1 Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC) has reaffirmed its commitment towards addressing climate change in the country. NYNCC launched a five year strategic plan and a dynamic website on Wednesday at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe with support from Malawi Government through Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) and Malawi UN. In an interview, NYNCC 1 Coordinator Dominic Nyasulu said the Strategic Plan sets out a vision that will see youths and networks in the country being proactive in advancing 1 and local climate change agenda. “The Strategic plan identifies three strategic priorities or goals for implementation in the five years period that is from 2021 to 2025. Firstly, we are looking at how we can strengthen NYNCC so that we should be able to influence policy determination, and so that we should also be able to coordinate youth response regarding climate change and environment management,” said Nyasulu. Nyasulu : We want youths to directly influence decision making in climate change policies In her words, Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo who was also guest of honor thanked the youth network for launching the strategic plan saying the act emphasizes that youths in the country are taking a responsibility in addressing climate change. Tembo said her Ministry recognizes the role that youths play as change agents in combating adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation. “It is pleasing to see all your hard work and determination to protect and rehabilitate the environment. I am also happy to see the Youth Network on Climate Change taking a supportive role to Government in disseminating messages on the status of climate change.” Tembo : youths in the country are taking a responsibility in addressing climate change “The launch of the strategic Plan and website today demonstrates NYNCC’s commitment to coordinate the youth in climate change management. Available policies and strategies that are in place, as well as the different roles that the various players need to play in addressing climate change in our nation,” said Tembo. Also speaking during the launch, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Deputy Resident Clare Medina said young people have contributed a lot to climate change program and promised they will continue supporting NYNCC. Tembo (left), NYNCC Board chairperson Christopher Bauti (centre) and UNDP Deputy Resident Medina during the launch The Strategic Plan which has been formulated under the theme “Building a Climate Resilient Generation” also looks at coordinating all climate change interventions amongst the young people in Malawi, facilitating knowledge and best practice sharing amongst the youth climate change organizations, scaling-up of public awareness and education on climate change and environmental values and practices, and strengthening the capacity of climate change youth organizations in Malawi. The Strategic Plan will also ensure that youths are working towards a common goal and create green jobs for youths in the five years, and it is aligned to the 1 Climate Change Management Policy and other 1 and inter1 instruments. Sharing is Caring!