Young people are the key to unlocking some of the greatest challenges facing Africa such as poverty and climate change. They are the pillars or greatest force the world has to steer the world towards position change. While this is true we cannot deny the fact that there are a couple of obstacles that prevent the young people from fully realizing their potential as change drivers in the society. This has led to a setback in the world being able to meet some of its goals. The young people have the technical capacity in terms of attitude, energy, dynamism and high affinity to technology which are key tools necessary for any driver of change. Lately youth and students around the world are striking from schools to demand for climate action from their governments.
It is upon the need for young people to contribute to climate action, that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) together with African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) Kenya in collaboration with 350 Kenya youth are planning a two day workshop on 4th and 5th April to outline the impact of inequality gap with reference to education, employment, governance and health and the influence of these sectors on the implementation of NDCs, NCCAP and access to climate finance.
The workshop will also come as a build-up to the global United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum to be held in Nairobi on the 8th and 9th of April 2019, Which seeks to recognize the young people as drivers of change and of development within the spheres of climate change under the theme of Empowered, Included and Equal.
Specifically, the workshop will seek to:
- Deliberate upon the inequality gaps in these five sectors of focus.
- Understand how the inequality gaps in these sectors affect implementation of Kenya's NDCs, NCCAP and Access to Climate Finance.
- Determine the existing opportunities for the youth to tap into within the inequality gaps.
- Recommend policy options to enhance youth involvement in inequality debate