African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)
Press Statement at the 1st Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-1) Conference, 17th to 19th October 2011,
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The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) is represented at the 1st Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-1) Conference by young climate activists, professionals and researchers from the six regions of Africa including Central, Eastern, Southern, Northern and Western Africa.
As African youth form the bulk of the continent’s population; We therefore applaud the initiative of UNECA, AUC, ClimDev and the AfDB for organizing this conference and for facilitating our active participation. The initiative is indeed imperative in leading
Today, We seek a new way; a new path that shows our humanness which is measured by real prosperity for all and not the size of our economies. We stand in solidarity with our continent to demand a new way and we urge our leaders to honestly and earnestly lead us through this year’s COP process.
We ask that you join us in demanding that our world leaders meeting in
1. Commit to a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty and to a second commitment period for the
2. Set clear short and long term targets for carbon emission reductions that keep average global temperature increases well below 1.5degrees centigrade, and to support solutions that contribute to healing the earth; and
3. Ensure there is adequate finance for adaptation in
We firmly believe that
We therefore call for an urgent strengthening of governance structures in
Today we talk of the ‘Green economy’ in Africa in hushed tones, as if at crossroads on which way to go, but we can define this in our own terms and define our own paths; paths that will lead us on a development path yes, but a more sustainable one!
Towards COP 17 mobilization, over 150 of us will travel to Durban in an African Youth Climate Justice Caravan from
Join us. Support us. Help us get the 1 million signatures for Climate Justice. Help us amplify the voice of the African child and youth, the voice of the people in our communities who are suffering as a result of the impact of climate change. Have Faith – and - ACT NOW to save this generation and generations to come!
We the youth, representing the 38 Chapters of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change gather here today as champions of climate change solutions, seeking ways to address the climate change crises. ‘We Have Faith’ in our ability to bring about this change. ‘We have faith’ in your ability to create for us this new path. You must ACT now!
For us, it is ‘Development First, our Present and Future Before!’ Support us to protect our present and prepare the future for the next generation.’
AYICC representatives at the CCDA-1
1. Ezilon Kasoka (Southern Africa Coordinator -
4. Dr. Fouad Bergigui (Northern Africa Coordinator -
Our Online petition ‘’ We Have Faith’’: www.wehavefaithactnow.org
AYICC Website: www.ayicc.net
Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/we.have.faith
Continental Coordinator: Sylvia Wachira - email@example.comContinental Co-Coordinator: Ibrahim Ceesay - firstname.lastname@example.org