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(3) The Future We Want

The Rio+20 summit is where we will discuss what kind of world we want to live in. One topic in that discussion will be what's known as a green economy. How do we build an economy that's environmentally friendly and doesn't keep billions of people in poverty? A variety of people will join government officials in coming up with an answer to this question. Many other discussions will also take place outside the official UN meetings at Rio+20.

Take a moment to ask yourself: What kind of future do you want, for yourself and for everyone around you? The UN recently launched a campaign on the Internet called "The Future We Want", and is collecting answers from people everywhere. Other events for children are also going on.

When talking about the future, it's very important that children participate. In 1989, the UN agreed on a treaty called the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which aims to protect the rights of children. Many people have already submitted comments saying that, because Rio+20 will be an opportunity to talk together about Earth's future, we need to respect the rights of children to express their opinion.

"Right to the Future" is one of many campaigns for kids around the world

"Right to the Future" is one of many campaigns for kids around the world
Photo by Oikos

Twenty years ago, when the first Earth Summit was held, cell phones and the Internet hardly existed. But with the advancement of communication technologies, there are now numerous ways people like you can have their voices heard in the UN meetings.

Now, Miracle Kids, please go to "What Do You Think?" or "Ask the World" and send us YOUR opinion. We'll send all the opinions we receive to the Earth Summit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your voice heard on the world stage!

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