UN Seeks Young Climate Change Speaker for UN General Assembly

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The United Nations seeks a young entrepreneur from a developing country to speak at the UN High-Level Event on Climate Change on June 29. This event is meant as a precursor to the Paris conference in December, where parties will adopt a new climate change treaty, and is part of a week of climate change events at the UN in New York called “2015: Time for Global Action.”

According to Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, a young person’s perspective will be incredibly valuable. “The first goal is to check the pulse of Members States to see where we stand. But we also know the world needs to go further to tackle climate change. We are therefore looking for solutions and inspiration from a young person who is already successfully taking climate action in his or her community,” he says.

The speaker, chosen by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service will also sit on two panels on the day of the event. Candidates from civil society organizations can “share their story of successful local climate action to help shift the world to a sustainable path, enabling economic opportunity, equality, and a healthy environment for all.” Representatives from civil society can also apply to be part of the Selection Committee.

The following other events will take place during this week: a business leaders’ meeting (organized by UN Global Compact), a meeting of Ministers from least developed countries, and a concert.

Mr. Kutesa highlights this year’s event as a key moment in fighting climate change. “We are engaged in three critically important processes – the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, financing for development, and climate change. This year, 2015, is the time for global action and this High-Level Event should highlight and inspire governments, communities and civil society to take further action.”

Source: UN News Centre