Press Release

Young Ambassador Programme Season Two - Climate Action: Climate Diplomacy & Climate Justice

16 January 2024

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Ghada Eltahir on the launch of the Young Ambassador Programme Season two - Climate Action: Climate Diplomacy & Climate Justice

Representive of guest of honor Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs,

(Mr. Mohammad Al Amiri, Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Affairs)


Esteemed Ambassadors, Representatives of the participating Diplomatic Missions, the UN Country Team, Bright young minds “Young Ambassadors” gathered here today, Ladies and Gentlemen…Assalam Alaykom, good evening… 


Following the success of last year pilot programme on Generation Equality, I stand before you with great enthusiasm and a profound sense of purpose as we launch the second season of the Young Ambassador Programme on Climate Action under the theme "Climate Justice & Climate Diplomacy."


This initiative comes with the commitment of H.E. Ambassador. Alia Mwani, Canada Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, and H.E. Ambassador Belinda Lewis, United Kingdom Ambassador to the State of Kuwait and the participating Embassies and UN Agencies.


Climate change knows no borders, Global emissions are at record highs, global temperatures are at record highs.  Heatwaves, storms, floods, droughts, and other climate-related disasters are growing in intensity.  

It demands collective and collaborative efforts that transcend political and geographical boundaries. It is through shared responsibility and efforts that we can craft meaningful solutions to secure a sustainable future for all. 


Dear partners and friends, 

your unwavering support is instrumental in empowering these young ambassadors. Your expertise and resources play a pivotal role in shaping their understanding of climate issues and nurturing their potential to become leaders in climate diplomacy.


Dear Young Ambassadors,

Your innovative ideas, passion, and dedication have won you a seat today and set you as an ambassador of change. As you embark on this journey, remember that you carry the hopes of many who look to your generation for solutions. Embrace the power you hold to influence policies, engage communities, drive the change we so urgently need and hold each other and hold us accountable.


Climate justice is not an abstract concept; it is a call to ensure that the burdens of climate change do not fall solely on the most vulnerable. As a young ambassador, you are advocates for fairness, equity, and the right of every individual to live in a world free from the ravages of climate change.


Finally, let us remember that our efforts today lay the foundation for a sustainable and resilient tomorrow. The Young Ambassador Programme is not just a platform; it is a catalyst for change/progress. Together, let us embark on this journey with renewed determination, mindful of our shared responsibility to safeguard our planet for generations to come.


Shukran, Thank you…


UN entities involved in this initiative

International Organization for Migration
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations Children’s Fund
World Health Organization

Goals we are supporting through this initiative