The Gambia's minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu K Jammeh, has said that Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) organized Conference will create space for a youth consultation in the run up to COP2, NaijaAgroNet reports.
COP21, a United Nations’ Conference, NaijaAgroNet reports, is a sustainable innovation forum 2015 to be held on December 7 and 8 in Paris, France to brainstorm on issues arising from climate change.
Jammeh was addressing the 1st Africa Youth Conference on Climate Change held in Zimbabwe, Monday, on the theme: 'African youth responses to climate change and food security, action from the frontlines'.
"We all know that Africa, our continent, is the world's youngest continent with two-thirds of the population falling below 24 years old and increasing; in fact expected to double by 2045. There is huge potential in these numbers because with big numbers, as proven in certain dynamics, they can propel economic success," he stated.
He told the gathering that it is the people of Africa that will have to take the lead in shaping the future that they desire for themselves and generations unborn so that Africa can become the giant that it should be; a giant of economic prosperity, socio-cultural advancement, and political tolerance, all within an ecosystem that guarantees their continuous existence on earth in harmony with nature, NaijaAgroNet learnt.
"In addition, the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report states that Africa could face a triple whammy of extreme weather, crop failures and disease if temperatures rise are unchecked."
"As the theme for this conference aptly links food security with climate change, we are called upon to look at agriculture again and ensure that agriculture, being the biggest economic sector of most of our countries, is revitalised and made attractive to our teeming youthful population. By getting agriculture fixed and functioning well, two issues of employment creation and improving food security for our people would have been addressed automatically," the minister opined.
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