The 26th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 26) with a strong voice from young people calling on world leaders to accelerate efforts in line with the commitment of keeping global average temperatures well below 1.50C alive. Keeping to this commitment means addressing the inequalities and barriers that continue to exist 25 years since the adoption of the convention. One of the demographic groups that have suffered from these inequalities and yet are the most vulnerable to the treats of climate change is the youth. It is therefore not surprising to witness an increasing movement of young people calling for climate justice.
In solidarity with the global youth climate movement, Greener Impact International and partners, the United Kingdom Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) and the Italian Youth Climate Movement (YCM) co-hosted a side event on the side line of the conference to highlight on the barriers that have continue to hinder their active participation in the global fight against climate change.
The 90 minutes event included a panel discussion and a break out session providing youth participants from across different regions to share their experiences and collectively calling for increased youth inclusion in the multilateral climate change negotiation processes by addressing barriers including finance, access to visa and accreditation. The event also called for a dedicated climate finance to support young people to implement concrete project that deliver not only adaptation and mitigation benefits but also employment opportunities.
Greener Impact International was represented on the panel by the Executive Director Mr. Kassim Gawusu-Toure. The side event can be viewed on this link: