October 26, 2010

KENYA NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

KENYA NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
October 28 – 29 2010, Multi Media University, Mbagathi
Climate Change is a global threat that can only be tackled through urgent collective and concerted action. The impacts of climate change in Kenya cannot be underestimated – in 2009, over 3.5 million Kenyans faced severe food shortages as a result of failed rainfall seasons leading to intense drought.
The understanding of and action on climate change among the youth in Kenya is still very low, yet they are important change agents on environmental issues both at community and national levels.
The Office of the Prime Minister in partnership with Norwegian Church Aid, Oxfam and the Kenya Youth Climate Network (KYCN) will host the Third National Youth Conference on Climate Change, on Thursday 28 to Friday 29th October 2010 at the Multi Media University (former Kenya College of Communication Technology - KCCT), Mbagathi, Nairobi.
This is the third National Youth Conference on Climate Change and will bring together more than 120 youth leaders from all over the country and from diverse backgrounds including students, musicians, local youth groups, faith based institutions, environmental organization and others with the aim of sensitizing the youth on a wide range of leadership skills on issues ranging from climate change, entrepreneurship, governance and environmental conservation and sustainability.
KYCN was founded in 2009 in the in the run up to the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and represents youth organizations and networks that work on environment and governance issues from a youth perspective in Kenya, with close partnership in Africa and globally.
The organizations and networks that form KYCN have for the last five years mobilized, trained and supported youth from all over the country to learn and establish initiatives in their communities that tackle climate change, environment and leadership.

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