UNICEF trains young people to become responsible for the climate and appoints Tamarah Moutotekema Boussamba as a Climate Advocate

15 June 2023
Fanja Saholiarisoa
Les membres du One Youth Forest Initiative avec l'UNICEF et le représentant du Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports

4 May 2023, Libreville: UNICEF, a UN agency working to promote children's rights, continues to prioritise climate issues by committing to working with children and young people to increase their role in preserving our ecosystem and improving social services’ response to the crisis.

Following the success of the One Forest Youth Summit, which took place from 27th – 28th February, UNICEF has signed a memorandum of understanding with the One Forest Youth Initiative and the Ministry of Youth and Sport. The main objective of this will be to contribute to developing the capacities of children and young people and to encourage the emergence of a generation of climate advocates.

The involvement of young people in decision-making is very important. Young people must be included in all national, regional, and international climate negotiations and decisions. They must be given the means to 'champion climate action' through climate education and green skills.

This partnership demonstrates UNICEF’s commitment made to the environment. According to Noel Marie Zagré, the UNICEF Resident Representative in Gabon, it is important that everyone plays a role in building a generation of climate-responsible adults with skills in managing and preserving the environment and the ecosystem.

The partnership signed today will focus on building the capacities of young people to enable them to make a significant contribution to environmental protection and sustainable development in Gabon, Africa, and the world.

At the same time, UNICEF Gabon has appointed Tamara Moutotekema Boussamba as a Young Climate Advocate. The purpose of this is to increase advocacy for the protection and conservation of the climate and the environment; to advance the rights of children and young people in climate matters; and to hold the Gabonese leadership to high standards.

Young people are very impressive, and they have the immense potential to benefit their societies socially, politically, and economically. They are also the most effective advocates for the issues that affect them and have the power to galvanize their peers about the issues they feel passionately about. To promote children's rights, decision-makers, including adults, businesses and world leaders must work with children and young people as agents of change.

It is in this context that UNICEF Gabon is partnering with young spokespeople, advocates, influencers, and youth-led movements as agents of change; appointing Young Advocates to leverage their voices; and working together to advance children's rights and the issues they care about, including the climate crisis.

Today's ceremony took place with the presence of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, which is the guarantor and co-signatory of this partnership and is committed to supporting it.


Fanja Saholiarisoa
Fanja Saholiarisoa
Remise officielle du manifest du One Forest Youth Summit au représentant de l'UNICEF

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