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Source: PNUE, Publication: Fri 05 Dec 2014

UNEP and Youth are finding more solutions to Climate Change


UNEP and Youth are finding more solutions to Climate Change


On the third day of UNFCCC COP 20, the negotiations went pretty smoothly. The members of several government delegations made positive contributions that would take the negotiations forward. 

One of the most talked about events on the third day was the Expert Dialogue on the Adaptation Gap Report on Climate Change. At this plenary meeting, government officials, civil society and the private sector as well as UN agencies such as UNEP, WHO, FAO and the World Bank were present. Basically the experts were discussing the global state of adaptation to climate change and what can be done to accelerate resilience to the impacts of climate change. UNEP during its intervention pointed out that 

  1. an increase in temperature results in an increase of required finances to adapt to climate change; 
  2. UNEP through its Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)  promotes the development and transfer of technologies to achieve energy efficiency, low carbon and climate resilient development; and 
  3. scientific studies have shown that countries with the highest level of education are better abled to adapt to climate change. 

Another interesting event today was organised by the Climate Change Youth Frontier Initiative in Korea where young people voiced their opinions on ways to respond to climate change. The youth discussed, amongst other things, actions within the business sector that can be taken to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption. For instance, in the textile and fashion industries persons can use old leather sofas and clothes to create wallets and teddy bears, respectively. The youth also pointed out that we can promote solar rental services through the utilisation of a credit card reward points system.

Today, however, did have some negative feedback. The children and youth constituency was sadden by the fact that the UNFCCC Secretariat granted one of its prominent members accreditation to participate in COP 20 but when the member who resides in Asia arrived in Peru, she was denied entry because she is under 18 years old. Our constituency is adamant that children should have a voice at UNFCCC COP given that, for instance, thousands of children die each year from diarrhea, malaria and extreme weather events which are directly attributed to climate change.

Disclaimer: The views, opinions and positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of UNEP.


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