WMO in Student Model United Nations
WMO participated in a Model UN conference: Engaging Youth on Climate Issues, organized by the Ferney Lycée International (France), the International Telecommunications Union and hosted by the United Nations in Geneva on 8 January.
Model UN is a global UN programme for senior high school students that gives young people the chance to organize and participate in a simulated UN conference. Students choose a theme, research the topic, elect senior conference officials from among their number, organize their 3-day work programme, and agree on key resolutions. The title of the event reflects the theme of this year’s World Meteorological Day: “Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth.”
“This theme could not be more appropriate and timely,” said a statement from WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud delivered to 600 students from schools across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
“Last September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), created by WMO and UNEP, released the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report. The results of the report are unequivocal and based on multiple evidences: the temperature of the atmosphere and of the ocean continues to increase, ice caps and glaciers around the world steadily decline, the global mean sea level is rising, and human influence on the climate system is clear,” said the statement which was delivered by Director of Cabinet and External Relations, Christian Blondin.
“The youth of the world can do much to advance climate action. This is not just about CO2 emissions; it is about people, about the values we share and what we are ready to do to realize them,” he said.
“The impacts of climate change are being felt, and will continue to be so, more directly by the youth of developing countries, particularly where communities depend for their jobs and livelihoods on agriculture, forestry, fisheries. However, climate change can also generate new opportunities, like the opening of green jobs across sectors like energy supply, recycling, transportation.”
“We bear a responsibility not only towards ourselves but also to the next generations, to our children and grand children. You were all born at the end of the twentieth century and most of you will live to see the second half of this century and one of the climate scenarios presented by IPCC. Which scenario will become our future is a matter of the choices we are making in the present,” the statement said.