Thursday, January 3, 2013

Appeal: Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Green Solutions, 1 December 2012 in Doha, UNFCCC COP18

The Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Green Solutions concluded with a “Global Youth Appeal for COP18”. The delegation comprised of over twenty delegates from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific. The Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Green Solutions took place at the Climate Change Studio, Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) Doha during UNFCCC COP18 on 1 st December, 2012.

The youth delegates presented the youth appeal, declaration, views and concerns of the youth of their regions, and appealed to the world leaders and COP18 delegates to take into consideration the voices of the youth as the decisions taken today will affect them in future, and the future belongs to them so it is time to Act Now.

Global youth appeal to the world leaders and COP18 delegates that;
“We, the Global Youth, demand urgent and efficient action in the United Nations Climate Change conference, COP18/CMP 8. Youth must be provided due space in the UNFCCC process, and there is a need for youth empowerment through capacity building, opportunities, and building grassroots movements. Cultural events are a vital medium for passing messages, promoting climate change awareness and activism to reach the local communities by removing the language barriers. Youth needs to be trained to become climate change ambassadors by promoting environmental awareness.

The world is vulnerable to climate change; there is a dire need for promoting green entrepreneurship, sustainable energy (renewable energy solutions) usage, low carbon economy, and collaboration amongst youth. Efforts for climate change adaptation should be at par with mitigation efforts as the global south cannot afford mitigation measures.

The COP18 message should reach out vulnerable communities through all available means including social media and more traditional forms of communication”.

for more info, pls contact Ms. Sameera Zaib, event coordinator at sameerazaib.env@gmail.com.

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