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Kazakh youth rally for community climate solutions ahead of COP27

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ASTANA – Kazakh students had the opportunity on October 28 to debate climate solutions at the Voice of Youth from Glasgow to Sharm El-Sheikh event at Narikbayev KazGUU University ahead of the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change. climate change (COP27).

Attendees at the event. Photo credit: UN in Kazakhstan

The UK will hand over its presidency to Egypt, which will host COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh from 6-18 November.

The event was initiated by the United Nations (UN) in Kazakhstan, the British Embassy in Kazakhstan, the Italian Embassy in Kazakhstan and the Egyptian Embassy in Kazakhstan in partnership with KazGUU University.

Around 30 students from the Faculties of International Relations, Economics and Law took part in the debates and offered ideas for country collaboration, climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable finance.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan, Michaela Friberg-Storey, spoke about climate-related risks and the role of COP27 in her opening remarks. “The summit will focus on the implementation and operationalization of all commitments made [at the COP26]. The UN is focused on two key aspects – addressing loss and damage beyond the country’s capacity and continuing to push for climate action funding, and that those promises are kept,” Friberg-Storey said. .

According to the new statement 2022 Emissions Gap Reportcountries are failing to meet the Paris Agreement targets “with no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place”.

“If we don’t reduce our carbon emissions, which are 45%, we won’t reach the 1.5 degree target. We’re looking at a 14% increase in emissions. That brings us to a situation where we’re facing a 2.8 degree rise in temperatures. This is a climate catastrophe,” she said.

The UN team, made up of 27 UN agencies, worked with the Kazakh government to update the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for submission to the Conference of the Parties this year. Kazakhstan has committed to achieving the unconditional goal of reducing its greenhouse gases by 15% by 2030.

Friberg-Storey also called on students to take action in response to climate change and to accelerate the 2030 agenda.

It should be noted that COP26 held in Glasgow brought together over 120 world leaders from 200 countries and gave the world the tools to keep 1.5C alive. The Glasgow Climate Pact now remains the blueprint for accelerating climate action.

British Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kathy Leach noted that technology will solve the climate crisis. “About five years ago, we hit a tipping point when newly installed annual power capacity from renewables exceeded annually installed capacity from coal. Estimates suggest that this decade, renewables will become the energy of choice. The cost of solar is down 80% since 2010, the cost of wind power is down three-quarters, 75% since its peak 10 years ago, so these technologies are much more affordable than before,” said she declared.

Ambassador Leach emphasized that youth actions are important because green transformation is part of societal transformation. It requires public support to use resources responsibly, turn on lights, turn down thermostats, recycle bottles and other actions.

In September 2021, Milan hosted the PreCOP26 meeting as well as the Youth4Climate conference to develop approaches to remaining climate issues. The voice of youth should serve as a wake-up call to governments around the world, Italian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Marco Alberti said.

“The messages from COP26 were quite clear: secure emission reduction pledges; provide for countries vulnerable to climate change by ensuring that adaptation and loss and damage commitments are met; obtain financing flows; work together and continue to be an inclusive presidency. This is the very heart of the message that we would like to convey to our Egyptian friends,” added Alberti.

Ainur Karbozova, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Narikbayev KAZGUU University, expressed his gratitude to the UN office for giving students “a chance to wear hats of world politicians and face current challenges of humanity.

“Kazakhstan and the UN have a long-standing partnership… All of Kazakhstan’s political initiatives, especially on climate change issues, have been taken from the UN rostrum, including our initiatives against the terrorism, regional security in Asia, closing the nuclear test site and combating nuclear testing around the world,” Karbozova said.