President William Ruto this morning at KICC in Nairobi declared open the African Youth Climate Assembly (AYCA) – the official youth engagement mechanism of the Africa Climate Summit set to kick off from Monday next week.
The assembly brought together a diverse cohort of young leaders, activists, innovators, and change-makers from across Africa.
Under the theme “African-led Solutions to Global Challenges”, the African Youth Climate Assembly serves as a rallying point, drawing attention to the unique climate-related vulnerabilities faced by African countries and highlighting the region’s substantial contributions to global climate solutions.
”Africa has the capacity to expand its economy and prosperity while offering climate-smart solutions. Our youth — with their immense energy, skill and talent — can imagine that future; a future that will safeguard our natural carbon sinks and transition our consumption to be greener and decarbonised,” President Ruto said on Friday at the inaugural ceremony.
In line with the African Union’s Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032), the assembly will formulate the Africa Youth Declaration – a policy statement diving deep into the key asks from African children and youth – that will be presented to the African Union and Heads of States and Government at The Africa Climate Summit.