Conclusion of the Local Youth Climate Change Conference

 Youth climate action agenda unveiled at LCOY 2023

05 October 2023

Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Dana Firas, The president of Petra National Trust and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Heritage, the Local Youth Climate Change Conference concluded Wednesday, October 04th 2023. The conference, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Environment in partnership with UNICEF Jordan, Generations for Peace, and Al Hussein Technical University, and supported by Bank al Etihad and KOICA, with the participation of 150 young people from across Jordan.

The closing ceremony attended the Minister of Youth, Muhammad Al-Nabulsi, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Ahmed Al-Hanandah, Minister of Environment, Dr. Muawiyah Al-Radaida, Chairman of the Committee of Health, Environment and Population at the Senate, Dr. Yassin Al-Hassan, UNICEF Representative to Jordan, Philippe Duamelle, and Chairman of Generations For Peace, Dr. Muhannad Arabiyat, the President of Al-Hussein Technical University, Dr. Ismail Al-Hunaiti, and Country Director of KOICA Jordan, Mr. Seo Dong Sung, and representatives of Bank al Etihad, highlighted a draft youth agenda for climate action developed during the conference.

The young participants emphasized the urgency of intensifying efforts to address climate change impacts and advocate for the green economy.

Young participants deliberated on a final youth statement that included ten policy recommendations to address climate change, with plans to showcase these at the COP28 summit in Dubai. These proposals aim to navigate Jordan towards sustainability by capitalizing on its vast solar energy capabilities, amplifying investments in renewables to reduce fossil fuel reliance, protecting marine ecosystems by minimizing single-use plastics, integrating cultural preservation in climate strategies due to their vital role in promoting low-carbon lifestyles, and emphasizing the active inclusion of Jordan’s youth in shaping and executing climate-responsive policies.

The statement highlighted youth commitments to environmental protection, emphasizing their pledge to adopt eco-friendly transportation, lead recycling initiatives, water conservation, engage in afforestation, and spearhead climate-awareness and media campaigns within their local communities.

Minister of Youth Al-Nabulsi praised the efforts made by the participating youth who prepared policy documents and their pledges to reinforce youth active participation in decision-making and effectively addressing the impacts of climate change.

Al-Radaida emphasized that youth are best positioned to address climate change impacts. He outlined the Ministry of Environment's strategies and policies aimed at mitigating climate effects while also boosting youth engagement and representation in global forums.

Yanal Khateeb, 14, from Irbid, concluded “Young people affected by climate change are the changemakers who will be responsible for implementing the solutions presented today. There is no Planet B, we as young people will act now to protect our future.” 

“Young individuals from all Jordanian governorates, like us, urgently need our voices and solutions to be acknowledged and implemented. Climate change is presently affecting our country and our world, jeopardizing our future prospects, livelihoods, and very existence,” expressed Shaima Abu Labbad, 23, climate leader from Jerash.

The conference is organized in collaboration with "YOUNGO," the official youth entity of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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