UNICEF-Zambia gets kudos from Ireland counterpart

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UNICEF-Zambia gets kudos from Ireland counterpart

Lusaka, September 19, 2014, ZANIS – UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power has congratulated Zambian climate ambassadors for inspiring children and the youth to participate in finding solutions to environmental challenges facing the country.

Speaking when he met six UNICEF Zambia climate ambassadors at his office in Dublin in Ireland, Mr. Power said Zambian climate ambassadors were an example to other young people.

He said the ambassadors were invited to attend the national youth summit in Dublin so that they can share their experiences and inspire the youth in Ireland to look at climate change and environmental issues as priorities.

This is according to the statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka by UNICEF Zambia Communications Officer Mark Maseko.

"When we thought about inviting young people to the summit, we thought of youth from a country that we have a good relationship with and also those who have turned ideas into action like the climate ambassadors have done," said Mr. Power.

And UNICEF Zambia Communication Officer Mark Maseko, who is co-leading the delegation with Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia national director Patrick Shawa, expressed gratitude to UNICEF Ireland for supporting child climate ambassador training in Zambia.

"As UNICEF Zambia, we are grateful to the UNICEF national committee of Ireland and your partner Aer Lingus for contributing to training climate ambassadors in Zambia. We look forward to continued partnership so that we can give a voice to Zambian children and youth to advocate climate change issues and HIV prevention," Mr. Maseko said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Shawa said his organization had partnered with UNICEF Zambia to help coordinate climate ambassadors in all 10 provinces of Zambia.

And one of the Zambian climate ambassadors, Kapwani Kavenuke aged 17, said the delegation was looking forward to today’s summit with optimism.

The ambassadors are in Ireland to attend UNICEF Ireland’s, ‘It’s About Us’ national youth summit, which will look at the post 2015 development agenda.