VIVAT AT COP28 IN DUBAI
December 8 - Pacific Youth Champions Climate Action as Global Leaders Pledge Urgent Measures
Young climate leaders from Pacific nations took center stage on Day 9 of COP28, addressing the Climate Mobility Pavilion on the real impacts of climate change, particularly on displacement and migration. Organized by the Swedish Embassy in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the event featured voices from Tuvalu, Egypt, and Mali, sharing firsthand experiences of climate-induced challenges.
Despite facing the harsh realities of cyclones and sea-level rise, Pacific youth emphasized resilience over victimization. They showcased global leadership by actively participating in climate initiatives, including advocating against seabed mining and nuclear tests in the Pacific. Notably, a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly requested an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on state obligations regarding climate change.
Simultaneously, at Expo City, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, engaged with civil society groups, underscoring the urgency to transition away from fossil fuels. Canada demonstrated commitment through a $5 million investment in the Least Developed Countries Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) and a $5.3 billion global climate finance commitment. Civil society groups at Expo City highlighted the need for tangible actions to address the triple crises of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss.
Furthermore, adaptation Civil Societies at Expo City, including the African Adaptation NGO from Uganda, emphasized the resilience of African communities and the interconnectedness of environmental preservation and cultural heritage. The combined efforts of Pacific youth and global leaders at COP28 underscored the importance of urgent and concrete actions to combat climate change on both local and global scales.
VIVAT LAUDATO SI ACTION PLAN
At this kairos moment, VIVAT International is responding to the call for healing in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and the Earth itself. Through the VIVAT Laudato Si’ Action Plan, we are walking the “path to renewal” together (LS 202), collaborating with the Vatican, the international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of goodwill (LS 3)."
Taking a truly ground-up approach, VLSAP is rooted in the strengths and realities of communities around the world, empowering all to take “decisive action, here and now” as we journey towards a better future together (LS 161).