African Youth Initiative on Change Change , have expressed worried over the effects of Climate change in African .
This was disclosed at the 3rd edition of African Youth Conference on Climate Change ( AfriYOCC) organized by AfriYOCC in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Environment ,with the theme “ integrating African Youth in the implementation of National Determined Contributions (MDCs):Trends and Prospects” is three day programme slated hold from 25th -27th October 2017, the conference which offers African Youth a space to create their ideal future and to get involved in sustainable solutions and ecological project .
The Deputy Executive Coordinator/Programmes Director, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) , Barr. Nkiruka Nnaemego said that the conference was aimed at providing a unique platform for African Youth to create awareness about the critical role young people should play in shifting agenda inUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),regional and national negotiation processes.
“ AfriYOCC will enhance dialogue and understanding of dynamics and impacts of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and possible entry points for youth engagement. It will also facilitate the articulation of the views and youth position and beyond”.
Nnaemego added that at the end of conference a clear understanding of the youth engagement strategy in NDCs ‘ implementation, new partners to liaises with on climate change issues across the continent and youth selected to join national delegations and team negotiators for COP23 .
Consequently, the Minster for State Environment Ibrahim Jibril represented by the Director Climate Change ,Mr.Peter Tarfa in his
Keynote address emphasised that the theme: “Integrating African Youth in the Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions: Trends and Prospects’’Is apt and timely said there has been a paradigm shift where the climate change issue has become a developmental one. This fact necessitates engagement of relevant stakeholders including the youth organizations. Besides governmental actors, non-governmental organizations have great potential to play a larger role in Nigeria’s NDC Implementation.
“As we may all be aware, the Fifth Assessment Report presents strong evidence that warming across Africa has increased considerably over the last 50 –100 years. Further climate changes are inevitable in the coming decades.
“The Impacts of climate change are potentially capable of damaging natural environment and deter economic growth in this region. Africa is the most vulnerable among the regions of the world to the impacts of climate change and unfortunately has the least capacity to adapt. “
“ the region is consequently already experiencing resource conflicts, such as community clashes over water points, impacts on sea level rise, ecology and ecosystems, soil erosion and flooding, agricultural production, food security, population and migration”, he said .
Jibril said Statistics reveals that Africa’s youth population will double by 2050 and Africa will become the youngest region of the world. If this huge demographic asset is well tapped and well trained, it transforms Africa to the talent centre of the future. Today, our youth are faced with unemployment and towards this; we must take action to promote creativity and entrepreneurship which is in tandem with climate action and sustainable development.
“Faced with the challenge of environmental sustainability, transformation entails the reconfiguration of the structures of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in ways that can build a solid foundation for future growth and development. Achieving such change requires a departure from the previous approaches to economic growth and development that failed to take full account of the role of natural and social capital in wealth creation”.
He reiterated thatAfrica has enormous opportunities to contribute to the global efforts in combating climate change. Most of the African countries have signed the Paris Agreement and submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), while most of them have ratified these Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
“These NDCs have incorporated two targets: an unconditional target that will be met by African countries with their own resources and a conditional target, subject to financial support from the international community”.
He maintained that the outcome of the workshop can provide inputs to your representatives at the negotiations at COP23.Government therefore is keenly looking forward to the outcome.