Rwanda Express (Kigali)

East Africa: Youths Upbeat On Environment

Youth in the East African Community (EAC) regional have reaffirmed their commitment to contribute to raising awareness on the Climate change as a main challenge to African economies.

This commitment was by a youth gathering held in Kigali, this June 11, which brought together various youth groups and cooperatives to discuss their contribution to a green environment.

The gathering was part of preparation to have voices of the EAC youth heard in the comingRio+20,the UNConferenceon Sustainable Development that will take place in Janeiro, Brazil this July, 2012.

Their meeting is part of the EAC regional campaign organized by the Kenya Youth Climate Network (KYCN), sponsored by the United Nations Millennium Campaign.

David Wainaina, the KYCN representative said that the youth have a fundamental task of contributing to the climate change campaign in their respective communities by coming up with better community based solutions for a greener region to enable the economies progressively adopt the changes.

This campaign started in Burundi and will cover the five East Africa Community partner states. It aims at building capacity for the youth to play a lead role in ensuring a green economy for sustainable development.

The outcomes from all the meetings will be used as recommendations to be forwarded by government representatives, from across the world, who will attend the Janeiro meet.

"The findings will act as a check on politicalcommitment for sustainable development through assessing progress attained from the previous summits on sustainable development as well as addressing challenges identified" Wainaina said.

The Executive Secretary of the Rwanda National Youth Council (NYC),Alphonse Nkuranga, explained that the youth have engaged in the green campaign such as keeping their cities clean and green, and have also been employed to plant bamboo trees on river banks to safeguard water bodies from human activities and other activities supported by the government.

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