Youth Climate Dialogues Leaving No One Behind!
The 6th Youth Climate Dialogues took place on the 12 April 2017 between Lycée International de Ferney-Voltaire (France) and the primary and secondary schools from the Sheder Refugee Camp (Ethiopia). This is the first Youth Climate Dialogue in a refugee camp and in Ethiopia. The dialogue was organized in partnership with UNHCR, UNESCO Green Academies, and the Ethiopian Government Administration for Refugees and Returnee Affairs (ARRA). The event was hosted by UNITAR in Geneva and UNHCR regional office in Jijiga. The discussions were facilitated by Mr. Alan Ackroyd from Lycée International de Ferney-Voltaire and Ms. Ayan Mehad Mehammud, Education Assistant from UNHCR in Jijiga.
The Lycée International Ferney-Voltaire is a public secondary education international school on the border with Geneva. This is the second time the Lycee’s Model United Nations (FerMUN) club participates in the YCD, last year October they participated in the YCD with the Trinity College Nabbingo.
The Sheder refugee camp is situated north-east of Jijiga, Ethiopia and 30 km from the Ethiopia – Somaliland border. The camp has a population size of 10 827 (all from Somalia) and the participating students are part of the environmental club, which mobilizes students to bring change and improve environmental conditions within the school and camp, including: environmental awareness raising campaigns, planting trees, weekly camp clean-up, water saving, piloting street trees in all administrative zones in the camp and recycling.
The dialogue was opened with remarks by Ms. Kristina Von Petersdorff, UNHCR Officer in Charge Jijiga Sub-Office, by Ms. Medhanit, Education Officer at the Ethiopian Government Administration for Refugees and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and by Mr. Nikhil Seth, UNITAR Executive Director.
To kick-off the discussions and facilitate the dialogue, students from both schools presented projects they have worked on including posters, drawings, and videos. Students from the refugee camp in Ethiopia shared some of the most pressing climate change problems around the camp: soil erosion and drought. The students also produced a video interviewing their environmental club teacher on climate change.
Students from France shared their ideas through drawings, interviews with peers and a flipbook video. Students exchanged many questions among each other, including questions about the climate change effects in the region, initiatives they take to challenge against the situation and the importance of education.
About UN CC:Learn
UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).