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Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender as Core Part of Climate Adaptation | Youth Action in Climate Adaptation

Young people have been championing the fight against the climate crisis but the global imbalance in mitigation and adaptation action needs the engagement of young climate activists. More so, the need for adaptation to be rights-based, locally-led and inclusive of the most vulnerable people (Women and Children) and their needs (including SRHR and other gender needs). UNFPA is working with youth-led groups to step up action on SRHR, gender and climate adaptation.

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About Chiagozie Udeh

Chiagozie Udeh is a young Nigerian climate activist who in 2019, served as the YOUNGO Global South Focal Point of YOUNGO, the Youth Constituency to the UNFCCC where he facilitated meaningful global youth engagement in the international climate change processes and negotiations primarily within the UNFCCC and other spaces within and outside the United Nations. He finished his mandate facilitating the engagement of global youths at the COP 25 in Madrid in December 2019 with some good partnerships with UN and non-UN organizations established. 

Since 2015, he has been a Programme Coordinator for Plant-for-the-Planet in Nigeria where it hosts academies to train young Climate Justice ambassadors between 9-15 years as well as organize tree-planting activities in cities within the country. 

In 2019, he was elected the Chairperson of the Executive Global board of Plant-for-the-Planet after the historic launch of the Trillion Trees campaign, a flagship programme of the organization which aims to plant 1 trillion trees by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by 25% through a mobile App. He finished the role in November 2020.

Chiagozie helped create the youth space in intergovernmental processes of renewable energy and was elected as the Global Focal Point for the UN MGCY SDG7 Youth Constituency. He initiated and led the renewable energy working group of YOUNGO and has devoted time to creating youth spaces in the energy sector which is hitherto difficult. He worked with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Nigeria helping create a coalition of labour union and civil society organizations that are seeking to end gas flaring in Nigeria, promote energy democracy and ensure just transition.

Currently, he is supporting UNFPA to fulfil the climate change component of its strategic plan, especially championing the sexual and reproductive health and gender priorities of the most vulnerable populations in climate action.


UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. Sign up to receive the UNFPA newsletter here.

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