UNICEF and its global partnerships platform Generation Unlimited (also known as YuWaah in India) have partnered with key organisations committed to working towards a green future for children and young people as a part of the Green Rising India Alliance (GRIA). The alliance consists of YuWaah at UNICEF, Capgemini, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, ReNew Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and SAP. It aims to equip 50 million children and young people to become climate conscious, adaptable, and resilient by 2030.
Dhuwarakha Sriram, Chief of Generation Unlimited in India (YuWaah), Youth Development and Partnerships at UNICEF said, “YuWaah at UNICEF has brought together key stakeholders for the Green Rising India Alliance and through this strategic collaboration we commit to co-creating sustainable and impactful contribution to the urgent cause of climate action. Together, we will nurture youth-led action in India and bring new energy to our collective initiatives to foster innovative and inclusive solutions, at scale to multiply our impact.”
This coalition is galvanising private organisations, foundations, youth networks, multilaterals, and the Government of India to unify their commitment to sharing knowledge, efforts, and innovative solutions. The primary goal is to equip young people with the requisite opportunities not only to embrace a climate-conscious mindset but also to foster resilience, thereby enabling them to fully realize their potential. This alliance will further synergise investments, strategic priorities, and portfolios of work to unlock unprecedented opportunities to complement national efforts with the government and young people.
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Deepali Khanna, Vice President – Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation, said, “The Rockefeller Foundation is investing USD 1 billion over the next five years to slow climate change even as we advance human opportunity. With the largest youth population in the world, India’s climate-conscious actions can foster resilience and innovation, accelerating impact that enables everyone to not just survive the climate crisis but thrive.”
The GRIA will enable, empower and engage young people, especially the most vulnerable, with the tools they need to become stewards of our planet through green skills, social impact, and economic opportunities and further partner with youth to co-design and scale transformative environmental initiatives.