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Skopje, 16 July 2021: For the first time in the 20 years of CINEDAYS film festival, UNICEF and partners together with the Youth Cultural Center designed an ECO programme to promote activities on the importance of protecting the natural environment and responding to climate change. Today is the kick off of the ECO film programme on environmental themes, followed by discussions.

“We have witnessed the power of young climate activists demanding more climate action globally and we believe the film programme will serve as an inspiration to young people from this country to reflect on leading similar national initiatives,“ said Artur Ayvazov, UNICEF Deputy Representative. “Children and young people are the most affected by climate change. In parallel, they are the ones who have the potential to become catalyst of change reversing the negative trends of environmental degradation.“

In addition to the ECO film programme other activities include 72 hours of ECO moviesIn addition to the ECO film programme other activities include 72 hours of ECO movies consisting of short videos produced by young people aged between 16 and 20 on topics associated with water, air, waste, food and climate change. The results of a workshop where young people designed eco chill zone inspired by a film set will be presented to the CINEDAYS audience in a form ofReuse & Repair Chill Corner.

These activities are part of a broader initiative on advancement of the environment and climate change education programme ( which UNICEF is implementing with its partners and with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

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