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Newsletter October 2016
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Welcome to the YRE newsletter!


2016 has been an exciting year for YRE programme, especially welcoming four new member countries on board!
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interests in the YRE programme. We hope to deliver more exciting and interesting news in 2017!
 
Stay tuned!
 

- The YRE International team
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Welcome on board!

In 2016, four new member countries have joined YRE programme. Bermuda as announced in the last newsletter, Spain, South Korea and Ghana are the countries now running or preparing to run the YRE programme. YRE programme now operates in 33 countries around the world! If you are in any of these countries, and interested in the programme, please contact our National Operators for more information.
 
We have also welcomed Boris Susmak, a new FEE board member responsible for YRE programme. During the General Assembly in India 2016 he was elected as a member of FEE Board of Directors. He is currently employee of the company Luka Koper. He previously served as an assistant lecturer on Business Informatics at the Faculty of Management in Koper. In the year 2013 was nominated as the Slovenian CIO of the year. In his free time he is an enthusiastic National Blue flag coordinator for more than 15 years and a member of the DOVES-FEE Slovenia Management board. He is also a passionate dancer, but in a special field of folk dancing; He is active in the Folklore association VAL Piran and he is responsible for financial and entertainment part of the international folklore festival MIFF held in Piran, Slovenia, for more than 15 years. He has a Bachelor degree in Economics (Organization and Management) and a Scientific Master Degree on Business Information Management. He speaks Slovenian, Italian, English, Croatian and Serbian language.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Amine Ahlafi, the former FEE board member responsible for RYE programme, for his great dedication and support for the programme. Amine is now appointed as the Vice president of FEE Board of Directors.
 


Successful exposure at the COP22

 
YRE had a successful presentation at the COP 22, thanks to the great initiative shown by our Moroccan FEE/YRE member organisation, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection. 
 
One of the highlights was that two YRE students presented "the Voice of Youth", a recommendation of actions towards combatting Climate Change, in front of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC secretary Executive, Irina Bokova UNESCO General Director, and the minister of education of Morocco.
 
Two Young Reporters from Portugal, Joana Pedro and Filipa Murta, did also a great job covering the sessions and events. They have produced articles and videos on the COP 22 and they are posted on the YRE Exposure page. Read the full story on YRE website…

 


National Operators Meeting in Guimarães, Portugal 

 
YRE National Operators Meeting 2017 will take place in Guimarães, Portugal from 16-19 February. The host of the meeting is our member organisation in Portugal, Associação Bandeira Azul da Europa (ABAE), who has a long successful experience in running FEE programmes including YRE. National Operators from around the world will join to discuss and share knowledge and experiences to make the programme grow! There will also be Young Reporters reporting about the meeting.

News from countries


China

 

December 7th, 2016, the launch ceremony of the third year of Wrigley Litter Less Campaign was held in a primary school in Nanjing, China. 300 representatives from CEEC, Wrigley Confectionery China, pilot schools and Environmental Protection Bureau, Education Bureau, Urban Administration Bureau of Nanjing, attended the ceremony. In the launch ceremony, award-winning students for YRE 2016 were awarded. Xue Fan, from Mochou Trade School, won 1st winner of Picture award of YRE Competition 2016 in group of age 19-21.
 


Malta

On Thursday, 27th October 2016 a group of 9 YRE students from St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua were invited by U.S. Embassy to report the inauguration Energy-Savings Project. YRE students were accompanied by Science teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc and HOD Geography Rita DeBattista. The U.S. Embassy Energy-Saving Photovoltaic and Wind Turbine system Project was officially inaugurated by U.S. Ambassador G. Kathleen Hill in the presence of the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Jose’ Herrera and Chief of Energy and Sustainable Design at the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Ms. Donna McIntire-Byrd

 

Two students and two teachers from St Ignatius College Middle School Tal-Handaq, Qormi had the opportunity to visit the EU parliament in Brussels as part of the YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment) programme. The visit took place between the 13th and 15th November 2016, and was part of the award for participating in the YRE programme. They had an intensive and very informative day at the European Council and the European Parliament. 
 
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