For the first time ever, children and youth who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change have an official space at a UN climate change conference.
Community leader, climate activist and plastic surgery resident Dr. Omnia El Omrani is the first-ever Youth Envoy at COP27. Omrani is promoting the Conference’s inclusion of young people and youth organisations from across the world.
In a conversation with LetMeBreathe, Omrani, talks about how she’s creating a meaningful engagement with these young people on sustainable lifestyles and climate solutions.
“I cannot promote the health of my community without thinking about the environment that sustains us. My role is to facilitate meaningful and sustainable engagement of young people,” she says.
Omrani further says, “First time we have our own youth-led independent space. It is important to emphasise that it is also for children; for them to voice their opinions.”
Omrani believes that it is important to host COP at countries such as Egypt and Africa because it gives a voice to the developing countries to emphasise their priorities in terms of adaptation or loss and damage.
“It is an opportunity for us to really push our own agenda and for making the means to pay for loss and damage that most vulnerable countries are facing but at the same time they are the least contributors to the emissions that made that happen. As young people we are asking for urgent action now and implementation on the ground, as well as working together with us to protect the health and planet for our future generations,” she concludes.