Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

15 September 2011

There are over 500 million mobile phone users in Africa, with increasing access to the internet and social media. Across the continent, computer use in homes, offices and cyber cafes is on the rise.

Dramatic growth in social-networking sites is increasing demand for and distribution of local content and coverage of issues like climate change that matter to young Africans.

The website will showcase evocative usergenerated photos and videos on climate change which will inspire others to tell their own stories and offer innovative ideas for action.

As the competition gains momentum, the connections made through Facebook together with the images and videos uploaded on the site will stimulate a global exchange amongst young activists with a passion for the environment and development.

The Connect4Climate competition and website will raise awareness about climate change issues, provide a forum for young people around the world for social accountability, and create opportunities for constructive conversations and resource sharing on climate change.

The Connect4Climate competition will culminate in a high-profile awards ceremony at COP 17 in Durban, an exhibition, strong visual features on partner media outlets and an associated online open forum.

After Durban, will evolve into a global platform for climate change and development issues. It will showcase compelling user-generated and partner-produced stories, culminating in another dynamic event at the United Nations Rio+20 conference in June 2012.

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