Second UNESCO International School of Sciences kicks off today in Havana

With the question of What can young people do about climate change?, representatives from 19 Caribbean countries are meeting today at the Havana´s Nacional Hotel as part of UNESCO's 2nd International School of Sciences.

In different working groups, young people from Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Barbados, Bahamas and Cuba, just to mention a few, will exchange until Thursday on how to foster cooperation and adaptation to climate change in the region.

As part of the opening of the School, an audiovisual material was screened on the First International Scientific School of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Katerine Muller-Marin, director of the Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, said a few words to the attendees.

The event will be based on participatory working methods, and that young people propose actions, dreams, so that UNESCO can receive the necessary support to make them a reality.

All with the aim of encouraging youth leadership in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Caribbean.

The meeting is held in the context of the Youth Spaces for Climate Change Resilience in the Caribbean project and, as its name suggests, aims to build strategies to address a phenomenon that affects everyone, especially island countries.

The Cuban entities which have contributed to UNESCO's Second International School of Sciences include the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO, as well as the National Committees of the Programs for the Management of Social Transformations and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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