Ac­tivist: Need for Bet­ter SIDS Rep­re­sented in Cli­mate De­ci­sions

His or­gan­i­sa­tion, YOUNGO, serves as the of­fi­cial voice of young peo­ple from around the globe in the cli­mate ne­go­ti­a­tions un­der UN Cli­mate Change.

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There needs to be bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Small Is­land De­vel­op­ment States (SIDS) at an in­ter­na­tional level in global cli­mate de­ci­sion mak­ing. This is a ma­jor ob­jec­tive of Neekhil Prasad, who rep­re­sented Fiji at this year’s 24th Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (COP24). Mr Prasad was rep­re­sent­ing our na­tion through the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change and In­ter­na­tional Youth Cli­mate Move­ment (UNFCCC-YOUNGCO).

“Young peo­ple around the world are ac­tively en­gaged in ef­forts to ad­dress cli­mate change, lead­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a mul­ti­tude of ini­tia­tives at the lo­cal, sub-na­tional, na­tional, and in­ter­na­tional lev­els,” he said.

His or­gan­i­sa­tion, YOUNGO, serves as the of­fi­cial voice of young peo­ple from around the globe in the cli­mate ne­go­ti­a­tions un­der UN Cli­mate Change.

They have been fa­cil­i­tat­ing the en­gage­ment of chil­dren and youth in United Na­tions pro­cesses on cli­mate change for more than a decade now,” said Mr Prasad.

“We would like to re­quest the Of­fice of Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral to call upon mem­ber states to step up cli­mate fi­nance ur­gently and re­plen­ish the fi­nan­cial mech­a­nism such as the Green Cli­mate Fund.

“Coming from a Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing State, our com­mu­ni­ties are head­ing to­wards ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis. “Rep­re­sen­ta­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion of youth is an un­de­ni­able core of what mul­ti­lat­eral pro­cesses should build upon and not nec­es­sar­ily a po­lit­i­cal is­sue.”

In ad­di­tion, he is a fi­nal year stu­dent at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific, where he is do­ing a Bach­e­lor of Science in En­vi­ron­men­tal Science. Mr Prasad is keen on up­grad­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies in Fiji.

“There needs to be a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Talanoa Fa­cil­i­ta­tive Di­a­logue even af­ter COP24,” he said.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist has been heav­ily in­volved in con­ser­va­tion and strength­en­ing of poli­cies and he wants to con­tinue his cli­mate ac­tivism as well.

Mr Prasad is also the Sec­re­tar­ial Of­fi­cial at Project Sur­vival Pa­cific, a youth en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion in Fiji.

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