Leaders Summit- Raising Ambition in the Climate Action: A Regional Perspective on Youth Engagement

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 2 June 2022 – the 24-hour Leaders Summit attracted more than 12,000 participants and leaders from the UN, governments, civil society, and UN Global Compact Local Networks in every time zone. It was led by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General, and CEO of the UN Global Compact.

The Middle East Panel: Raising Ambition in the Climate Action: A Regional Perspective on Youth Engagement.

On a regional level, the UN Global Compact Network Lebanon, UN Global Compact Network UAE, UN Global Compact Network KSA and UN Global Compact Network Jordan joined forces and organized a regional plenary session where different speakers and experts from different sectors shared constructive thoughts, approaches, and recommendations around the critical role of the youth in the private sector focusing on their substantial role and engagement in elevating and improving the climate change.

This session was moderated by Mrs. Mary Menassa, Sr. Climate Action Specialist & Coordinator, and UNFCCC-RCC for the MENA region and South Asia, and gathered Mrs. Maissam El Kouche, Sustainability Manager at Majid Al Futtaim Holding, and Council Member at the Arab Youth Council for Climate Chane, Mr. Marc Anlian, a pioneer in the SDG Brain Lab Program Data Hub, pursuing his education in Pharmacy with a demonstrated background in Civic Engagement, Dr. Hassan Ali Raboui, Climate Chane and Renewable Energy Specialist at SABIC, and Mrs. Hind Hadidi, Acting Executive Director at Jordan Green Building Council.

These eminent specialists and experts stressed on the importance of the new talents at the core of a team, and how the businesses should use a multilayer approach to enhance the role of the private sector. They underlined the importance of upscaling, training and building the leaders of tomorrow to deliver a better outcome and a stronger engagement.

Highlights from Marc Anlian intervention at this regional dialogue:

  • Change starts with aspiring young entrepreneurs who should align their strategies with sustainability.
  • Raising awareness among customers about supporting green enterprises and being vocal about it by creating a demand for goods produced sustainably is crucial to generating change.
  • Knowledge is fundamental but a proper education is necessary to hone its uses, and this can only be learned by active involvement in projects and experiences such as educational programs, awareness conferences, incorporating climate action materials in schools and universities, encouraging the youth’s participation in model and real conferences and networks that raise awareness on and solve climate action issues, by using the latest trends and platforms that are youth-friendly.

Regarding the involvement level of the youth, he mentioned that the youth craves formal representation. They are the stakeholders and they must be included at the table that discusses climate action which concerns their future directly. “PreCOP26 did it right, the Youth4Climate hashtag trend caught on exceptionally quick and these are just a few instances that demonstrate how capable the youth is if given a chance. Cop27 and 28 should follow suit.

All sessions from the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2022 can be viewed on the YouTube channel.

To learn more about the Leaders Summit, access the UN Global Compact press release here.

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