COP 25: Young climate activists call for urgent action on the climate crisis at UNICEF-OHCHR event

06 December 2019
Climate action and UN General Assembly 2019

WHAT: An on-the-record high-level event with UN representatives, government officials and global leaders at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in which young climate activists will call for bold, urgent action to protect children and young people from the impact of the climate crisis.

WHO: Five children and young climate activists from Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway, Spain and Zimbabwe; Government representatives from Chile, Costa Rica, Peru and Spain; United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet; Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson; and representatives from UNICEF and the Youth Climate Movement (YOUNGO).

WHEN: 13:15 – 14:45 CET Monday 9 December.

WHERE: Feria de Madrid, Torres del Paine, Hall 4.

The event will be livestreamed on:

WHY: The climate crisis is a child rights crisis. Yet currently, the majority of nationally determined contributions set out by member states do not mention children or young people.

The event will see the launch of an Intergovernmental Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate Action, urging Member States to commit to accelerating inclusive child-responsive climate action as part of their nationally determined contributions, including measures to enhance youth participation in decision-making.  


The youth participants are: 

Camila Gonzalez, 16, Mexico, climate activist  

Nkosilathi Nyathi, 16, Zimbabwe, environmental activist and innovator

Pablo Morente, 21, Spain, climate activist and mobiliser behind Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion climate events

Penelope Lea, 15, Norway, UNICEF Norway ambassador on climate and environment

Sara Cognuck, 24, Costa Rica, coordinator for the Local Conference of Youth which developed the Declaration

UNICEF spokespeople available at COP25 are:

Paloma Escudero, UNICEF global chief of communication

Gautam Narasimhan, UNICEF senior adviser on climate change, energy and environment

James Elder, UNICEF regional communication adviser for East and Southern Africa

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF global chief of media

Please contact Najwa Mekki to arrange interviews: + 1 917 209 1804,

Media contacts

Najwa Mekki
Tel: +1 917 209 1804
Georgina Diallo
UNICEF Europe and Central Asia
Tel: +1 917 238 1559


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