COP28 Highlights: Empowering Francophone African Youth in Climate Action
Participants stressed the urgency of engaging youth in agriculture, emphasizing initiatives to attract them to the sector and overcome barriers such as funding limitations and complex business launch procedures.
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At COP28, a significant spotlight shone on the vital role of youth-led climate solutions in Francophone regions, with a special focus on amplifying voices from French-speaking Africa. Hosted by the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) and the Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD), a compelling side event aimed to champion the pivotal role of young entrepreneurs in combating climate change.
Dr. Alhamndou Dorsouma, Manager of the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Department, emphasized the transformative potential of youth-led entrepreneurship in fostering climate adaptation across Africa. Notably, the early successes of the YouthADAPT Program under AAAP underscored the essential role of young innovators in driving impactful climate solutions.
The event saw Dr. Oluyede Ajayi of the Global Center on Adaptation highlighting the imperative of collective action to address regional disparities in climate adaptation awareness, particularly between English and French speakers.
Caroline St Hilaire, Administrator of the Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie (OIF), echoed sentiments on the indispensable role of youth in shaping the future. She outlined OIF’s commitment to empowering over 1200 young people in climate-related businesses, emphasizing tailored partnerships to meet the needs of Francophone youth.
The panel discussion featured insights from diverse stakeholders, shedding light on both opportunities and challenges in empowering young entrepreneurs and women in French-speaking countries to take decisive climate action. Participants stressed the urgency of engaging youth in agriculture, emphasizing initiatives to attract them to the sector and overcome barriers such as funding limitations and complex business launch procedures.
Panelists unanimously called for enhanced collaboration and support mechanisms for Francophone-based entrepreneurs, highlighting the need for increased awareness, funding, and streamlined processes to drive impactful climate adaptation initiatives in French-speaking Africa.
The event underscored the imperative of collective action and collaboration in empowering young innovators to drive transformative climate solutions, marking a significant step towards a more sustainable and resilient future for Francophone Africa.
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