resolution, which was dicussed at the committee on economic affairs, science, technology and environment, recognises that the impacts of climate change can differ
according to geder and age. It notes that young people in particular
are leading the global calls for action and calls for practical measures to
support and enhance this youth voice in policy-making.
to the assembly Alice-Mary Higgins said, “Young people don’t just want to be
part of photo opportunities – they want to be meaningfully engaged in shaping
policy and determining our future path of action on climate change.”
continued, “When we sign new contracts or give away licences for more drilling,
we are actively disenfranchising young people because we are narrowing the time
and space for them to make political change in the future”.
motion which passed the assembly calls for member states to integrate youth and
gender perspectives into their work and to facilitate youth leadership. The
parliamentary assembly also recommended that states develop climate change
gender action plans. This is something Senator Higgins will be pushing for
progress in relation to on her return.