The African Youth Participation In The UNFCCC Processes
African youth have developed a burning interest to participate in regional and international climate change programs however, the issue of poor funding and support to participate in these programmes continues to be a challenge. The African COP reserved this day to provide an opportunity for youth to showcase youth-led success stories and challenges and interact with policymakers and practitioners in meaningful dialogues. The Namibian Pavilion observed this day by giving youth the opportunities to lead dialogues and a platform to tell their local stories on how they have successfully led climate action projects and initiatives on the ground.
Supported by a panel comprising of youth, private sector and experts in UNFCCC processes, Namibian and African youth engaged in a dialogue on how to maximise African youth participation in the UNFCCC and ways in which their engagement can be supported including insights on how youth engagement in UNFCCC can be instrumental for meaningful contributions on the ground and in decision-making rooms. Youth also shared their locally-led initiatives on the ground in the fight against climate change.