Francis Kamau was recently accepted to attend the first ever UN Youth Climate Summit in New York City on Saturday, September 21. He will speak at the UN General Assembly, Youth Climate Action Summit to give spotlight on actionable plans toward curbing Climate Change problems.
Young leaders from around the world are convening on Saturday, September 21 to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time.
First Ever UN Youth Climate Summit to happen in New York:
The historic event will be a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time. It will be the largest gathering of young climate leaders at the UN in history.
Over 7,000 young people between the ages of 18 to 29 applied to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit. Francis was one of the only 100 young people from around the world given a prestigious UN sponsorship, or a “Green Ticket” to attend the Summit after demonstrating their commitment to addressing the climate crisis and displaying leadership in advancing solutions.
Program and Structure of the UN Youth Climate Summit:
The UN Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together leadership of the United Nations and Member States, young leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge.
It will be action oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
Youth Leading the Way on Climate Action:
“Youth are showing us the way on climate action,” said Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba.
He continued to say, “I am eager for young climate leaders from all over the world to take their rightful place on the global stage and participate in this historic moment.”
I am eager for young climate leaders from all over the world to take their rightful place on the global stage and participate in this historic moment.Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba
Somali Youth Activist Pleads for Climate Action:
“You’ve Made a Wager of Our Future”: Somali Youth Activist Pleads to U.N. Summit for Climate Action
Somali youth climate activist Marian Osman addressed the main plenary at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. “There’s a Somali proverb that goes: a mere finger can’t obscure the sun,” Osman said.
“You cannot hide the truth by deception; as any one of the thousands whom are in need in Somalia and the Philippines this week could tell you, no amount of political stalling can hide the fact that a climate crisis is here.”
Earlier this month, a deadly cyclone slammed the Puntland region of Somalia, wreaking havoc on an already vulnerable population.
‘Act Now’ in Climate Change Issues:
Francis got triggered to take “Act Now” in Climate Change issues in the year 2013 in his A level.
“I felt responsible and accountable when at one time in my second year of study I saw a whole school roof being swept mercilessly by a mere blowing wind as a result of improper forestry practices. Consequently, I got devastated to see learners suffer.” Says Francis.
He joined clubs and actively participated in activities that advocated for Climate Action during his stay in the University. It is at this time when the idea of Agrieal Africa came into his mind.
About Francis Kamau:
The young champion who hails from Murang’a County, Gatanga Sub-county is a graduate with a BSc. Agriculture from Egerton University-Njoro and a certificate in Agroforestry from Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).
Kamau pulls knowledge and skill set from his vast experience to deliver and see Kenya achieve in the line of the president’s big 4 agenda. As a result, he is a passionate Agribusiness Consultant, Strategist and an Ambitious Environmental activist at Agrieal Africa, who stands for nothing less but the very best. He is an award winner and alumnus of Tony Elumelu Foundation.
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA):
The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, the only one in which all member nations have equal representation, and the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the UN.
Francis Kamau will clinch on the globally most coveted stage, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Climate Action events and meaningfully contribute to solutions of Climate Change that is the defining issue of our time. He would be glad to know your views and actionable plans toward Climate Action.
National Youth Climate Action Convention:
During the National Youth Climate Action Convention and Pre-Climate Action Summit held at Safari park Hotel Nairobi, he committed to represent the voice of Kenyans in building resilience and adaptation while leaving no one behind.
His vision and mission is succinctly outstanding to engage profitable and sustainable eco-inclusive enterprises that offers significant solutions to climate change, sustainability and stop temperatures from rising by well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and as close as possible to 1.5C.
“Climate Change has resulted to unreliable rainfall patterns in Kenya.” Said Francis. “I can’t wait to meet with fellow environmental activists from all walks of life to learn and replicate the brilliant ideas in Kenya toward the support of the president’s Big 4 Agenda.”
About the Youth Climate Summit:
The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.
This historic event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23.
The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge. It will be action oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
On Aug. 20, the UN announced that it is providing “green tickets”—journeys designed to be as low-carbon as possible, according to a spokesperson—to bring a gender-balanced group of 100 young people from 100 countries to the Youth Climate Summit.
Ninety-nine of them are under the age of 30. The group includes a renewable-energy entrepreneur from Rwanda, a plastics activist from Serbia, a founder of an environmental NGO from El Salvador, and many of the lead organizers of the international School Strikes for Climate launched by Thunberg.