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Young Environmentalists Head to Indonesia to Get Down to "Green" Business
Youth from across the world came together in Bandung, Indonesia, to attend a conference on green issues hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The focus of the Tunza International Children's Conference will be providing training and education for young people in order to ensure their ability to fully participate in the "green economy."

The conference, which was launched yesterday and will continue through the week, will be attended by 1,400 young people from more than 120 countries. In these countries and in small island states, youth employment remains a major social and economic challenge.

Conference participants will share their appeals to world leaders through the creation of a new declaration: the Bandung Declaration, which will be delivered at next June's UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20).

Some governments have also taken the initiative to factor youth into decisions about green employment and development. Some have launched environmentally-conscious entrepreneurial initiatives. Indonesia, the conference host, is already active in this field with the help of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The research indicates that jobs in unsustainable, high-emissions industries will be redefined or lost in a transition to a sustainable, "green" economy. Meanwhile, millions of new jobs would be created to support sustainable agriculture, construction, energy, forestry, tourism, transportation, waste management and recycling. For these new sectors to thrive, education and vocational training for the potential labour force are needed, as the supply is currently limited.

Already, there are a growing number of job opportunities in areas such as hybrid vehicles, solar panels and LED lights. Other sectors, such as organic farming, biomass and ?green? construction, have also seen gains.
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