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Sri Lanka and UNICEF join forces on climate change

Colombo, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lanka's National Youth Services Council (NYSC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to promote educational activities on climate change.

The partnership fosters collaboration in climate change and environmental conservation and aims to benefit children and young people, especially those from marginalized backgrounds.

According to a press release, the memorandum is a unified dedication to building a better future for children and youths by empowering them to lead and innovate responses to climate change crises.

UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka Christian Skoog affirmed that young people, especially children, are most affected by the daily harsh realities of climate change, such as extreme heatwaves and flooding.

The consequences of these climate change episodes not only threaten children’s lives in the immediate term but also have long-term consequences on their opportunities to grow and develop, Skoog added.

NYSC Chairperson Pasindu Guneratne expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, and stated, “We are dedicated to mobilizing youths to catalyze positive community transformation.”