Thank you all for the great UNESCO World Youth Festival 2009!

On Thursday all the 500 participants of the festival gathered to form the word “friends” for a photography. The official motto – all life is encounter – seemed a little too ambitious. So “friends” became the unofficial festival motto. We are very thankful, because in this week youth people from a lot of different countries all over the world met, got to know each other and build real friendships.

The focus of the festival’s programme was the international youth congress “Energy and Climate”, where all of them discussed the global problem. They drew up the Stuttgart Declaration addressing the world’s youth and decision makers to stop the climate change.

The festival took place under the patronage of the UNESCO and was organized by the State Capital Stuttgart in collaboration with the Stuttgarter Jugendhaus gGmbH. We would like to thank especially our host families – mostly providing much more than just accommodation – and the countless volunteers, without whom this event would not have been possible. Of course we also thank our sponsors. Without their contribution, there would not have been any World Youth Festival.