27 January 2012: UNICEF signs agreement with Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia
Partnership to help implement climate change activities
LUSAKA, Zambia, 27 January 2012 – UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has signed a partnership agreement with the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ) to facilitate implementation of a child-led advocacy project, Unite4Climate, in Zambian schools.
The two-year agreement, which involves UNICEF contributing US$96,000 to WECSZ, will see WECSZ monitor and report activities of more than 600 children serving as climate ambassadors countrywide as they undertake advocacy projects in climate change reduction and HIV prevention. WECSZ will also support the placement of computer work stations in 20 schools to help children conduct research, write stories, and record audio and video programmes on climate change. The society will also conduct teacher training and facilitate fundraising activities by ambassadors.
The partnership was announced today during a tree planting ceremony by Lusaka-based climate ambassadors at Kamulanga High School in Jack Compound.
UNICEF Zambia Representative Dr. Iyorlumun J. Uhaa said that children have a critically important role in climate change issues.
“We are proud to partner with the country’s oldest and most prominent environmental education and conservation organisation in helping Zambian children have a leading role in responding to climate change. As the Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates, the voices of children must be heard and respected, and Unite4Climate gives children opportunity to participate in a major global and national debate,” said Dr. Uhaa, “and help Zambia prepare for its future.”
In welcoming the partnership, WECSZ Vice-President Adam Pope said that the organization remains committed to environmental conservation through education and other activities.
“This partnership will go a long way in not only helping UNICEF implement its Unite4Climate programme but also help strengthen WECSZ structures on the ground. With a wide national membership in schools, tertiary institutions, and communities, we pride ourselves in sustained conservation efforts and will continue doing so,” said Mr. Pope.
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