The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) comment on UK Government opening statement at COP 26
The climate crisis is a child rights crisis and we urge world leaders to put children at the heart of ambitious global action.
Today UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that if COP26 fails, children not yet born would judge sternly those gathered in Glasgow.
This is also true of young people today. Half the world’s children are currently living on the frontline of climate change impact – they are the least responsible for the damage to our world, but the most affected by the threats it brings to their survival.
Over 70 youth activists – members of the UNICEF Delegation to COP26 – are in Glasgow watching and listening closely with clear demands for decisive and urgent action to protect the earth and preserve their futures.
The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) stands alongside youth activists in Glasgow, and around the world, urging world leaders to put today’s children and future generations at the heart of concrete action agreed at COP26. It’s time for words to become action.
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