Fifty U-reporters become climate-responsible through a training sustainable management and plastic recycling

07 June 2023
U reporters
Fanja Saholiarisoa
Participants at the workshop including UNICEF Representative and UNICEF climate advocate
Fanja Saholiarisoa

7 June 2023, Libreville: As part of the partnership between the One Forest Youth Initiative (OFYI), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, a youth capacity-building project has been launched. Fifty U-Reporters, aged between 15 and 30, are being trained in the first session about the environmental, social, and economic issues linked to plastic waste management. The training will take place from 7-9 June 2023 at the Alibandeng School Complex in Libreville.

The course includes interactive and practical sessions which focus on collecting, sorting, recycling, and recovering plastic waste. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the importance of sustainable waste management, the economic opportunities, and the best practices in this field.

An important part of the training is the collection of waste and the clean-up of the Baie des Rois by the youth. This will help to improve waste management in the region, and also aims to raise awareness amongst local communities and to encourage young people to become agents of change.

Plastic pollution has become one of the major environmental crises of the century and has devastating effects on biodiversity and public health. Every year, millions of tons of plastic are produced around the world, much of which ends up in landfills and surrounding ecosystems. Only 9% of plastics in the world are recycled. Concrete action must be taken immediately. 

This training project on the sustainable management and the recycling of plastic waste is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 12, which promotes responsible consumption and production. Its aim is to build the capacity of young people and encourage them to take an active part in waste management and environmentally-friendly economic activities. UNICEF Representative Noel Zagre continues to stress the importance of mobilising young people on climate issues. He believes that they need to be equipped with the tools to do so – and this is where UNICEF is stepping in. 

OFYI's Permanent Secretary, Fabrice Ntchango, says that: "OFYI is giving young people the tools they need to protect the environment. They are the most important demographic force in the fight against plastic pollution.

OFYI and UNICEF are inviting the media, government partners, civil society partners and the general public to support this initiative. By working together, we can create climate-responsible young adults.

What is One Forest Youth Initiative (OFYI)?
One Forest Youth Initiative (OFYI), an international youth NGO based in Gabon which is committed to promoting a more united, prosperous, and low-carbon world.

What is U-Report?
U-Report is a social platform available via Facebook, Twitter, SMS and Whatsapp. It was developed by UNICEF and is available in 50 countries around the world. The platform allows young people to share their opinions about issues that are important to them. Some countries have a dedicated UReporter program, but anyone who wants to become a U-Reporter can through U-Report Global. It doesn't matter where you are: the aim of U-Report is to give young people a platform to take part in public debates, to have their say on the social issues that affect them and to find solutions to the problems they face.


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