Although scientists have warned for decades of an impending climate crisis, government action has been insufficient to keep disaster at bay. As the crisis has intensified, it has been young people and civil society that have stepped up to lead the effort to save our planet from environmental catastrophe. The next several years will be key in deciding the future of humanity and the planet. Global cooperation is essential, and it is vital that we find ways to amplify the voices of youth and of civil society actors. In his 2022 peace proposal, Daisaku Ikeda puts forward a number of concrete steps that can be taken toward this end.
Concrete efforts centered on the United Nations to overcome the climate crisis from the 2022 Peace Proposal:
- With every passing year, the damage caused by extreme weather events has intensified and become more widespread. During COP26, the US and China agreed to strengthen measures for cooperation on climate action, and I strongly urge Japan and China to reach a similar agreement.
- I would also like to call for strengthening the framework of partnership between the UN and civil society and propose the establishment of a venue within the UN where civil society, led by youth, can freely discuss the comprehensive protection of the “global commons,” the resources we all require in order to survive and flourish. A UN youth council would be a perfect vehicle for this.
- In 2001, a Joint Liaison Group was set up to enhance cooperation in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification. I believe it is time to expand this alliance to include and enlist the support of civil society. I am convinced that this would open new paths toward successfully addressing climate change.
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