The world today is home to the largest generation of young people in its history, there are now over 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10 to 24. Enhancing the role young people play and providing opportunities for their active engagement in protecting health and the environment and promoting economic and social development will be essential for a sustainable, democratic future. Young people push qualitative change in ways of working, innovation and institutional reforms, including better governance, combating corruption, and building a healthier social and physical environment.
IPEN’s vision for a toxics-free future includes a concern for future generations and is founded on the contributions of young people. IPEN recognizes the invaluable role that youth can and do play in promoting sound chemical and waste management.
IPEN Co-Chair Dr. Tadesse Amera gave this statement on March 3rd, 2023
Thank you, Madam CoChair. Distinguished delegates.
I am speaking on behalf of IPEN a network of over 600 public interest organisations from more than 125 countries, with a focus on low- and middle-income nations.
We welcome the progress made in this meeting in setting ambitious language on identifying and addressing Issues of concern as well as in strengthening the multi-sectoral approach of SAICM.