The youth are a very important stakeholder when it comes to taking action against the impacts and causes of climate change. An occassion of awareness-raising and advocacy on climate change among the youth took place on 30-31 October, 2015 at the Habitat Research and Development Centre (HRDC) in Katutura in Windhoek. The 'Namibian Youth Conference on Climate Change' was organised by the Young Achivers from the National Youth Council (NYC) held an important national Conference with youth from all over Namibia, in partnership with Global Green Grant Fund (GGGF), Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) through the Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN).
The 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held from the 30th of November 2015 to the 11th of December 2015. COP21’s main aim is to reach a universal, legally binding agreement that would enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economists. This Conference created momentum and awareness among the Namibian youth on COP21, the importance of international climate negotiations and saw different youths from different regions coming together to network and combat this dynamic topic. The Conference also created a platform for the youth to be included and to be heard as the immediate leaders of the country on an issue that impacts many sectors in the natural resource dependent economy of Namibia.
The conference involved different activities, starting from the opening ceremony, plenary sessions, group discussions, youth project presentations, a COP21 negotiation simulation and presentations on thematic topics. The Conference also included exhibition stands where individuals and organisations exhibited different climate change related products, projects and publications, including climate-resilent breeds of chickens, solar lamps and community-based climate change adaptation toolkits.