UNEP To Support Youth Programme On Environment


The United Nations En
vironmental Programme Regional Office for Africa (UNEP-ROA) says it will support African youth leaders to champion environmental issues in the continent.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen recently in Abuja and signed by Hamzat Lawal, the head, Communications Committee, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change.
According to the statement, the support is in agreement with the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) to make the youth key stakeholders in environmental programmes.
It stated that AMCEN Declaration in 2010 acknowledged the youth as a key partner in the implementation of its recommendations and this recognition was reiterated in Arusha, Tanzania in 2012.
In line with this, the statement said that UNEP-ROA would, in September, organise a conference on Environment and Sustainable Development tagged ” TUNZAFRIKA 2013,’’ in collaboration with Jeunes Volontaires  Pour l’Environnement (JVE), an NGO, in Togo.
It added that the conference was in line with UNEP’s commitment to engaging young people on environmental issues and the Governing Council’s extension of the Tunza programme for the next five years.
The statement quoted the Director of UNEP-ROA Mounkaila Goumandakoye as saying that the main objective of the conference was to provide participants a platform for learning and exchange around the challenges of the transition to a sustainable Africa.
“Youths’ contributions into this process and for discussions on the operationalisation of Tunzafrika is a main platform for UNEP engagement with the youth in Africa.’’
Also, the statement quoted Sena Alouko, Executive Director of JVE, as saying that in order to unleash the immeasurable energy and innovation potential within the African youth, it is crucial to create a platform for them to finalise the design of TUNZAFRIKA.