COP27 – IOM and Partners Discuss the Role of Civil Society Organizations in Tackling the Impact of Climate Change Particularly on Children

Sharm El Sheikh - The International organization for Migration (IOM) Egypt hosted a panel discussion on the role of civil society organizations as partners in the global efforts to combat climate change inspired by the “9 Guiding Principles for Children on the Move” in the context of climate change.

IOM, through its projects, aims at addressing migration and relevant topics seeking to advance the socioeconomic well-being of children on the move ensuring that migration takes place in a safe, orderly and dignified manner.

“UNICEF partners with governments, development partners, International and national NGOs and civil society organizations to serve the best interest of the most vulnerable children, youth, families, and caregivers at risk, including those at risk of climate mobility.” Said Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt. “As climate change impacts amplify migration, it is paramount to ensure that children’s needs in protection, health, and education are not compromised, delayed, or missed. Therefore, COP27 focuses on accelerating action to preparedness and response to climate change.”

Ms. Graziella Rizza, Head of Migration, Gender and Civil Society, in EU delegation highlighted the important role of civil society in pushing forward the developmental process, as well as the importance of delivering the voice of youth and children to the policy makers.

From his side, Mr. Fadi Dweik, Climate Resilience Advisor at Save the Children, emphasized the role of international civil society organizations in providing a safe space for children to express their hopes and their aspirations.

“The role of civil society organizations in Egypt is imperative” said Abdelrahman Fahmy, Founder of Youthinkgreen “We need to focus on the socio-economic needs of the societies as well as youth in order for it to be reflected through our efforts.”

Finally, the voice of young people and children had to be heard at the discussion. Ghassan, a 12-year-old child moved to Egypt due to climate change, conflicts and war, was proof of how the children of today can be the leaders of tomorrow. He shared his story and his desires for a clean planet and a safe environment.