Macdonald: Engage young people in defining the response to the climate crisis

Young people are a resource for finding solutions to the global climate crisis, it was pointed out at the conference “Youth and Mobility in the Context of Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities”, which is being held today in Sarajevo.

Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ingrid Macdonald, said that it is necessary to work with young people to hear their voice in defining the answer to the climate crisis that the world is facing.

She added that young people are not passive and do not wait for someone to make decisions for them, and that is why the UN strives to include them in the processes that will define their future.

An MP in the BiH Parliamentary Assembly and Chair of the Green Club, Saša Magazinović, said that BiH has an obligation to take the topic of climate change more seriously and initiate all institutions so that dealing with the socioeconomic consequences of these changes would be less painful for the country.

He emphasized that the youth’s awareness of this topic is more developed than that of the older generations, and that is why young people should be introduced to this topic so that in the future they will work better and be much more responsible than many who do not care about it now.

Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yasser Abdelrahman Ali Sorour, stated that climate change is a fact to which we must respond urgently and in which young people have a very important role, which is why it is important that they express their opinion at such events.

The conference is jointly organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in BiH, in cooperation with the embassies of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

The event was held on the occasion of this year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in November and December of this year.