UNICEF selects 6 Zambian children for Ireland youth summit

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The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has selected six Zambia child climate ambassadors to attend the Ireland’s national youth summit which will take place from 19th to 24th September 2014 in Dublin.

The six ambassadors, who have been picked to join about 150 young people from Ireland and few other countries, will discuss how young people from various countries have turned ideas into action and the future they want to have after 2015.

The national youth summit, which is dubbed ‘It’s About Us’, has been sponsored by the Irish Aid and the Irish National Airline known as Aer Lingus.

The ambassadors have been urged to utilize their opportunity to effect change in the lives of young people who are entangled in a number of challenges that come with their age group.

Irish Ambassador to Zambia Finbar O’brien stated that young people across the globe are faced with a number of challenges that need to be addressed through interaction and knowledge sharing.

Ambassador O’brien noted that the presence of the Zambia delegate at the summit will be important for fellow youths from other countries who he said will be interested to get first-hand information about the Zambian climate.

He disclosed that Zambia and Ireland have many things in common except for the climate which is ever rainy in his country.

And speaking earlier, UNICEF Zambia Country Representative Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim commended the Irish government for the close working relationship that exists between UNICEF and Ireland.

Dr. El-Bashir Ibrahim also praised Ireland for sponsoring Zambian children to attend the summit and urged the boys and girls to get back with lessons to share with fellow Zambians.

Meanwhile, one of the child ambassadors Josephine Pumulo disclosed that UNICEF-Zambia has trained over 950 child ambassadors across the country since inception in 2010.

Pumulo praised UNICEF for the opportunity to expose Zambian youths and pledged to draw lessons from the forthcoming summit in order for them to address climate related issues in Zambia and other challenges facing young people.

The six ambassadors have been drawn from Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Kabwe districts.