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Green jobs can help tackle climate crisis, say youth at COY18


Mai Ismail and David Lais during the panel discussion.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The 18th edition of the United Nations Youth Conference (COY18) which commenced on Sunday, November 26, at Expo Dubai addressed many critical issues faced by the global community on climate change.

Youths have highlighted the importance of creating green jobs in solving the current global climate crisis and to solve unemployment among young people.

In a panel discussion titled: "Fostering Just Transition: the Importance of Green Jobs for Youths" at the Conference of Youth (COP18) at EXPO City Dubai, Lateefa Al Noami from YOUNGO said green jobs are at the forefront of the transition and they are the pathway to achieve greener economies.

“There is need to include everybody, especially, the affected communities and indigenous people who don’t have access to resources, in creating green jobs to pave the way for them to adjust transition and to put them at the forefront of the climate agenda,” she said.

Abdelrahman Fahmy, managing director of ECO Hubs in Dubai, said the private sector can play a leading role in providing green jobs and green opportunities for young people to bridge the value chain of the energy sector. “This is through providing new business solutions and new energy solutions in the energy sector through entrepreneurship or direct employment for young officers working on the green transition,” he said.

According to the youths, nuclear energy is one of the best ways to decarbonise the energy sector right now worldwide. They said that the nuclear energy is the second largest producer of clean energy and it's also the safest form of energy.

The session, which included six panellists, was designed to shed light on the significance of green jobs in achieving climate equity through the voices of experts and youth.

Trailblazers: The Arab Youth Technology Fellowship Ceremony

COY18UAE featured a session highlighting the Arab Youth Technology Fellowship (AYTF) and its role in cultivating a sustainable future through technology.

Over 60 attendees gathered to explore the technical solutions devised by young participants and the positive impact of the AYTF programme on their knowledge and skills.

The Arab Youth Center (AYC), actively engaged in COY18, is showcasing its Arab Youth Technology Fellowship (AYTF) Programme.

The programme's core objective is to raise awareness among youth about the pivotal role of technology in achieving sustainable development goals, a crucial focus as the UAE gears up to host the forthcoming COP28 conference dedicated to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

A key programme goal is to empower youth with the skills to harness technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in advancing the 2030 Sustainable Development and COP28 objectives.

Mai Ismail, an AYTF alumni, and David Lais, a climate activist and co-founder of Ecolytiq, led a panel discussion during the session.

Lais said: “The session revolved around harnessing technology to construct more sustainable societies. Its focus was on utilising technology for education, making it more accessible and tangible to people. We help people to understand their day-to-day tasks and to demonstrate practical ways of integrating technology into their routines.”

Moreover, Mai Ismail emphasised, "The fellowship programme aims to empower and showcase the capabilities of emerging talent in advanced technology, artificial intelligence applications, and the digital economy."

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