Chibeze Ezekiel, the Executive Coordinator of the Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) has received another appointment to serve on a panel of experts on the Environment of Peace 2022 (EP2022) project. Chibeze was earlier this year appointed to the governing body of 350.org, an international movement that advocates against the use of fossil fuel and promotes building a world of community-led renewable energy for all.
The EP2022 project is an ambitious new initiative that aims to increase global understanding of the impacts that simultaneous environmental crises are having on peace and insecurity. It will analyse the drivers of and linkages between environmental change and its social dimensions—examining not just climate change but the consequences of issues such as the loss of biodiversity, water insecurity and land degradation. It will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead, presenting clear and practical recommendations that can be adopted at different levels of decision making.
The initiative leads up to 2022, the year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference) – the first major intergovernmental conference to look at the human relationship with the environment and wider developments in both the environmental and peacebuilding spheres.
The project is led by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) under the guidance of a panel of international experts. The panel will be chaired by Margot Wallström, former Swedish Foreign Minister and former European Commissioner for Environment. Other panellists are:
- Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the UN Development Programme (New Zealand)
- Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (India),
- Hindou Ibrahim, Sustainable Development Goal Advocate and environmental activist (Chad),
- Ma Jun, Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (China),
- Johan Rockström, co-Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany/Sweden),
- Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications of Fiji (Fiji),
- Ulf Sverdrup, Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Norway),
- Dan Smith, Director of SIPRI (United Kingdom)
- Ilwad Elman, Director of Programs and Development, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center (Somalia) and
- Isabel Studer, Founding Director, Sostenibilidad Global (Mexico)
Chibeze’s great interest around youth inclusion in governance of the environmental sector particularly climate change and clean energy in Ghana will be very helpful to the EP project and ensure that the panel includes voices from the younger generation. He is a strong advocate for youth inclusion in policy and decision making processes, especially in the issues related to climate change and environmental governance. It will be recalled that he was appointed to the Board of 350.org about four months ago (April, 2020). 350.org is an international movement that advocates against the use of fossil fuel and promotes building a world of community-led renewable energy for all. It has presence in Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific.
He is a certified Youth Master Trainer on Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) National Champion and a Climate Reality Leader.
Chibeze chairs the Youth in Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (Youth-NREG) Platform convene by SYND. The platform provides space for knowledge learning and sharing among young people on different environmental actions as well as create opportunity for joint advocacy.