Youth Climate Change Conference 2017 Launched!

Sep 12, 2017


Following two previous successful stagings, the 2017 Youth Climate Change Conference will include the participation of 600 youth from 8 Caribbean countries and Japan.  Participating Caribbean countries include: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. The event is being co-hosted by the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change II (Ja REEACH II) Project and the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

Youth participants were selected after submissions were made to a local review panel, with winners ranging in age from 14 to 29 years; all passionate about the environment and environmental sustainability.

Stephen O’Malley, UNDP’s Resident Representative, expressed his delight at the ongoing collaboration to facilitate climate change discussion and advocacy. “Climate change is a concern for UNDP at the global level and, certainly, here in the Caribbean. It’s explicitly identified among our Sustainable Development Goals and, partnership is identified as a goal as well. So we’re very happy to be connecting with our development partners and, at the same time, facilitating youth dialogue and knowledge sharing.”

J-CCCP’s Project Manager, Yoko Ebisawa, identified the role of youth as crucial in advancing climate action. “We’ve conducted several studies across the region and they show that young people are interested in knowing more about climate matters. Empowering youth by providing information on what they can do is a big part of that.”