The Minister of Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development, Mr. Almoustapha Garba said that African Youth are committed in fighting the negative effects of climate change in the continent.
He added that challenges of climate change require strong involvement of African youth, international and regional cooperation.
Mr Garba added that ” Indeed, the most visible manifestations of the adverse effects of climate change and variability on our biophysical and social environment are, among others, droughts, the degradation of our natural resources, the accentuation of the phenomenon of migration, terrorism. Judging the effects of these changes therefore requires a full commitment of countries to finance adaptation measures to reduce pollutant emissions.
The President of African Renaissance and Diaspora Network, Dr Djibril Diallo, urged stakeholders in the environment sector to carry young people along in their respective countries.
“One of our priority actions at African Renaissance and Diaspora Network is to engage the leadership and enthusiasm of the youth as entry point towards popularizing the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and its Diaspora.
The 33rd Summit of Heads of State of the African Union provided an excellent opportunity to spread our message to give the opportunity to the young people who are the future of Africa, “said Dr Djibril.
The Young African Leaders Summit on Climate Change is a platform for dialogue on thematic issues at the centre of the global climate debate, bringing together promising young Africans on climate change issues.