The country’s National Youth Network on Climate change (NYNCC) has emphasized the need for accountability and transparent on climate justice deals with the inclusion of young people a head of Conference of Parties (COPs) 21 slated for December 2015 in Paris, France.
The call is part of the recommendation in the position paper youth across the nation have put forward to Malawi government, civil society and international organization for consideration during their attendance to COPs 21 based on the complexity of the negotiations on climate change made at various international levels including United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Addressing the press conference on Friday, September 25, 2015 in the capital Lilongwe, NYNCC demands accountability and transparency on any deals and agreements aimed at addressing the effective of climate change with youth’s inclusion as they constitute large percent of the
The grouping noted with concern that youths in Malawi are not fully engaged in the decision making towards the implementation of climate change adaptation measures at local, national and international levels which they say was a violation of their human rights guaranteed by the
Republican Constitution and Chapter 25 of Agenda 21 adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, in Rio de Janeiro.
NYNCC wants governments and development partners to invest more resources in building capacity among the youth and all people on the impact of climate change and some of the human behaviors that lead to climate change, for successful youth’s participation and engagement.
The grouping calls for developed countries, being the biggest polluters to scale up financing for the developing and least developed countries through Green Climate Fund (GCF) for them to adapt as they are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The developed states should make efforts to offset climate change through land use in their states rather than focusing their responses in developing countries alone.
“As young people, we are aware that resources and appropriate technology play an important role in the fight against climate crisis. It is therefore important that all stakeholders are adequately resourced and as such, funding of climate change activities should be
emphasized at all levels.
“We call for an urgent need to promote alternative sources of energy. This will not only protect the environment, but also offer employment opportunity to the many jobless energetic, skilled youths and need to develop and implement a sustainable energy programme including renewable energy and energy saving technologies to address the energy crisis in a sustainable manner:
“Extensive research work has been conducted on climate change both locally and globally. The findings are stepping stones for better understanding of climate change. Most of these findings have remained on shelves in academic institutions and offices without being translated into action”,
“Therefore, World Leaders deliver, without fail, a fair, ambitious, strong and binding agreement in Paris on climate treaty should adequately provide resources to limit climate change and keep global warming well below 1.5°C (350ppm) and also scale up public finance to enable young people and the poorest to adapt to climate change and continue to transit and develop in a low carbon pathway”, appeals Nissily Mushani, NYNCC’s Board Chairperson.
Echoing on the same, Heather Maseko, Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC)’s Assistant National Coordinator said this year COPs 21 was unique in the sense that world leaders expect to assess the Kyoto Protocol towards its lapse in 2020 while tallying with all agreements the past COPs have been making with the youth in mind.
“This year’s COPs 21 is for young people as such world leaders will be taken to task on how youths are incorporated in decision making. Therefore, Malawian youths have demonstrated passionate on their country towards addressing effects of climate change with the hope
that out of the conference, formidable actions will channeled directly to young people”, says Maseko.
On his part, Andrew Chapusa, Action Aid Malawi’s Acting Resilience Building Theme Manager applauded Malawian youth for consultative effort in responding vehemently towards addressing effects of climate change saying his organization will continue support youth on climate change adaptation measures.
With funding from Action Aid and Global Green Grants Fund, National Youth Network on Climate change is geared to make impact towards the implementation of agreements, deals on climate justice specifically for Malawian youths.
The 2015 Conference of Parties; which is expected convening 750+ cross-sector participants from business, Government, investors, UN, NGO and civil society, will provide an opportunity to reinforce business innovation in the climate change arena, accelerating international sustainable development and bring scale to low carbon innovation and creating dialogue, enable collaboration and showcase game-changing solutions to climate challenges while featuring 80+
foremost expert speakers, high level plenary sessions, interactive panel debates, workshops, cultural components and enhanced networking opportunities.