The University of Winnipeg



WE CANada Tour Stops @ UWinnipeg

WINNIPEG, MB –The University of Winnipeg hosts the We Canada’s national tour, Dialogue and Action for Earth Summit 2012, on campus on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, in Eckhardt-Gramatté, (515 Portage Ave). The event is free and open to all, but participants must REGISTER to attend.

The agenda includes a review of Canada’s history at the Earth Summit and a facilitated dialogue plus Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, the Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) and Aleksandra Nasteska, co-founder of We Canada are speaking. The recommendations from these dialogues will be presented in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012.

“The We Canada stop in Winnipeg is a great opportunity for Manitoba youth to speak up and have their concerns about the environment delivered to an international audience”, says Danny Blair, the Principal of UWinnipeg’s Richardson College for the Environment and host of the event.

The tour began in Corner Brooke, NL, and heads across the county ending in Vancouver, BC presenting lectures in universities and schools in 15 cities across Canada. This youth led initiative brings veterans on sustainability who will cause the community, across the nation, to come together to discuss the role of Canadians at the Earth Summit 2012 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20).

We Canada is a non-partisan, and youth-led citizen initiative mobilizing for Canadian leadership in sustainability at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit 2012, Rio+20). Founded and run by over 70 young adult volunteers and veteran sustainability advocates from across the country, We Canada creates a platform that enables civil society participation in the Earth Summit 2012.

Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox is the Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA), Elisabeth promotes collaboration between UNEP and the Governments of Canada and the United States, and with the private sector and outstanding environmental, academic, and scientific institutions in the region. Before coming to Washington, she worked at UNEP’s Headquarters in Nairobi where she showcased the organization’s work around the world through the coordination of global media events.

Aleksandra Nasteska is the co-founder of We Canada. The Macedonian native first became outspoken in the women’s rights movement at the age of fourteen. Her career in media began as a correspondent for youth culture shows on the national network. In Canada she created Vancouver Heartbeat, a multimedia project profiling environmental and social justice leaders. She was Youth Steering Committee Member at the United Nations International Children and Youth.

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