SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, November 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ahead of the G20, students from 15 prestigious universities in nine countries called on world leaders to empower young people and uphold the principles of multilateralism to turn zero-carbon commitments into action.
The call to action comes from the Global Alliance of Universities Climate (GAUC) Youth Ambassadors who published an open letter addressed to world leaders at the “Climate x” event in COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Held at the China Pavilion on November 9Finance Day, the event brought together GAUC members with global climate leaders, including Xie Zhenhua, China Special Envoy on Climate Change; Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister Delegate for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships; Inger AndersenExecutive Director, UNEP; Nick Stern, President of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE; and Elizabeth Yeeexecutive vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Xie Zhenhua, China The Special Envoy on Climate Change stressed the importance of young people’s contribution to the synergistic approach to the climate problem: “The intersection between solutions to climate change and the other objectives of the SDGs is the key to the green revolution of humanity, which is the spirit of “Climate X”. Now is the time to inspire more young people to join this movement and come up with innovative solutions.”
During the event, GAUC Youth Ambassadors unveiled a letter to world leaders on behalf of students from six continents, stressing the need to harness the skills and motivation of young people for urgent climate action. Yenziwe Mbuyasa, GAUC Global Youth Ambassador from Stellenbosch University, said: “Global youth have interests in climate action to help the world and are ready to contribute their passion, ideas, intelligence and its actions to protect our planet for a sustainable future.
Developed by the next generation of climate leaders, the letter calls on decision makers to respect the principles of intergenerational equity and multilateralism, and to expand the channels for young people to participate effectively in global climate governance.
“In addition to being observers and speaking out, young people are able to bring about transformational change through our wisdom and solutions.” Canyang Xie, GAUC Ambassador of Tsinghua University expressed. “With diverse opportunities and platforms, we will strengthen our climate leadership and broaden our horizons,” said Ghilan Mara Andreea, GAUC Ambassador of London School of Economics underline. You can read the full letter here.
The Climate X event is part of GAUC’s Climate x 2022 campaign, which includes a series of events at national, regional and global levels, such as a pilot Climate x youth leadership training project, a regional forum on climate in Africa as well as the 2022 ‘Climate x’ Global Youth Summit on Net-zero Future, and the Global Youth Climate Week.
Michael R. Bloomberg, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Climate Ambition and Solutions and Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: “When it comes to tackling climate change, young people deserve a place at Table. The Global Universities Climate Alliance is helping to provide this seat, while supporting their work to build a more sustainable future. We need more global and cooperative partnerships like this to accelerate our progress.” As an organizing partner, Bloomberg LP is proud to build on its successful collaboration with GAUC and announce that it will grant 100 students from GAUC’s Climate x Pilot program free access to Bloomberg LP’s new ESG certification. .
The campaign also gained support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Its executive vice-president Elizabeth Yee said “GAUC embodies the global effort needed across generations and sectors to stop climate change. By connecting and supporting students globally, GAUC prepares young climate leaders for their future role and enables their contribution today.”
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