“Youthwashing” was widely raised as a concern at COP26 by several youth groups, signifying that young people were invited to events with an important political scope but excluded from debates and decision-making processes. Fridays for Future activist Dominica Lasota explains that young people are in high demand to bring their perspective to national and global platforms, but once they begin to demand solutions, the doors close.
The youth of today will have to deal with the legacies of past and current leadership; they must be meaningfully engaged in critical decisions concerning their future and given an active role in addressing the climate emergency at the local, national and global levels.
Eric Mohamad Atthauriq, Assistant for Economics and Development, Bandung, Indonesia
Yuwei Shao, Program Manager, China Youth Climate Action Network
Elisa Calcaterra, Manager, Rome Center for Sustainable Development, UNDP
Mustapha Kemokai, Head of Sanitation, Freetown City Council, Sierra Leone - UrbanShift city
Smt. Hemali Boghawala, Mayor, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), India - UrbanShift city
Emani Kumar, Regional Director, ICLEI South Asia Secretariat & ICLEI Deputy Secretary General
This webinar will be delivered with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia and Gujarati. Please contact Karishma Asarpota for more information.
Unlocking Africa's Urban Potential: Improving Informal Settlements through Sustainable Planning
As Africa experiences rapid urban growth, this webinar will shed light on best practices for managing informal settlements and expanding sustainably.
Surat, India: Rooftop Solar Panels Project
Model: Enabling Innovation
Freetown, Sierra Leone: The Tree Town Campaign Private Sector Engagement
Model: Business-Focused International Partnerships
How Africa’s First Chief Heat Officer is Helping to Create a More Resilient Freetown
As extreme heat rises across the globe, Eugenia Kargbo is showing how cities can prioritize strategies to mitigate risks and support residents' wellbeing.