25-year-old climate activist Vanessa Nakate was recently appointed as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. This recognition comes after a 3-year climate change campaign that saw her address world leaders both at COP25 and COP26 summits.
Vanessa is a well-known East African climate activist from Kampala, Uganda.
She was inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s school strikes that gained momentum globally and began her own climate campaign, protesting for months at the Ugandan parliament gate back in 2019.
Since then, she has founded Rise Up Climate Movement, an amplifying voice for African activists on the global stage.
During her acceptance speech in New York, she said, ‘as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, it will be my first responsibility to bring the voices of children and marginalised people into conversations where they were previously excluded.’
‘This role with UNICEF will provide me with more opportunities to meet children and young people in the places most affected by climate change and an expanded platform to advocate on their behalf.’