The United Nations announced on 20 August 2019, that 100 outstanding young climate champions chosen from around the world will receive support to participate in the UN Youth Climate Summit on Saturday, 21 September 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Three Caribbean youth activists - Khadija Usher of Belize, Dainalyn Swaby of Jamaica, and Mareeka Dookie of Trinidad and Tobago – are among the ‘Green Ticket’ winners who will join other climate youth leaders at the first-ever Youth Climate Summit at the UN.
The Summit will provide a platform for these young climate leaders to showcase their solutions on a global stage and engage directly with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time. The outcomes of the Youth Climate Summit will be presented at the 2019 UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, 23 September.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the ‘Green Ticket’ recipients and all successful applicants in a video message, saying, “I appeal to young people around the world to follow the Summit online and to be drivers of climate action in their own countries.”
Young people who are unable to attend in person are encouraged to participate in the My Future Our Planet campaign by sharing a selfie video on Twitter or Instagram declaring what actions they are already taking to fight climate change and asking their leaders to take climate action now. They can also continue to make choices that have less harmful effects on the environment and track these efforts through the UN’s ActNow campaign, and tune into the Youth Climate Summit via livestream on UN Web TV. More ways to engage will be announced in the coming weeks on the UN Youth Climate Summit website (https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/youth-summit.shtml).
The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale necessary, as demonstrated by science. It will be action-oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equitable representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
Young people are leading the way on climate action
The Youth Climate Summit is a key milestone ahead of the 2019 Climate Action Summit, which is calling on leaders from government, business and civil society to boost efforts to tackle climate change.
“Young people are leading the way on climate action,” said the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake. “The Secretary-General’s Youth Climate Summit will provide a powerful global platform for young climate leaders from all over the world to take their rightful place and drive positive climate solutions”.
The announcement of the ‘Green Ticket’ call for applications took place in early July in Abu Dhabi, where the Secretary-General convened over 1,700 people – including youth leaders and representatives from over 160 countries around the world. The Secretary-General’s public dialogue with young leaders during his opening ceremony, moderated by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, is available to view here.
More information on the UN Youth Climate Summit can be found athttps://www.un.org/en/climatechange/youth-summit.shtml.
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For further information on the 2019 UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, please visit https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/index.shtml.