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UN Adviser Urges Youth To Demand Representation At Discussion Table

The Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change at the United Nations, Selwin Hart, has called on youths In Africa to demand a seat at the table where decisions about their future are being made.

Hart advised a roundtable discussion with young delegates and activists from various African countries on the side of the ongoing COP28 in Dubai.

According to him ”The NDCs are about your future and it cannot be left alone to the governments. So you have to demand a seat at the table when your respective countries begin the 2nd revision of the NDCs.”

He called for a more structured pattern in how young people are engaged, saying the United Nations Secretary-General has a youth advisory council on Climate Change.

“It would be good if through the UN each country could also have a youth advisory council to support their government’s climate action plan, he said.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change also committed to having an annual meeting with African youth and a follow-up meeting to finetune requests made, reassess progress, and contribute in ways possible.


By Furera Mohammed


Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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