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Grassroot Actions by Youth and Capacity Need for the Implementation of The Paris Climate Agreement

The nature, extent, and severity of environmental problems vary tremendously from one part of the world to another, but climate change is intrinsically a global problem and therefore of concern to everyone in the world. With its dramatic and harmful effects on the environment, climate change threatens the basic elements of life, affecting health and the environment and limiting access to water, food, and land.

A section of participants at the GII side event

Globally, young people are among the most vulnerable groups to be negatively impacted by climate change and it is in no surprise that many of them have committed themselves to promoting low-carbon development in their countries. Through public campaigns, awareness creation, and implementation of concrete projects on the ground, young people have contributed significantly to the advancement of Article 6 of the climate change Convention.

During the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, Greener Impact International organized a side event to facilitate the sharing of ideas and experiences and to foster partnership among young people for increased climate action. The event, which brought together more than 50 young people, policy makers, and government delegates, also highlighted the capacity need for full participation of youth in the implementation of the Paris climate Agreement.

The event included a panel presentation from Mr. Fredrick Ouma representing Greener Impact International, Mr. Timothy Damon, the Global North Focal Point for YOUNGO and Ms. Karuna Rana, the Coordinator for the Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN). Other presenters were Ms. Nkiruka Nnaemego, the Deputy Coordinator for the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) and Joana Read from the UK Youth Climate Change Coalition (UKYCC). The presentations were followed by an open discussion for further engagement of the participants.

 

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