United States: The COP28 Presidency has conducted a Youth Ambition Majlis on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UAE Consulate in New York. The Majlis aims to engage and empower youth participation as well as offer young people a platform to share their ideas, ambitions, and aspirations.
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President-Designate, and Ms. Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of Community Development and the Youth Climate Champion for COP28, attended the Majlis and interacted with more than 30 youth representatives from around the world.
The event was also attended by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Alliances for Global Sustainability. The Majlis is aligned with one of the key pillars of COP28, mobilizing for full inclusivity, and is designed to help empower youth climate action and connect youth groups with the COP process.
During the Majlis, Dr. Al Jaber noted that the creativity, ideas, passion, and determination of young people will be critical towards ensuring that COP28 achieves ambitious outcomes that benefit future generations.
Mr. Al Mazrui addressed questions raised by youth regarding their participation at COP28. The Minister commented that “for the first time in the history of COPs, we will have a dedicated day for youth, children, education, and skills, in addition to a designated youth space in both the green and blue zones. At COP28, we are disrupting the status quo, delivering on commitments, and introducing new solutions and innovations by tapping into the unlimited potential of youth.”