TIn the wake of new realities of climate change and with Africa having a large number of youth whose livelihoods are highly dependent on agriculture where the sector is one that tends to be highly exposed to climate change, the responsibility of enhancing resilience, ensuring the reduction of carbon footprints from our environment and increasing our forest cover mainly lies with the youth.

On behalf of the ICA- Africa youth network it is at such a time that we call upon other youth across the Africa and the globe to join us in this noble cause, joining hands together with ICYC and ICA-Americas Youth Network to ensure that we give back to mother nature by participating in the “Go Green Campaign” which is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 13. Planting endangered sample species of trees, recycling, reusing and creating awareness throughout the youth networks and beyond in the Africa region is what the campaign calls for.

It is my hope that as we have a week long campaign we will be reminded of the now and future generations and chose to care for their environment by refusing to damage it and instead care for it.

Ms. Hilda Ojall.
President, Africa Youth Network


The Go Green Campaign, started in 2018, is an initiative of International Cooperative Alliance Asia and Pacific Committee on Youth Cooperation (ICYC), to link youth and SDGs on a single platform and create an identity for cooperatives as a sustainable model for environment and society. This year, ICYC will organise Go Green Campaign 3.0 in the month of July to fit with the 2020 theme for International Day of Cooperatives (July 4, 2020), Cooperatives for Climate Change.

The “World Goes Green with Africa, America, Asia and Pacific”, will be held in partnership with the Africa Youth Network, Americas Youth Network (CRJ) and ICA Sectoral organisation Cooperative Housing International (CHI). The Campaign is divided into three Regional Youth Weeks: the first from July 1 to 7, will be celebrated in the Asia-Pacific; the second from July 8 to 14, in Africa; and third from July 15 to 21, in the Americas. The campaign will display the role of youth and cooperatives can play through self-help and solidarity.


This year International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on the 4th of July, 2020! In our commitment to the Sustainable Development Agenda, the theme this year is in support of SDG 13: Climate Action: Cooperatives for Climate Action. We are inviting the global cooperative community to continue pushing for actions that will address climate change. Cooperatives worldwide can take this opportunity to show leadership and share their cooperative values in combating this global issue. A Cooperator’s Communications Guide will soon be available to help cooperatives use this day to illustrate the importance of taking action to battle climate change.


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