Abu Dhabi: The Arab Youth Council on Climate Change (AYCCC), an initiative of the Arab Youth Centre has partnered with one of the largest banking and financial services institutions in the world HSBC to introduce “Sustainability Education” Initiative.
The educational initiative which will be carried out in cooperation with the AYCCC’s official knowledge partner, the Posterity Institute, will train higher education students in the Arab world on climate action, build their capacities, and develop their skills in the sectors of sustainability and innovative climate solutions.
As part of the association, AYCCC and HSBC will cooperate to implement an interactive curriculum project available to all students of universities, colleges and higher institutes in the Arab world to have direct access, based on the open-source principle, to various educational, awareness and training materials on the causes of climate change, and mechanisms for creating qualitative solutions to confront it and advance sustainability goals set by the United Nations and the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 and the COP26 climate summit in the United Kingdom in 2021.
The AYC Vice President further added that, “In October 2021, the UAE announced its national strategy to achieve Net Zero by 2050, same as many countries in the region. Therefore, cooperation with regional and international institutions and the conclusion of strategic partnerships with those keen to support the work of young people in the public and private sectors through effective and purposeful initiatives that accelerate climate action and involve young people in developing its mechanisms and solutions is the best path to achieve these ambitious goals to protect the future of the planet, its environment and its biodiversity.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Saeed Al Nazari, Director-General of the Federal Youth Authority and the Chief Strategy Officer at the Arab Youth Centre observed that, “The Arab Youth Council for Climate Change (AYCCC) was established to help Arab countries realize their goals in addressing climate change while providing Arab youth with the skills necessary to accelerate that process. The AYCCC includes leaders from the public and private sectors. Through AYC, it will continually expand its cooperation with regional and global institutions that target empowering Arab youth in climate action.”
Mr. Al Nazari explained that, “The Sustainability Education project -which will build Arab youth capacities in climate action through a cooperation agreement with HSBC and the Posterity Institute- constitutes a model for environmental education and training programs.”
The Sustainability Education program aims to build Arab youth capacities by including sustainability skills in academic courses.
HSBC sponsors the program that provides open-source sustainability skills, ideas and solutions to all university and college students in the MENA region.