Empowering African Youth Through Green Jobs

by Business Watch Team
African Youth

In anticipation of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28), Crtve Development, in collaboration with the African Youth Collaboration Assembly (AYCA) and the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, hosted AYCA Unplugged: The COP28 Youth Agenda.

This initiative aimed to harness the momentum ignited by the Africa Climate Summit 2023 (ACS) and reaffirm the AYCA Nairobi Youth Declaration, emphasizing the unwavering commitment of African youth to drive climate-positive growth through green jobs.

With Africa’s burgeoning youth population, representing over 400 million individuals, the continent holds immense potential for innovation and sustainable development. Harnessing the creativity, energy, and innovative capabilities of African youth through green job creation is a powerful solution to the dual crisis of high youth unemployment rates and growing climate threats.

Green Jobs: A Dual Crisis Solution

Green jobs provide a pathway to alleviate Africa’s high youth unemployment rates while addressing climate change challenges. By equipping African youth with the skills and knowledge required for green economies, we can empower them to become agents of change, driving renewable energy adoption and sustainable development.

The African Youth Declaration: A Call for Action

The African Youth Declaration, a product of the Africa Youth Climate Assembly, serves as a powerful call for action, demanding sustainable change and active participation of African youth in global environmental policy-making processes leading up to COP 28. The declaration prominently champions the creation of green jobs, recognizing their pivotal role in transitioning towards environmental sustainability.

Denmark’s Commitment to Youth Leadership

Denmark, a global leader in climate action, recognizes the critical role of youth in the transition to a green economy. H.E. Stephan Schønemann, Danish Ambassador to Kenya, affirmed Denmark’s commitment to supporting African youth in their endeavors to create a sustainable future.

AYCA Unplugged: A Platform for Dialogue and Collaboration

AYCA Unplugged: The COP28 Youth Agenda provided a platform for partners from government, the private sector, civil society, and youth groups to unite and exchange insights on enhancing youth-led initiatives for impactful climate action. The event featured insightful keynote addresses, moderated conversations with prominent figures in the climate arena, and a powerful video screening highlighting the voices of inspiring youth activists.

Conclusion: A Call to Action

As we approach COP 28 and beyond, it is imperative to recognize and empower young climate leaders with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to develop and implement African-led solutions to the global climate crisis. Green job creation stands as a beacon of hope, offering a transformative solution to the dual challenges of youth unemployment and climate change. Let us harness the potential of Africa’s youth, empowering them to become architects of a sustainable future.

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