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UN Climate Change Conference for kids held
By a staff reporter September 02, 2014
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DUBAI: The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also known as the COP, was enacted in Dubai by a group of environmentally motivated students in Dubai on Aug 31.

The COP in MyCity – Lima in Dubai – was a huge success, with students from 11 schools attending it, the organising student head Kehkashan Basu said.

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change is being held this year in Lima, Peru, this year. The Dubai event was a run off to the event.

Kehkashan Basu, a Grade 9 student of Deira International School, Dubai is also the Global Coordinator for Children and Youth, UNEP MGFC, Youth Ambassador World Future Council, Volunteer - World Youth Foundation, Founder President Green Hope UAE and A World at School Global Youth Ambassador.

She said: “Climate change and its adverse effects are now at the forefront of the global environmental agenda. Global warming is melting ice caps, destabilising weather patterns, raising sea levels, causing forest fires and, as a cumulative effect, creating a situation wherein we stand at risk of destabilising the fine balance of life on our planet. The COP20 summit to be held in Lima will once again seek to negotiate and cap the level of GHG emissions.”

Since the world civil society is at the receiving end of the global warming syndrome, it is imperative for them to influence the negotiations positively. “The youth constituency, who are termed as the Future Generations, are at greatest risk of inheriting a ‘hotter’ planet with limited natural resources due to the continuing climate change scenario. Thus it is very important for the children and youth to be an active part of the dialogue process on mitigating climate change,” she said.

This is the background behind the global movement called “COP in MyCity” designed by a French organisation CliMates. They partner with youth organisations from different cities across the world to organise its own mobilisation in order to bridge the gap between the city and the climate change conference in Lima.

Green Hope UAE has been chosen by CliMates to be their partner to hold the “COP in MyCity” in Dubai — titled “Lima in Dubai”. The awareness and capacity building conference was held on Aug 30 at The Cribb in Al Quoz Dubai.

The event was full to capacity with 60 students from 11 schools in Dubai and Sharjah attending the 5-hour event.

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