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Youth Climate Dialogues Awarded on Occasion of International Mother Earth Day

22 April 2016 | Geneva, Switzerland

Kantonsschule am Burggraben students from St. Gallen, Switzerland received an award for their initiatives on Youth Climate Dialogues!  

This Earth Day (22 April 2016), one of the largest and most beautiful conference rooms at the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations room, was filled with more than 700 students from primary and secondary schools (10 to 19 years old). They came from all parts of Switzerland to hear their names announced at the 5th edition of Swiss-wide student competition entitled "Sustainable Development Goals: Imagine the Switzerland of Tomorrow". The awarding ceremony was organized by the Eduki Foundation.

One of the winners this year was the students from Kantonsschule am Burggraben in St. Gallen, Switzerland. They took part in the pilot Youth Climate Dialogue in November 2015 and prepared a peer-to-peer real-time online discussion on climate change with girls of the Lilongwe Secondary School in Malawi. 

Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, Palais des Nations (22th April, 2016)Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, Palais des Nations (22th April, 2016)

The competition organized by the Eduki Foundation in partnership with the Department of Education, Culture and Sports of Geneva, the Swiss Confederation and the Fondation pour Genève, aimed at inspiring students to " imagine the Switzerland of tomorrow" and develop real and implementable projects that can bring social, economic and environmental benefits in Switzerland and abroad. The initiative, supported by the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, encouraged a connection among students, international organizations and other stakeholders of international cooperation and development.

This year, the main theme of the competition was the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  More than 1,500 students participated with their concrete projects, media campaigns or artistic work that relate specifically to the four priority SDGs for Switzerland, namely the goals focusing on Water, Health, Equality and Peace.  

The students from grades 2aL and 3iW from the high-school in St. Gallen, Switzerland were awarded in the category of 'concrete projects'. As they were not able to attend to the ceremony, they prepared a very kind video thanking their Malawi peers, Mr. Daniel Maselli from the Swiss Development Cooperation as well as UNITAR's Green development and Climate Change team who supported this project. Thank you for your video!

Please see the video here:

Lilongwe Girls School, Lilongwe, MalawiLilongwe Girls School, Lilongwe, Malawi Students from Kantonsschule am Burggraben during the Youth Climate Dialogues with students from MalawiStudents from Kantonsschule am Burggraben during the Youth Climate Dialogues with students from Malawi

More information on Youth Climate Dialogues:

In the run-up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), December 2015, the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and UN CC:Learn provided a forum for youth both in Switzerland and UN CC:Learn’s partner countries to share their views on climate change. The dialogues were held between:

  • St. Gallen, Switzerland – Lilongwe, Malawi, 9 November 2015
  • La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland – Niamey, Niger, 18 November 2015
  • Lugano, Switzerland – Kampala, Uganda, 9 December 2015

You can see more updates on #YouthClimateDialogues and find more articles on the Youth Climate Dialogues below:


For more information on the competition, please visit the Eduki Foundation website here