UNICEF and the National Youth Services Council Join forces to Promote Youth-Led Climate Action in Sri Lanka.

27 May 2024
UNICEF officials and NYSC
UNICEF Sri Lanka

Colombo, 27 May 2024 – UNICEF and the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance "Youth-Led Climate Action" across the nation.

The partnership aims to benefit children and youth, especially those from marginalized backgrounds, by increasing critical awareness, making climate knowledge more language inclusive, building essential skills, and fostering collaboration among stakeholders in climate change and environmental conservation.

The signing, today of the agreement by Mr. Christian Skoog, UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka and Mr. Pasindu Guneratne, Chairperson of NYSC, signifies a unified dedication to building a better future for children and youth by empowering them to lead and innovate in responding to the climate change crisis.

“Young people, especially children, are the most affected by the daily harsh realities of climate change such as extreme heatwaves, flooding, and disruption of lives. The consequences of these climate change episodes not only threaten the lives of children in the immediate term but also have long term consequences on their opportunities to grow and develop”, said Mr. Skoog

“The agreement we have signed today further strengthens the mobilization of young people to take centre stage in all aspects of the climate crisis in Sri Lanka, from defining the impact on their lives to contributing solutions that are relevant to the different contexts”.

Mr. Pasindu Guneratne, Chairperson of NYSC, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “we are dedicated to mobilizing youth to catalyze positive community transformation. Through our collaboration with UNICEF, we aim to empower young leaders with the expertise and capabilities required to address climate change proactively and make a lasting impact."

Under the agreement, UNICEF and NYSC commit to collaborate on a series of structured activities/events focusing on raising critical awareness and development of skills on climate change and environment conservation across Sri Lanka, and improving the collaboration between the government, civil society, academia, in the field of climate change and environment conservation.

UNICEF’s work on climate change for children is grounded in the Sri Lanka Children’s Declaration on Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction, a long history, experience, and deep understanding of the needs of children in the country and the expertise in fulfilling the rights of children through programmes, advocacy, and an extensive network of partners, including government, non- profit, and community organizations.

NYSC brings to the partnership an infrastructure and human resources for the support of innovative activities, the network of startup community, especially the youth and support resources from their island-wide youth clubs’ network. 

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Bismarck Swangin
UNICEF Sri Lanka
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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. For more information about UNICEF Sri Lanka, visit www.unicef.lk