~Written by YOUNGO and delivered today by Graham Reeder at the opening plenary of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation.
Thank you chair. My name is Graham and I am 21 years old. We would like to take this opportunity to address three pertinent issues on the SBI agenda.
First, with regards to Article 6, we believe that education for sustainable development is crucial to build capacity amongst different stakeholders to harness solutions and build agency at a sub-national level.
If governments are serious about making progress, then young people will need to be educated, aware, and become active participants in climate change decisions. You need us to be.
We do not need an empty work programme: the new programme on Article 6 must increase access to funding for Article 6 projects- especially non-formal education run by and for youth.
We therefore believe that a permanent programme should be established which must have robust time-bound performance indicators, well-supported national focal points and promote collaboration with stakeholders at all levels. This new programme will be pivotal in ensuring that the implementation of Article 6 can be further enhanced and sustained on a long-term basis.
Second, we welcome the first meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity Building, and very much look forward to sharing our ideas and experiences of this vital topic. We hope that this renewed focus will highlight the importance and urgency of robust action on Capacity Building to address barriers to climate action. An institutionalized forum is a good first step, but more equitable action is needed urgently to actively and continually involve all stakeholders.
Last, a work programme on loss and damage can only be successful if it is operational and implemented. Vulnerable countries are experiencing the impacts of climate change now and cannot afford hesitation on the part of the international community. Research and expertise exist, the SBI’s role must be to consider how to consolidate information and utilize it to implement best practices, and not to repeat research and stall progress.
We have a lot to do. Let’s approach the coming two weeks with renewed energy and a willingness to cooporate in a spirit of trust.