—-A six-member Zambian youth delegation has arrived in Dublin, Ireland to attend UNICEF Ireland’s National Youth Summit which opens this Friday.
The UNICEF Zambia climate ambassadors, who arrived last aboard an Emirates Airline, were met on arrival at Dublin International Airport by UNICEF Ireland’s Advocacy Manager Nikita White.
The group is today scheduled to attend meetings at the UNICEF Ireland office and later visit Ballyogan Recycling Park which is located in Dublin’s industrial area.
The recycling park, which buys waste materials such as bottles, metal, cardboard and textiles from the public for recycling, is run by the Dublin City Council and the Zambian team is interested in learning about recycling to complement current recycling activities by UNICEF climate ambassadors in Zambia.
Ireen Ng’andu, 18, a Climate Ambassador and Youth Facilitator from Livingstone in Zambia who is in the team of Zambians in that country, hopes to learn different recycling techniques in developed countries such as Ireland.
“It has always been my dream to see how different kinds of waste can be recycled. It is a privilege for me to learn and take the knowledge to Zambia,” she remarked.
The team will have other activities during the week ahead of the National Youth Summit which will take place at the Dublin Castle where they will make a presentation on Unite4climate Zambia activities, participate in roundtable discussions and discuss the post 2015 development agenda.
Young people in Ireland have since 2013 carried out consultations on the future they want after 2015.
The Dublin Summit will bring together over 150 young people, mostly from Ireland.
The summit, dubbed ‘It’s About Us’ has been sponsored by Irish Aid and travel for the Zambian delegation by UNICEF Ireland’s largest corporate partner, Aer Lingus (Irish national airline).
UNICEF Zambia Communication Officer, Mark Maseko, who has accompanied the youth together with the National Director for the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia, Patrick Shawa, confirmed to ZANIS in Lusaka today on the arrival and schedule of the climate ambassador in Ireland.