‘Green Rising’ initiative to create pathways for 10 million children and youth

The summit brought together more than 1,000 participants, including two heads of state, 22 ministers, and 28 CEOs
Several other key initiatives announced at the RewirEd Summit at COP28 

Dubai, Dec 8,2023: UNICEF, in partnership with Generation Unlimited, has launched the ‘Green Rising’ Initiative at the RewirEd Summit at COP28. The initiative will create pathways for about 10 million children and youth in developing countries, especially girls, in the next three years (2023-2025) to take grassroots action through volunteering –green skills building, jobs and entrepreneurship as well as advocacy – while mobilising millions more to do the same through an ecosystem of other public, private and youth stakeholders.  

Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations says, “It is heartening to see that the themes of the second RewirEd Summit align seamlessly with the principle of the United Nations Secretary General’s transforming education agenda, emphasising lifelong learning, green jobs increasing financing, resilience of education systems and a human-focused approach.” 

Meanwhile, several other key initiatives were also announced at the summit including the launch of a new online portal. Launched by The Aga Khan Foundation and co-funded by Dubai Cares, the online portal is of more than 100 teacher-led, teacher-tested and teacher-approved climate action solutions for education from more than 60 countries.

In partnership with Dubai Cares, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) announced the launch of the Green Jobs for Youth Online Training and Mentoring Programme to empower youth in choosing careers that contribute to solving the climate crisis and enhance their potential in driving system transformation around Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on Climate Action and other SDGs.   

The second edition of the RewirEd Summit, which was hosted inside COP28’s Green Zone at the Connect Conference Centre at Expo City Dubai, brought together more than 1,000 participants, including two heads of state, 22 ministers and 28 CEOs, with 260 speakers, representing 209 entities and 76 countries, leading a global discussion that showcased the powerful solutions that exist at the climate-education intersection. 

The RewirEd Summit agenda featured 35 sessions, with every discussion bringing together key actors from diverse sectors to shape a collective path forward, for transformed educations systems to be at the forefront of climate action.  

In addition, discussions at the RewirEd Summit reinforced the urgent gaps in education transformation that will be addressed by the Dubai Cares Global Education Solutions Accelerator, which Dr. Al Gurg launched on December 2 at COP28 Presidency Programme in the Blue Zone in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation and together with the strategic support of the Global Centre on Adaptation. The mechanism aims to make education transformation a reality for every country in the world by 2030, allowing countries to work with international actors and platforms to collectively identify and fast-track the implementation of education transformation solutions.  

In its first phase, Dubai Cares and the Aga Khan Foundation will take the Accelerator to 10 countries, which means 2.1 billion people will benefit from the short and long gains of a transformed education system.  

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