Youth Irked by Slow Progress in Climate Change Negotiations

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Ugandan Youth Groups said in a statement issued at the sidelines of the climate change conference in Morocco that despite a new phase of climate negotiations coming at the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, current pledges are totally inconsistent with the common target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade.

Ugandan youth groups attending the ongoing Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco have expressed irritation with the pace of negotiations and asked governments to stop dragging their feet and take concrete action now. 

The youth are concerned that despite a new phase of climate negotiations coming at the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, current actions and pledges are totally inconsistent with the common target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade.

The Paris Agreement, which came into force on November 4, 2016 aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change and to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impact of climate change through appropriate financial flows and capacity building.

The text of the agreement requires developed countries to give at least US$100 billion (350 trillion Shillings) every year to developing countries beginning 2020.  But the youths argue that at the current pace, the outcome is unlikely.

"Developed countries are likely to fall short of the pledged US$ 100 billion per year of climate finance support by 2020. We encourage Parties to continue working with the same ambition and commitment that they showed in Paris," Edwin Muhumuza, the leader of the Ugandan youth delegation to the climate change conference says.

He said young people should be engaged in decision making processes, negotiations and climate change planning adding that leaving the youth behind is detrimental to all mitigation efforts.

"In Uganda, young people depend on natural resources. They have no jobs and the only way to survive is to cut down trees for sale, and this causes climate change," he told the press conference.
 
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Agago North MP Prof Morris Ogenga-Latigo, one of Ugandan delegates attending the climate change negotiations welcomes the determination by the youths saying that although their enthusiasm may not change the pace, the implication of understanding how to treat the environment is massive.
 
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The delegation from Uganda comprises civil society organizations, youth, government officials, religious leaders and Members of Parliament.