For the past few months, some WYPW francophone members have been participating in the COP21 : La jeunesse francophone pour l’eau project, a WYPW collaboration with Global water partnership (GWP) and Offices Franco-Quebecois de la jeunesse (OFQJ). During national evaluation activities, held in 10 different countries from Haiti to Burkina Faso to Canada’s francophone province of Quebec, participants evaluated the role of youth in water management and food security, with consideration of the impacts of climate change. The national evaluations allowed to gather information of actual benefits and problems of water management. The reports highlights the importance of youth involvement, crucial to change daily habits and raise awareness on actual and future issues. The recommendation of the francophone youth will be compiled into a white book, presented to the world leaders at the COP21 in Paris, in December 2015.
In September, the last step before Paris has been accomplished in Montreal and Quebec city, where actors of the project reunited and put their work together. One of the outcome of their analysis are the four following themes :
- Public health
- Agriculture and food safety
- Water resources sharing
- Adaptation and resilience
One of the members, Bintou Traore from Mali, launched a big visibility campaign to promote and advocate youth participation in the fight against climates changes. Youth all around the world is Standing up and saying No to climate changes. Take part of it and join us raising our voices, using #COP21 #YouthVsClimateChange #SaveEarth !
Read more about the whole project at l’OFQJ’s newspage (French)