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Our Top COP23 Orators Chat With UN’s Clipper Yacht Race Crew

The top six students who took part in the oratory competition on climate change for COP23 participated in the climate action forum on Friday. The forum was held at Jai
21 Jan 2018 11:24
Our Top COP23 Orators Chat With UN’s Clipper Yacht Race Crew
Students wave to the UNICEF Clipper Yacht crew members while speaking with them over a video conference on January 19, 2018 Photo: Ashna Kumar

The top six students who took part in the oratory competition on climate change for COP23 participated in the climate action forum on Friday.

The forum was held at Jai Narayan College in Suva where the six students – Timoci Naulusala from Naivicula Primary School in Tailevu, Shalvi Shakshi from Nasarawaqa Primary School in Labasa, Jope Kingdom from Marist Brothers High School, Kevin Moceacagi from Queen Victoria School in Tailevu, Shammah Prasad from Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial College in Nadi and Shevik Shandil from Jai Narayan College in Suva – joined a video conference call with United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Clipper Yacht Race crew.

The yacht crew have sailed from the United Kingdom to Australia to bring attention to climate change and other issues affecting
children.

They have sailed almost 20,000 nautical miles from Liverpool (UK) to the Whitsundays (Australia) and are bringing attention to children’s rights issues such as climate change, gender equality, birth registration, quality education, adequate nutrition, access to clean water and proper sanitation that children face around the world.

Crew member, Alison Ryan told the children of Fiji: “You shouldn’t underestimate the power of young people like you. You can make changes. Keep doing what you’re doing and speaking out.”

The children spoke about how climate change had made an impact on their lives, their families and communities, while sharing messages of hope and resilience.

UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett said: “UNICEF is proud of the children today who participated in the forum to showcase Fiji’s work on climate action and disaster resilience in schools.

“Not only is this an opportunity for the children to educate others on the important actions UNICEF and the Fijian Government are taking to address climate change, it’s an opportunity for the crew to learn more about the Pacific countries, and issues affecting the children living here, as they sail past in the final leg of their journey to China to raise funds to improve the lives of children around the world.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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