A group of young UNICEF UK campaigners will today meet government minister Edward Davey and ask him to speak up for children at the UN climate change talks in Doha next week.
The fourteen young people aged between 11 and 18 from two South London schools will meet the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in parliament for a brief Q&A. They will use the opportunity to highlight the fact that globally children are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and they will ask Mr Davey to ensure that the UK government commits its fair share of new money to the Green Climate Fund. The young people will also hand in petition of over 8,000 signatures and supporter messages, as a culmination of UNICEF’s ‘Speak up for Children campaign’.
Stella Rousham, aged 12 from Chestnut Grove Academy said:
“I think that the Green Climate Fund is a really good idea and that Ed Davey should definitely support it. I was very excited when Chestnut Grove got chosen to go to parliament and was very eager to go.”
Perla Bronzi, a 19 year-old student from Bethnal Green and a UNICEF UK Children’s Champion, said today:
“Climate change is happening and serious measures must be taken now to combat its effects. Despite the fact that they are not responsible for causing climate change, children are most vulnerable to its effects such as floods and droughts. They therefore need to be prioritised and we hope that Mr Davey will do his utmost to ensure that the needs of the world’s children are not forgotten in Doha.”
Edward Davey MP, said today
"I also want to see progress at Doha on achieving the global deal that all countries agreed to work towards in Durban last year. For the first time all countries agreed to sign up to a legally-binding deal to be adopted by 2015, and at Doha we need to agree a plan for these crucial negotiations."
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7pm – Children will meet with Mr Davey in the Great Hall, Palace of Westminster.
The young people are from Croydon College and Chestnut Grove Academy, Wandsworth.
The UN Climate Change Conference (Conference of the Parties – COP18) takes place in Qatar from 26 November to 7 December.
The Green Climate Fund is an international fund established to raise $100 billion from developed countries by 2020 to both help the most vulnerable countries adapt to climate change and move towards a less carbon-intensive economy.
In a letter in today’s Daily Telegraph UNICEF UK’s president, executive director and three vice presidents have called on the Government to “ensure that the fund is operational in 2013, pay its fair share to the fund and use the Doha talks to push other countries to pledge contributions.”
For more information, please contact Stefan Simanowitz in the UNICEF Press Office on +44 (0)207 375 6030 or +44 (0)7799 650791
For more details about UNICEF’s Speak Up campaign visitwww.unicef.org.uk/speakup
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