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  • Delhi colleges debate climate change issues in Youth COP 11: Canadian High Commission and TERI provide platform to students

    16 November 2005

    With the need to apprise young people of global policy issues like climate change as a primary motive, TERI, with support from the Canadian High Commission, organized a Youth COP 11 here today. The event had youth groups from various colleges of Delhi discussing and debating as per the actual COP 11 (Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention), which is being held in Montreal, from November 28 to December 9, 2005. More than 150 students from colleges including Hindu, St. Stephen's, Lady Shri Ram, Gargi, Daulat Ram, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Kamla Nehru, Indraprastha, Shri Venkateshwara, S G T B Khalsa, Miranda House, Dept. of Botany, Lady Irwin, and Kirori Mal participated in the forum.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, said, "Climate Change is one of the most sensitive environmental issues facing the world today. We need to make people aware of the latest developments related to it. It is necessary to involve the younger generation in the decision making, considering it is the one going to be most affected by the decisions we take today".

    Ms Lucie Edwards, Canadian High Commissioner in India, also commented on the importance of involving the youth in world issues. "The future of the society lies in the hands of its youth. They will see the effects of climate change in their own lifetimes, and that of their children. We need their voices in the debate on climate change," she said.

    Apart from the two 2-hour session chaired by Mr C Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Global Agreements, Legal & Trade Resources and Global Security, TERI, the event also included a signature campaign.

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