A global climate campaign titled ‘Generation Hope’ was launched in Dhaka on Thursday to raise the voice for urgent actions on climate inequality.
The campaign aims to tackle economic inequality by ensuring fair funding to prioritise children’s rights and well-being, limiting catastrophic climate change and ensuring children’s rights are at the heart of the world’s response.
In partnership with Breaking the Silence (BTS), Save the Children launched a global campaign in Bangladesh, for and with the children, at an event held at a city hotel.
Generation Hope is a global flagship campaign of Save the Children which envisions a world that cares for children and their planet by fixing the broken system and accelerating action to address the connected crises of economic inequality and the climate emergency.
The chief guest for the event was also a child, echoing the design and execution of this campaign which is centred around bringing forth child and youth voices on climate change.
Dr Ian Fry, United Nation’s special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights in the context of Climate Change joined virtually at the event as a special guest.
“Last year I visited Bangladesh and listened to many stories and assertions of children and youth groups, and they had many strong messages for me. We must invest in children, we must invest in their rights, health, nutrition, education, and protection from violence and poverty. We must listen to them and take action,” said Fry.
Generation Hope is a child and youth-led campaign which will be implemented nationwide for the next 5 years.
Prior to the official launch of the campaign, Save the Children spoke to 5233 children aged between 12-18 from 6 districts across the country.
The chief guest, 12 years old Afsan Mahmud Soikat said, “We have to take initiatives from our respective places to solve the climate problem. We need to take care of National and international climate plans properly, we want elderly people to take immediate action.”