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Empowering girls and women to take climate action, children’s rights, an intergenerational inquiry, and a youth video competition on climate change - these were just some of the highlights of Young and Future Generations Day on 3 December at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

This year’s focus was on mobilization, hopes and ambitions but also on concrete action young people can take with the right guidance, skills and knowledge.

UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi and UNFCCC head Christiana Figueres with kids

In Paris, children presented the outcomes of the "ZOOM" campaign to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. As part of the campaign, European children count each journey they make on foot, bike or bus, and then present their efforts to the UN.

Christiana Figueres receiving more than 2 million "green footprints"

At the intergenerational inquiry, Ms. Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said there was “amazing transformation taking place” towards low-carbon life styles and that she counted on youth to speed it up.

Participants discussed a wide range of conference topics and actions from grassroots activism to lobbying and working with audiovisual media.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez from Earth Guardian shared the “InSpire” movie, a story of hope, encouraging native people to become good stewards of the earth.

Read more about UNFCCC's Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), and see the video summing up the event:

 

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