Virtual Press Conference by Selwin Hart, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team on the launch of the new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

Announcing the launch of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, his Special Adviser on Climate, Selwin Hart, today (28 Jul) said “young people understand, more than any other group, the threat that climate change poses to their present and their future.”

Speaking to reporters via video teleconference, Hart said it was time this Advisory Group “will give young climate leaders an opportunity to inform the decision-making process and to suggest actions and solutions that will help us move faster and much further.”

The new advisory group will provide perspectives and solutions to tackle the climate crisis, as the global body mobilizes action as part of the COVID-19 recovery efforts. The group will comprise of seven climate activists from all regions of the world, aged between 18 and 28 years, who will serve until the end 2021.

Hart said Greta Thunberg, who is not part of the group, “is a great example of the sort of outstanding leadership that we’ve seen from young people who have been leading the charge on climate action.”

The selected members of the group are Archana Soreng from India, Nisreen Elsaim of Sudan, Fiji’s Ernest Gibson, young economist Vladislav Kaim of Moldova, Sophia Kianni of the United States, Nathan Metenier of France, and lawyer and human rights defender Paloma Costa of Brazil.