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Kenyan youth set for Tanzania climate change summit

25 July 2014, 16:24

Nairobi - A delegation of students from Kenya will join their counterparts from the region in the East African Regional Youth Summit on Climate Change which kicked off on Friday in Mwanza, Tanzania.

The East African Community (EAC) Students Union is organising the event in collaboration with the Tanzania Youth Vision Association with the support of the EAC Secretariat.

According to the EAC, the East African Regional Youth Summit is a platform that brings together young people from different parts of East Africa to address various challenges.

“The youth meet once every year to discuss issues such as the EAC integration agenda, and how to take advantage of the opportunities that it (integration) presents.   The Mwanza conference will bring together over 200 participants mostly from Secondary Schools and Institutions of Higher Learning,” read an EAC statement.

The meeting also has the support of the European Union, United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Government of Norway, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the EAC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who are implementing a joint initiative to address climate change in the three Regional Economic Communities.

The summit comes a month after Nairobi played host to the high-level United Nations Environment Assembly which attracted the participation of high-profile figures such as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and other high level representatives from more than 190 UN Member and Observer States.

The EAC has since included various stakeholders in the fight against environmental degradation.

“In order to develop a unified African position on Climate Change, the programme is engaging key stake holders such as farmer organizations, women, youth and children to participate in climate change decision-making processes, strategies and interventions. Thus this three-day Youth Summit on Climate Change is a great platform to engage young people to build regional and continental consensus for the African Climate Solution,” stated EAC.

 – CAJ News

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