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VLS Professor Addresses European Youth Forum in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009

SOUTH ROYALTON - Professor Tracy Bach will give a presentation for the European Youth Forum (Youth Forum Jeunesse--YFJ), taking place alongside the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen.

Professor Bach will lead a panel discussion about intergenerational solidarity and justice in the frame of climate change. Panelists include Margrete Auken, a Danish member of the European Parliament, and Michaela Hogenboom, the Dutch Youth Representative on Sustainable Development for the United Nations. The panel discussion takes place on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 4:30-6 p.m. (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EST).

The Associate Director of the Climate Legacy Initiative at Vermont Law School, Professor Bach is a 2009-10 Fulbright Scholar at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Sénégal. Her blog about her experiences in Sénégal and in Copenhagen is available at Simmering Senegal.

The YFJ is an umbrella organization for some 100 youth organizations in Europe, with each comprising many more constituent organizations ranging from student groups to political parties, sport clubs, and Boy Scouts and Girl Guides/Scouts. The YFJ is recognized as the key representative of young people in Europe to institutions like the U.N., E.U., and the Council of Europe. The YFJ will have a 30-member delegation in Copenhagen, half of them being the official youth delegates in the national European delegations.

The entire VLS delegation to COP15 is detailing their experiences with daily blog posts, which can be read at VLS in Copenhagen.

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