


Related IAAI and Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest documents and activities:

Rio+20 GYMC Call for Music and further info in several languages (English, German, Arabic, Chinese, etc.) http://www.glocha.info/index.php/riogymcresources


Report on presentation of Rio+20 GYMC at UN High Level Meeting on Youth 25 July 2011, New York http://www.glocha.info/index.php/latest-news/137-rio-2012-youth-song


Rio+20 GYMC letter to UN SG Ban Ki-moon http://www.glocha.info/images/stories/rio/group_statement_mr_ban_ki-moon.pdf

IAAI Input to Online Consultation for Rio+20 Zero Draft Outcome document: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&nr=105&type=510&menu=20&template=509&str=IAAI 


IAAI side event “Mobilizing Civil Society for Sustainable Development and Rio+20 & The Special Role of Youth” at 2nd Rio+20 Intersessional Meeting 15 December 2011, New York, from 1.15-2.45pm  http://www.glocha.info/index.php/latest-news/174-joint-event-of-iaai-and-unicef-at-rio20-intersessional-in-ny


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