CS Tobiko engages the youth ahead of Stockholm+50

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called on the youth to take charge and proactive initiatives to address environmental issues.

The CS said, "We celebrated 50 years of existence of UNEP, looked back on tremendous achievements and challenges alike. The importance of the youth in envisioning UNEP in the next 50 years cannot be overemphasized".

The CS who spoke Wednesday in a virtual meeting during a briefing by the Kenya youth task force on the prior status of Stockholm+50 said the youth have legitimate rights and obligations to mother nature.

On leadership, the CS said the young people should change the narrative of "leaders of tomorrow", reiterating that leadership will never be handed to them unless they assert their role and take charge since they have a more significant stake in the planet's well-being.

On the unity of purpose, CS Tobiko called on the youth to have centralized, coordinated efforts to enable governments and other agencies to engage with them effectively.
On the upcoming World Environment Day, which will be celebrated under the theme 'One Earth' on 5th June, the CS called on all to participate in the global opportunity involving local action.

The youth-led by Alphonse Muia called for mainstreaming of children and youth agenda in national statements and capacity building to ensure young people participate in environmental governance, among other interventions.

25 young people from Kenya are expected to participate in the Youth Assembly from 31st May to 1st June 2022 at the Stockholm+50 meeting.

Stockholm+50 is an international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly hosted by Kenya and Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2-3 June 2022.

It will commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time.

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