On Tuesday 8 November, UNICEF UK gave 19 young people the chance to participate in a youth question time on climate change at the  Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) just weeks before the COP 17 Climate Summit in Durban.

As part of the youth audience, young people from UNICEF UK put their questions about the UK government's action on climate change to a panel including Foreign Secretary William Hague and Climate Secretary Chris Huhne. 

Huhne welcomed the opportunity to engage with young people, saying: "It's hugely important that young people's voices on climate change are heard".

Jazmin Burgess, UNICEF UK's policy officer on climate change applauded this recognition of the important role young people have in the climate change debate.  "The upcoming climate negotiations in Durban will work to negotiate a deal for today's children and future generations – it is important that their voices are heard now," she said.

"Young people will be among those most affected by climate change," added young campaigner Alice Jennings. "It was great to see so many of them get the chance to debate it with the panel."

The event was organised by the FCO, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the British Council.

 
Young UNICEF UK supporters at the youth question time on climate change at the Foreign Office.   © DECC
Young UNICEF UK supporters at the youth question time on climate change at the Foreign Office. © DECC

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