In 2017, Abdul Karim Mutawakil, a young leader from Ghana, had the immense privilege of representing his country at the Conference of Youth (COY-13) on Climate Change and Youth Employment. Held at the prestigious Abomey Calavi University in Cotonou, Benin, this event brought together youth leaders from across the continent to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, and propose innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.
Abdul Karim Mutawakil, along with another young leader, participated in a panel discussion that focused on two crucial topics: climate change and youth development/employment. Recognizing the pressing issues facing West Africa and Africa as a whole, Mutawakil passionately addressed the challenges and proposed practical ways to mitigate them.
The conference provided a unique platform for young leaders like Abdul Karim to showcase their potential and contribute to shaping a brighter future for Africa. The meeting of brilliant minds from different regions fostered a sense of unity and collaboration, emphasizing the importance of working together to address common challenges.
Abdul Karim Mutawakil described the experience of meeting fellow youth leaders from the region as “interesting” and emphasized the determination and resilience of African youth in driving sustainable development. With a firm belief in progress, he expressed his commitment to the cause by saying, “We’ve come from far. We are not relenting. Poco a poco, Ad Meliora. Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta,” which translates to “Little by little, towards better things. The struggle continues, victory is certain.”
The presence of young leaders like Abdul Karim at COY-13 shines a spotlight on the potential and power of African youth in addressing pressing global issues. By advocating for climate change mitigation and youth employment, Abdul Karim Mutawakil has inspired his peers and brought attention to the importance of collaboration, awareness, and innovative solutions.
The challenges facing Africa, particularly in the areas of climate change and youth development, require collective action and a united effort. The COY-13 conference not only provided a platform for discussion but also fostered a sense of empowerment among African youth to take charge of their futures and actively contribute to sustainable development.
As Africa continues to strive for progress, it is essential to recognize and support the efforts of young leaders like Abdul Karim Mutawakil. Their dedication and innovative thinking will play a crucial role in shaping a brighter and more sustainable future for the continent.
Abdul Karim Mutawakil’s participation at COY-13 showcased the potential of African youth in driving sustainable development. By addressing the challenges of climate change and youth employment, he inspired his peers and emphasized the importance of collaboration, awareness, and innovative solutions. With a united effort, African youth can shape a brighter and more sustainable future for the continent.