Include youth in the country’s developmental projects

The regional Inter-Ministerial conference on Migration, Environment and Climate change, a three- day Conference on Climate Change facilitated by the International Organization for Immigration, that concluded yesterday with our President and his delegates attending the last day was meant to be a uniform ground to develop an integrated approach to climate change, induce migration across the East and Horn of Africa by bringing together high-level government representatives to discuss ways forward from the region which is already experiencing the impacts of climate change.

Under the theme; “Enhancing Corporation in relation to climate change-induced immigration, displacement and possible relocation,” a call for a more integrated approach and response to climate change, ahead of the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) that will take place in Egypt from 7-18 November was the goal of the conference.

IOM pointed out the importance of the youth being involved in such developmental talks and conferences, but where are the young people pf South Sudan in this? “It is imperative that the COP27 negotiations include the priorities raised by the 12 African States, including their youth” IOM post read.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 17 address the issues of climate action and partnership for the goals respectively. It is great to see that the country is partnering with her regional countries to endure those effects of climate change are mitigated and that it is recognized that the effects of climate change are some of the reasons for mobility of people, which later can easily spark conflicts like we have seen in South Sudan.

“Some of the most severe impacts of climate change are felt most severe in Africa. Increases in surface temperatures and the rise in sea level have all been more rapid on the continent than anywhere else. Some of the largest temperature anomalies have been recorded in the East and Horn of Africa. Mount Kenya, Africa’s second largest mountain, is expected to be one of the first mountain ranges to lose glaciers due to climate change” IOM reports.

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