Participation at International Year of Planet Earth Launch Event

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2007

On 12 and 13 February 2008, the International Year of Planet Earth will be officially launched at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. This event will be co-organized by the IYPE Corporation and the National Committee of the IYPE in France, together with IUGS and UNESCO. UNESCO’s Director General Koïchiro Matsuura will host the Event and some Heads of State will be invited to address the audience.

During the Global Launch Event four conceptual issues on IYPE’s subtitle ‘Earth Sciences for Society’ will be addressed: (1) Earth Resources, (2) Hazards, (3) Megacities and Soils, and (4) Where is System Earth heading to?

These issues will be discussed by top scientists, CEOs of leading industries and leading politicians. Such discussions will be preceded by selected essays or poems from a crowd of 350 invited, award-winning students across the globe. National Committees will play a key role in selecting the best students. Significant time has been scheduled for the participants to be involved in the discussions.

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IYPE website for more information.