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Zambia, 27 January 2012: UNICEF Signs Agreement with Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society

Partnership to Help Implement Climate Change Activities

LUSAKA, Zambia, 27 January 2012 – UNICEF announced today it has signed a partnership agreement with the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ) to facilitate children’s participation in raising awareness about climate change and mitigating its impact.

As part of the cooperation, WECSZ will report on the activities to reduce the impact of climate change of more than 600 children serving countrywide as climate ambassadors as part of the child-led advocacy project, Unite4Climate.

Unite4Climate Zambia is UNICEF’s signature child-led advocacy programme. It partners with young people in all of the country’s 10 provinces to combat climate change and is helping to empower and inspire thousands of children.

Through media programmes, debates, and advocating for the construction of floating schools in flood-prone areas, Zambia’s young Climate Ambassadors are agents of change. Reaching out to 300 climate ambassadors each year and equipping them with the “pay it forward” concept, Unite4Climate Zambia is working to make Zambia and the global community more equitable.

WECSZ will also support the installation of computer work stations in 20 schools to help children conduct research, write stories, and record audio and video programmes on climate change. Further to this, the society will also conduct teacher training and facilitate fundraising activities by the climate ambassadors. UNICEF is contributing US$96,000 to the programme.

The partnership was announced on Friday during a tree planting ceremony by Lusaka-based climate ambassadors at Kamulanga High School in Jack Compound.

UNICEF Zambia Representative Dr. Iyorlumun J. Uhaa said that children have a critically important role in climate change issues.

“We are proud to partner with the country’s oldest and most prominent environmental education and conservation organisation in helping Zambian children have a leading role in responding to climate change. As the Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates, the voices of children must be heard and respected, and Unite4Climate gives children opportunity to participate in a major global and national debate and help Zambia prepare for its future,” said Dr. Uhaa.

In welcoming the partnership, WECSZ Vice-President Adam Pope stressed the importance of education towards environmental conservation.

“This partnership will go a long way in not only helping UNICEF implement its Unite4Climate programme. It will also help strengthen WECSZ structures on the ground. With a wide national membership in schools, tertiary institutions, and communities, we pride ourselves in sustained conservation efforts and will continue doing so,” said Mr. Pope.

For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org and www.unicef.org/zambia. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For further information, please contact:

Patrick Slavin, Chief, Communications, UNICEF Zambia, Tel: +260/211.374200, ext.2020, pslavin@unicef.org or Mark Maseko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Zambia, Tel: +260/211.374200, ext. 2023, mmaseko@unicef.org

 

 
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