Minister Xingwana and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) engage children around climate issues
28 Nov 2011
The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Ms Lulu Xingwana, in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will, on Tuesday, engage in dialogue with children on climate change and its impact.
Children represent nearly forty percent of South Africa’s population and are one of the social groups most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Our children not only stand to be the most severely affected by climate change, they are also future leaders and citizens who will have to live with and manage its consequences.
It is our view that the voices of children must be heard on climate change. Children have the right to take part in public life and to be heard on issues that affect their life. This right to participation is enshrined in international human rights treaties, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the South African Constitution and Children’s Act.
During this occasion, the children will also launch a booklet: South Africa’s Children Voices on Climate Change. The engagement with children will be followed by a media conference which will be led Minister Lulu Xingwana.
The programme will take place as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Venue: Levubu River Room, Durban Exhibition Centre
Members of the media are invited to attend this session.
Kindly confirm your attendance with:
Cell: 082 539 0090
Cell: 082 336 5565
Cornelius Tanana Monama
Tel: 082 578 4063
Issued by: Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities
28 Nov 2011
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