Caribbean youth advocate for youth involvement in climate change planning at COP23


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Eighteen year old Ashfred Norris of Dominica presents his country report, detailing the impacts of Hurricane Maria on the island and outlining youth involvement in recovery efforts

(PRESS RELEASE) – Two Caribbean youth delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties are advocating for increased youth involvement in climate change planning.

Participating in the United Nations Development Programme’s Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (UNDP J-CCCP) Side Event, hosted in the UNDP Pavilion, eighteen year old Michael Morgan of Jamaica indicated his readiness to take action.

He noted, “Youth will be the ones inheriting the effects of climate change in coming years so, it’s essential that we understand what is being done and are involved in plans made.”

Jamaican Michael Morgan responds to audience questions as Ashfred Norris listens in (R-L)

Ashfred Norris of Dominica was of a similar persuasion, echoing his Prime Minister’s sentiments that Dominica is now on the frontline of climate change.

During his country report, Ashfred, who is also student of the Dominica State College, cited statistics which highlight how Hurricane Maria has impacted social structures including education and health.

He maintained that, “Youth voices are important but, it’s just the first step. When we look at the Ladder of Youth Participation, we see that the lowest levels are manipulation and tokenism. These are where youth seem to have a role but, it’s mostly ceremonial or, for show. The highest level is youth-initiated decisions and this is what we want to attain.”

Both youth delegates represented their countries at the recently concluded Youth Climate Change Conference (YCCC) in Jamaica and thereafter travelled to Bonn, Germany as participants in the Conference of Youth (COY 13) and UNFCCC’s COP 23, supported by the J-CCCP. During COY 13, the pair were members of a working group which produced an output document and worked diligently to ensure that the Caribbean and the Youth Statement on Climate Change issued at the end of YCCC featured in the document.

J-CCCP is a regional initiative working in eight Caribbean countries in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports, setting the region on a low-emission development path as well as improve the region’s ability to respond to climate risks and opportunities in the long-run, through resilient development approaches that go beyond disaster response to extreme events.

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