- From COP27 to G20: World youth urge world leaders to uphold multilateralism and empower youth
SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Ahead of the G20, students from 15 prestigious universities in nine countries called on world leaders to empower youth and uphold the principles of multilateralism to make the commitments of zero net carbon emissions take action.2
The call to action comes from the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) Youth Ambassadors who released an open letter addressed to world leaders at the 'Climate x' event at COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Held at the China Pavilion on November 9, Finance Day, the event brought together GAUC members with global climate leaders, including Xie Zhenhua, China's special envoy on climate change; Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Associations of France; Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP; Nick Stern, President of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE; and Elizabeth Yee, executive vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Xie Zhenhua, China's Special Envoy on Climate Change, stressed the importance of young people contributing to the synergistic approach to the climate problem: "The cross section between solutions to climate change and other SDG goals is the key to the green revolution. of humanity, which is the spirit of 'Climate X'. The time has come to encourage more young people to join this movement and come up with innovative solutions."
During the event, GAUC Youth Ambassadors released a letter to world leaders on behalf of students across six continents, highlighting the need to harness the skills and drive of youth towards urgent climate action. Yenziwe Mbuyasa, Stellenbosch University GAUC Global Youth Ambassador, said: "Global youth have a vested interest in climate action to help the world and are ready to contribute their passion, knowledge, intellect and actions to protect our planet for a sustainable future".
Developed by the next generation of climate leaders, the letter urges decision-makers to honor the principles of intergenerational equity and multilateralism, and to expand channels for youth to participate effectively in global climate governance.
"Beyond being observant and expressing themselves, young people are capable of making transformational changes with our wisdom and solutions." Canyang Xie, GAUC Ambassador from Tsinghua University expressed. "With diversified opportunities and platforms, we will strengthen our climate leadership and broaden our horizons," said Ghilan Mara Andreea, GAUC Ambassador from the London School of Economics. 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 Climate x Youth Leadership Training Pilot Program, an Africa Regional Climate Forum, as well as the 'Climate x' Global Youth Summit on Net-zero Future, and Global Youth Climate Week 2022.
Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Solutions and Ambition and founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, commented, "When it comes to tackling climate change, young people deserve a seat at the table." The Global Alliance of Universities on Climate is helping to provide that 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 convening partner, Bloomberg L.P 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 access to free ESG certification. recently launched by Bloomberg L.P.
The campaign also garnered support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Its Executive Vice President, Elizabeth Yee, explained: "GAUC embodies the global effort needed across generations and sectors to stop climate change. By connecting and supporting students globally, GAUC is preparing young climate leaders for their future role and allowing your contribution today.
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