UNICEF concludes a Climate Training Programme for The United Arab Emirates Youth Climate Advocates
Dubai, 20 July 2023 – UNICEF, in partnership with the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Children (SCMC), conducted a 4-day capacity-building workshop on climate change from 17 July to 20 July 2023. The workshop aimed to raise awareness and equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to address the urgent issue of climate change, with a specific focus on its impact on children and youth. This workshop served as a critical milestone in the lead-up to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) on climate change.
The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Children is playing a pivotal role in the United Arab Emirates, advocating for the health and well-being of children and mothers across the country. As a key partner in this capacity-building workshop, SCMC further strengthened its commitment to addressing climate change and its effects on vulnerable populations, particularly children. By collaborating with UNICEF, SCMC created a platform for knowledge exchange and collaborative action to protect children's rights in the face of the climate crisis.
Her Excellency Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, said, 'We are committed to protecting the future of our children in the face of the urgent climate crisis, and our collaboration with UNICEF in the climate training program represents an important step towards empowering young people and providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to combat climate change.' Al Falasi added that through their participation, we can ensure that our climate action strategies focus on the rights and well-being of children, in light of the United Arab Emirates' hosting of the 28th United Nations Climate Conference. We look forward to seeing youth engagement in adopting sustainable and flexible climate solutions that every child deserves.
"The climate crisis is a child rights crisis," said Eltayeb Adam, UNICEF Representative to the Gulf Area. "we need to involve every child, adolescent, and youth in all decisions and plans on climate action and to equip them with knowledge and tools related to climate adaptation and mitigation"
The workshop brought together a diverse range of participants, including UNICEF Youth Advocates, Youth Climate Champion from the COP28 UAE team, representatives from the Community Development Authority, and the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Children. By engaging children and youth in discussions and training sessions, the workshop aimed to empower them to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
During the 4-day workshop, participants explored key topics related to climate change, including climate knowledge, climate change impacts, climate governance, the UAE's response to climate change, adaptation and mitigation of climate change, effects of climate change on mental health, and climate advocacy and action. These sessions equipped the participants with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to advocate for climate action that prioritizes children's development and well-being.
UNICEF's global climate advocacy ask, which guided the workshop's objectives, revolved around key outcomes: climate finance that safeguarded every child, climate adaptation that protected every child, climate decision-making with children and young people at the center, and accelerated climate mitigation to secure a future for children. By placing child rights at the heart of climate action, UNICEF aimed to influence global climate policy, investment, and action, ensuring the protection of the most vulnerable children from the impacts of a changing climate.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.