" Their future is ours and Their future is bright " - Getrude Clement at UN High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement

" Their future is ours and Their future is bright " - Getrude Clement at UN High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement

Getrude Clement, youth representative from Tanzania, addresses the opening ceremony.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

16 yrs old Getrude Clement, representing children and young people made a great speech at High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement - 

" I am a young girl standing before you today, but i am not alone. We expect more than words on paper into promises, we expect action - action on a big scale and we expect action today not tomorrow. I expect to return in Tanzania and tell my fellow mates - their future is ours and their future is bright. "
Watch the Getrude Clement's speech  -




UNICEF Youth Advocate on climate tells UN General Assembly: “We expect more than words on paper and promises”

Getrude Clement, 16-year-old radio reporter from Tanzania and UNICEF youth representative and climate advocate, addresses the opening segment of the Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 22 April 2016 - 

“Honorable leaders of all nations, distinguished guests, my fellow children and young people, and all others here today. “My name is Getrude Clement. I am sixteen years old. I come from Mwanza Tanzania in East Africa.  “But today I am standing before you to represent children and young people all over the world.  “Climate change poses a big problem for the entire planet.  “But children – especially the poorest and most vulnerable – feel most of its effects.  “Now and in the future.  “Climate change threatens our lives, our health and our education. “You might think that we are too young to know about the risks and realities of climate change. “But we see the effects in our daily lives.  “As young people, the future is ours but this is not the future we want for ourselves. “But we are not just sitting by watching our communities suffer. We are leading our communities in taking action, standing up and speaking out about the issues we see.  “I am part of an international group of young reporters, who have been documenting the negative effects of climate change and positive actions to mitigate the effects.  “In Tanzania we visited many places in our community spoke to citizens about climate change and environmental pollution.  “I visited a place at Ghana Street where people sell fruits and vegetables next to a dumping site.  “We also learned about children who have difficulty going to school safely because of flooding. “We post stories like these on a digital map so people around the world can learn about our experiences.  “We also report the issues on our live radio and TV programmes. “I am one young girl standing before you today, but I am not alone.  “We expect more than words on paper and promises.  “We expect action. Action on a big scale.  “And we expect action today, not tomorrow.  “I expect to return to Tanzania and tell my fellows that the future is ours and the future is bright.  “Asante sana. Thank you very much.”


Getrude Clement too introduced +United Nations Secretary General +Ban Ki-moon for his speech, one historic event where 171 countries to sign the Paris Agreement - Largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement on a single day. 

Here's Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's speech 


Also watch Getrude Clement's interview before her speech 



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