Youth delegates return inspired from Morocco Climate Change Talks

Published by Laurie Manetta on

November 17th, 2016

Young Irish people who attended the International Conference of Youth (COY12) in Morocco have shared their experience yesterday at a talk at Filmbase in Temple Bar, as part of One World Week.

COY12 took place 4-6 November in Marrakech and had given young people the possibility to express their concerns ahead of the Conference of the Parties (COP22).

Six young representatives from ECO-UNESCO attended the Conference and gave two inspiring and engaging workshops to the delegation of hundreds of young people from across the globe.

Irish delegates Alex Antochi (16), Leon Gill (18), Liam Hanley (16), Kyle Al Kaadiri (16), Aoibhinn Nevin Ginnetty (16), and Oilean Stritch (16), who all take part in ECO-UNESCO’s ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’ programme, showed their presentations on the ‘Irish Perspective of Sustainable Development’ and the ‘Environmental Impact of Fashion’.

They felt truly concerned about the environmental challenges and realized the importance of government actions to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

Elaine Nevin, ECO-UNESCO National Director commented; “I am delighted that ECO-UNESCO was represented at COY12, and that the young people who attended were able to share the Irish experience of climate change and sustainable development with young people from across the globe. We will be watching the outcome of the COP22 very closely, and hope to see strong action by governments to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the transition to a sustainable economy and future.”

Further to the film-screening, they plan to channel their ideas for the next step will be the Young Environmentalist Awards 2017.

Registration for the Awards closes on 25th November and is open to all young people (10-18 years old) across Ireland who want to take action to protect their environment too! Details on the Awards and how to register can be found at

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Laurie Manetta

Laurie is a contributor to the Green News. She is currently undertaking a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy at Sciences PO Grenoble in France.