Prince’s Trust International at the COP26 Climate Change Summit
This Sunday all eyes are on Glasgow for the start of the highly anticipated international climate change summit, COP26, as the city welcomes world leaders, activists and changemakers to tackle the climate emergency.
Our recent report on the future of work Generation Stand Up, Start Up highlighted that 74% of young people were interested in working in the green economy. As part of our own commitment to supporting young people into green jobs, The Prince’s Trust Group is hosting a green jobs event at the conference, in partnership with One Young World and the Department for Education.
Bringing together speakers from around the world, including H.E Iván Duque Márquez, President of Colombia, and Alex Burghart MP, UK Minister for Skills, the event will examine the challenges and opportunities for young people trying to access jobs within the green economy. It will be Chaired by Magid Magid, Founder and Director of Union of Justice, and a One Young World Ambassador.
In addition to the panel discussion, the event will include an interactive green jobs fair, where young people can connect virtually and in person with potential employers.
- E Iván Duque Márquez, President of Colombia
- Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington (invited)
- Enass Abo-Hamed Inventor and CEO at H2GO Power & One Young World Ambassador
- Alex Burghart MP, UK Minister for Skills
- Aicha Seifelislam-Schreiber, Founder of Kandaka Naturals
- Magid Magid Founder & Director of Union of Justice & One Young World Ambassador (chair)
Looking ahead to the event, Prince’s Trust International’s CEO, Will Straw, said “We’re delighted to host this event in partnership with the Department of Education and One Young World, following the release of our report on the future of work which highlighted young people’s drive to find jobs in the green economy.
“The event will allow us to delve into the young people’s aspirations to work in green jobs, explore how we can ensure that these opportunities create decent work, and examine how we can ensure that they have the necessary skills to apply for them when they do.”
During COP26, we will also participate in a private roundtable discussion with our colleagues at The Prince’s Trust in the UK, and leading corporate and government figures. At this roundtable we will the green jobs market; discover what green careers look like in different sectors; analyse and discuss solutions for how young people can access these.
Through our participation in events during the summit, we hope to convene key thought leaders around green jobs for youth and encourage partnerships that will reduce the youth skills gap globally, support young people into jobs in the green economy, and address the critical need for climate action globally.
Our event, ‘So, You Want a Green Career?’ will be streamed live on the COP 26 YouTube Channel and details of where to find this can be found at www.UKcop26.org
Details of how to access the green jobs fair will be posted on our social media channels in due course.