Youth Debate: Fuels for the Future

Image source: wikipedia, © Guerito 2005
Image source: wikipedia, © Guerito 2005

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

04 December 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
International Conference Centre


Earth Focus Foundation, ICVolunteers-Switzerland.


School children, representatives from international organizations and NGOs.

Project details

350 students from Geneva are expected to participate in the youth debate organized on 4 December 2007 at the International Conference Centre. The morning will be held in English, starting with the following topic:

"We the youth of today firmly believe that to overcome our energy problems we need to move from using fossil fuels to renewable and more sustainable energies in order to maintain a stable environment and to ensure the future of our planet." - Collègue du Léman (CDL) students

The introduction will be given by Mr. Pascal Peduzzi from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Ms. Jacqueline Coté from World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

The afternoon will be followed by a youth debate in French. On the panel are: 
Ms. Agathe Weber of the Polar Foundation, Mr. Pascal Peduzzi of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Cédric Carles, Association for the development of renewable energies (ADER), Mr. Damien Sidler of Services Industriels de Genève (SIG), as well as other experts dealing with other energies such as windmills and biomass.


Earth Focus was started in the International School of Geneva in 1992 following a debate at its Pregny Campus in which students of eleven and twelve simulated the Rio Conference on the Environment. A newspaper, to share these experiences and concerns with others, was launched. The Bellerive Foundation, founded in 1977 by the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, who firmly believed in giving a platform and voice to young people, agreed to fund the publishing of a newspaper of which five issues were circulated. After the death of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan in 2003, his widow Princess Catherine Aga Khan, who holds the same enthusiasm for encouraging young people, founded The Earth Focus Foundation with the objective of supporting the ongoing publication of the Earth Focus magazine and the extension of its debates, roundtables and visit programs. With the publication, debates, visits and voluntary activities focused on the environment and sustainability, such as Green Map, the Foundation can involve young people from Geneva and around the world with each other.

Earth Focus Foundation organizes on a regular basis debates involving young people around the topic of sustainable development. 

On 4th December 2007, participants from schools and international organizations will gather to talk about the most pressing issues related to sustainable development.

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