Support young climate change innovators: UN Youth Envoy

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Ahmad Alhendawi (second from right, bottom row). Photo courtesy of Ahmad Alhendawi

Young people should be supported in their efforts to contribute to a more sustainable future.

That opinion has been expressed by UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi, who is in Marrakech, Morocco for the latest UN climate change conference, known as COP22.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Young people were in the spotlight in Marrakech this Thursday, or Youth and Future Generations Day at the conference.

Mr Alhendawi told UN Radio that he was happy to see hundreds of youth delegates, particularly from countries in Africa and the Middle East.

He said an enlarged global youth movement with lots of "new voices coming on board" is eager to bring about a more sustainable future for all.

"I am confident that with this engagement we will continue to push for an accelerated implementation to the Paris Agreement and to the Sustainable Development Goals. I believe youth have the power as voters and innovators, and as mobilizers and social mobilizers, to take climate action today, and we need to support them."

The Marrakech conference is the first climate change summit since the signing of the Paris Agreement which seeks to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

It was agreed in 2015, the same year which saw the world adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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