Seal the Deal Global Town Hall

United Nations Environment Programme
Environment, International, Youth
Daejeon, South Korea
July 2009

Youth Come Together to Voice Concern about Climate Change

Global Voices, the international arm of AmericaSpeaks, collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to hold a 21st Century Town Meeting® on climate change.

Seal the Deal Global Town Hall was the largest-ever truly global youth town hall. Seven hundred young people from around the globe called on world leaders to stand up and take substantial measures against climate change. Participants gathered in Daejeon and were joined by young people in 15 sites around the world, who participated through an interactive online webcast program. Global webcast sites included Cuernavaca, Mexico; Bangkok, Thailand; London, England; Pune, India; and Nairobi, Kenya.

The ‘Seal the Deal’ campaign was spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He delivered the youths’ declaration at the opening of the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly in September and to global leaders in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Through an interactive online webcast program the young participants were able to express their concerns and frustrations about the lack of action from governments worldwide on current climate issues. They also shared their hopes and their innovative solutions to climate change and called on governments and citizens to take action.


Declarations sent to over 100 capitals world-wide

The young participants sent personal letters with copies of their declaration to governments in over 100 capitals around the world and to each of the world leaders, from U.S. President Barack Obama to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, urging them to “Seal a meaningful deal on climate change” at Copenhagen.