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Québec City Students to Represent Canada at UNICEF Children’s Climate Forum

2009-10-27

QUÉBEC CITY, 28 October 2009 – UNICEF Canada announced today that four students from Québec City’s Le Petit Séminaire de Québec are the winners of the Get Reel on Climate Change Competition and will travel to this year’s UNICEF Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen (CCFC-09), Denmark as part of the UN Climate Change Conference in December.

As an official programme of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) and jointly organized by UNICEF and the City of Copenhagen, the Children’s Climate Forum will bring together teams of young people (aged 14-17) from 40 countries around the world to share ideas for dealing with the global challenge of climate change. By the end of the forum (November 28 – December 5), youth delegations will have agreed upon a statement to be presented to world leaders at the COP15.

The decisions made at the UN Climate Change Conference will affect children and young people’s lives today and shape their world tomorrow. UNICEF created the Children’s Climate Forum so that students around the world, including Canada, have a platform to challenge world leaders gathered in Copenhagen on global climate change - an urgent issue which has a direct impact on children’s rights.

“Nearly half of the world’s population is under 18, and the decisions that world leaders make on climate change will directly affect their future lives,” said Nigel Fisher UNICEF Canada President and CEO. “Children must be part of the climate change solution, and the Children’s Climate Forum will give them an important platform to strengthen their voice and support their actions.”

This September, UNICEF Canada launched the Get Reel on Climate Competition in which student teams from schools across the country competed to represent Canada at the Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen. Twenty-eight teams submitted written entries and short YouTube videos detailing how they would convince world leaders to take real action on climate change. The winning team from Québec City includes students Sabrina Chaoui, Maryse Galibois, Alexandre Gariépy and Jean-Frédéric Montreuil-Moreau.

UNICEF Canada has partnered with GreenLearning Canada to send the team of young people to the Children’s Climate Forum. GreenLearning Canada creates innovative teaching resources to empower youth to create a more sustainable future. As a lead up to the forum, they have created a special eCards to Copenhagen activity that will allow teachers and students across Canada who are not able to participate in the Forum to connect with the winning team and send their own message to world leaders. Visit www.greenlearning.ca to learn more.

For more information on the Get Reel competition, as well as updates from the winning team, please visit:  www.unicef.ca/getreelonclimate. Information on the UNICEF Children’s Climate Forum is available at: http://uniteforclimate.org.

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For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.