The UNDP, WHO, UNICEF Egypt and different youth initiatives members from all over the country agreed on the importance of integrating climate change into school curricula and creating targeted awareness-raising campaigns on climate change.
They presented these recommendations to the Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi and UN officials during the closing ceremony of the International Youth Day celebrations at the Olympic Center in Maadi, where a series of youth dialogues on climate change took place over the week in the lead up to COP27.
The United Nations in Egypt and the Ministry of Youth and Sports celebrated International Youth Day in a joint four-day event on August 7-9 and 10, 2022.
This year, the theme of International Youth Day is “Intergenerational Solidarity,” highlighting that solidarity across generations is key for sustainable development.
In his address, Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Ashraf Sobhy explained that Egypt works with international organizations in order to provide a space for young people to express their views and experiences on
climate change, and to provide dialogues as a platform for knowledge exchange.
“The meaningful engagement of young women and men is the first step on the way to a fairer and
better future. Youth should be engaged as Change-Makers with the power to act and mobilize others,” Elena Panova, Resident Coordinator in Egypt said in a message to the partakers.
Speaking to Sada Elbald English (SEE), Mohamed Eissa, a member of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), and one of those who participated effectively in the panel discussions said: “World Youth Day’s panels are held within the framework of Egypt’s hosting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 27 next November in Sharm El-Sheikh.”
Also in this regard, Eissa hailed the Youth and Sports Ministry and UN bodies for availing the Youths such opportunities to rediscover themselves.