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July 24, 2020 - Driving Sustainable Recovery

The second webinar with the participation of Undp, European Commission and youth people engaged for renewable energies, sustainable mobility and biodiversità

On July 24 2020, at 4 pm (Italian time), the second webinar of the "Youth4Climate Live Series: Driving Momentum Towards Pre-COP and COP26" was held entitled "Driving Sustainable Recovery".

The “virtual” meeting, the second in a series approaching COP26 in November 2021 (Glasgow) and the special event "Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition", to be held in Milan from 28 to 30 September the same year, has seen the participation of the Vice President of the European Commission, Franz Timmermans, and of the UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner, who discussed with young people from various parts of the world how United Nations and European Union policies intend to respond to the challenges of climate change and post-pandemic recovery.

Among the young participants: Jhannel Tomlinson, founder of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network/Young People for Action on Climate Change, Jamaica; Seble Samuel, founder of the Menged Le Sew, Ethiopia's Open Streets Movement, Ethiopia, and Axell Cooper Sutton Atonio, coordinator of the Climate Change Program of the Jalisco Ecologic Collective, Mexico.

The video messages by the Italian Minister of the Environment, Sergio Costa, and by the Minister of the Environment of Chile, Carolina Schmidt, president of the COP25, have been broadcasted. Ms Schmidt has made an appeal to the young people of Latin America for their participaton to the preparation of the Pre-COP26 and COP26, and presented the progress of her country in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Fabrizia Lapecorella, Director General of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, has illustrated the measures taken by Italy for the economic recovery.

The discussion was coordinated again by Salina Abraham, outgoing President of the International Forestry Students' Association, and Ahmed Badr, writer, founder of Narratio and a former Iraqi refugee.

 

July 24, 2020
Driving Sustainable Recovery

  Virtual event (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG20_RyOqVU

 Time: 16:00 CEST - 10:00 EDT

 Type:  open

 Format: discussion, italian translation available

 Description

The webinar aimed  to highlight experiences, collect ideas, and acknowledge the concerns young people, especially as they relate to aligning a sustainable recovery with climate action (including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience, and enhancing nature-based solutions).

Driving Sustainable Recovery was built on a June 5 World Environment Day event on a similar theme, hosted by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy and other partners. During this June 5 event, youth from around the world shared with UN Member States their priorities for a green recovery. Driving Sustainable Recovery has been an opportunity to reflect on these priorities before discussing the integration of youth priorities into NDCs and other climate-related plans. The webinar has been also designed to give continuity to the event, organised by Ireland and the Marshall Islands, on the role of young people in the post-pandemic socio-economic recovery strategy. In this regard, the moderators illustrated the messages contained in the report, which is the result of this event.

The webinar was attended by the First Vice President of the European Commission, Franz Timmermans, and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Achim Steiner. Pre-recorded video messages from Environment Minister Sergio Costa (Italy) and the Environment Minister of Chile, Carolina Schmidt, COP25 President, have been released and Fabrizia Lapecorella, Director General of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, spoke.

Youth speakers were asked to address one of the following areas:

• use of renewable energy sources;
• sustainable mobility;
• protecting local ecosystems and biodiversità.

By highlighting one or more of the following aspects:

• lessons learned: how the chosen area has been affected by external shocks, like COVID-19, but also natural disasters and climate change
    impacts;
• new proposals: how the topic can be better addressed in their Country’s NDCs and reflected in the stimulus package for a better recovery;
• youth mobilisation: how young people are mobilising and connecting to promote actions in one or all the sectors.
 

 Documents: Concept note

ITEM AND SPEAKERS

Moderators

Salina Abraham
Outgoing President of the International Forestry Students’ Association and former coordinator of the Youth in Landscapes Initiative.

Ahmed Badr
Writer, multi-media artist, social entrepreneur, the Founder of Narratio and a former Iraqi refugee working at the intersection of creativity, displacement, and youth empowerment.

High-Level Speakers

Franz Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission.
Timmermans presented the key elements of the recently launched EU Recovery Fund to ensure that the European upcoming recovery is sustainable, inclusive, and fair and emphasized its relevance for the next generation.

Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Administrator Steiner highlighted his agency’s commitment to supporting at least 100 countries in enhancing their NDCs by 2020 and discussed the opportunities that recovery packages offer to accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement.

High-level pre-recorded video messages

Sergio Costa, Minister for Environment, Land and sea (Italy).
Video greetings.

Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar, COP25 President and Minister of Environment of Chile.
The Minister presented her country's NDC to raise awareness of the participation of Latin American youth.

Presentations

Fabrizia Lapecorella, Director General of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The Director introduced the measures taken by Italy for economic recovery. 

Youth Speakers

Jhannel Tomlinson
Founder of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network/Young People for Action on Climate Change, Jamaica.

Seble Samuel
Founder and organizer of Menged Le Sew, Ethiopia's Open Streets Movement, Ethiopia.

Axell Cooper Sutton Antonio
Coordinator of the Climate Change Program of the Jalisco Ecologic Collective and international representative in multiple energy transition events representing Mexico and the University of Guadalajara.