Girls for a Greener Future: Side event
We will be hosting a side event during the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
While world leaders have frittered away years in negotiations and recriminations, youth movements have demonstrated the energy, dedication, and innovation that we so urgently need to combat the grave threat of climate change. Young women and men are designing and driving locally relevant, community-based solutions to tackle every aspect of climate change – from mitigation and adaptation to disaster response.
WAGGGS’ side event will be a youth led panel, to showcase innovative girl-led projects and highlight young women’s contributions to efforts to combat climate change. The event will also call for young women to have a real voice in planning and decision-making, so that their specific needs and vulnerabilities are recognized and addressed in the climate response.
Keynote speaker - Mary Robinson
The event will open with keynote remarks by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice. Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland (1990-1997) and a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002). She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, and a member of the Elders. She has been an outspoken advocate for recognition of the gendered impacts of climate change and the importance of including women’s voices in decision-making on climate issues.
· Youth Delegates for WAGGGS: Aishath Thoifa (Maldives) and Alejandra Salas (Costa Rica)
· Youth Delegate for the World Organization of the Scout Movement: Alena Sermakshava (Belarus)
· Official Youth Delegate for South Africa: Morategi Kale
Exclusive interview with Mary Robinson
During the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, Mrs. Mary Robinson generously took the time to sit down with our young delegates and share insights from her own extensive experience.