Uzbekistan hosts International Forum for Central Asian Climate Action for Children and Young People
The forum dedicated to World Children's Day (WCD) and the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) provided a platform for youth dialogue
TASHKENT, 9 November 2023 – Young people from all Central Asian countries, UNICEF, International Public Foundation Zamin, and other partner organizations called for urgent actions to overcome the challenges of climate change in the region.
The International Forum "Children and Youth in Action - Climate Change in Central Asia” is dedicated to recognizing the role of children and youth in combating the negative impacts of climate change, including through the promotion of environmental education.
High-level representatives of UNICEF, heads of UN agencies, representatives of government agencies, heads of relevant ministries and departments of Central Asian countries, international and regional organizations, diplomatic corps in Uzbekistan and national institutions, civil society, as well as representatives of children and youth of Central Asian countries attended the forum.
The event provided a good platform for practical exchange of views on actions taken at global, regional, and national levels to prevent environmental challenges and threats by approving the Central Asian Strategy for Promoting a Culture of Sustainable Development and Involvement of Children and Youth in the Climate Agenda for 2024-2030.
Young people from the Central Asian countries underlined children’s right to participate in policy and program development, as well as in monitoring and evaluating progress on climate change. They called governments and civil society for action and came up with innovative proposals to change the current situation.
Youth urged the governments to support youth environmental initiatives in every possible way and provide information to understand environmental problems and help in solving them. They underlined that this information should be accessible and understandable to all children and young people, including children with disabilities.
Also, young participants of the forum expressed their wish for businesses in Central Asia to become “green” to preserve the region’s limited natural resources and environment.
Boys and girls proposed strengthening the potential of children and youth through continuous green education and the formation of environmental culture starting from early childhood. They also mentioned the need for capacity building of teachers of both preschools and schools in this sphere.
“Mainstreaming climate change and environmental education into school curricula is a crucial step in raising awareness among children and young people and equipping them with the skills to adapt to a changing climate”, said Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. “UNICEF remains committed to supporting governments in this effort,” she added.
UNICEF and the International Public Foundation "Zamin" organized the event in close cooperation with the Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection and Climate Change, the Ministry of Preschool and School Education, the Agency for Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Youth Policy and Sports.
For more information, please contact UNICEF Uzbekistan:
Youth and Adolescent Development Officer
Emergency, Climate Change & DRR Officer
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