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Activist: Need For Better SIDS Represented In Climate Decisions

There needs to be better representation of Small Is­land Development States (SIDS) at an international level in global climate decision making. This is a major objective of Neekhil Prasad, who
08 Dec 2018 10:20
Activist: Need For Better SIDS Represented In Climate Decisions
YOUNGCO rep Neekhil Prasad (left), with UN General Secretary António Guterres (middle) at the Youth Session at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, on December 4, 2018

There needs to be better representation of Small Is­land Development States (SIDS) at an international level in global climate decision making.

This is a major objective of Neekhil Prasad, who repre­sented Fiji at this year’s 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). Mr Prasad was representing our nation through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and International Youth Climate Move­ment (UNFCCC-YOUNGCO).

“Young people around the world are actively engaged in efforts to address climate change, leading and participat­ing in a multitude of initiatives at the local, sub-national, national, and international levels,” he said.

His organisation, YOUNGO, serves as the official voice of young people from around the globe in the climate negotia­tions under UN Climate Change.

They have been facilitating the engagement of children and youth in United Nations processes on climate change for more than a decade now,” said Mr Prasad.

“We would like to request the Office of Secretary-General to call upon member states to step up climate finance ur­gently and replenish the financial mechanism such as the Green Climate Fund.

“Coming from a Small Island Developing State, our com­munities are heading towards existential crisis.

“Representation and participation of youth is an undeni­able core of what multilateral processes should build upon and not necessarily a political issue.”

In addition, he is a final year student at the University of the South Pacific, where he is doing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Mr Prasad is keen on upgrad­ing the environmental policies in Fiji.

“There needs to be a continuation of the Talanoa Facilita­tive Dialogue even after COP24,” he said.

The environmental activist has been heavily involved in conservation and strengthening of policies and he wants to continue his climate activism as well.

Mr Prasad is also the Secretarial Official at Project Sur­vival Pacific, a youth environmental organisation in Fiji.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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