Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – As COP28 unfolds in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philipa Cride-Dole, the Welfare Chairperson of the Children’s Forum Network (CFN) and a child climate change advocate, is set to represent her peers at this year’s conference, supported by ChildFund.
During a press conference held on Friday, December 1, 2023, at ChildFund’s Hill Station Office, Cride-Dole shared the news with journalists alongside CFN members. She emphasized the critical impact of climate change on Sierra Leone, citing events like the August 14, 2017, Mudslide that claimed lives and displaced many, including children.
Highlighting the pivotal role of ChildFund in addressing climate change, Cride-Dole recounted her participation in the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2023, sponsored by ChildFund. Her active engagement led to an invitation to present a position paper on behalf of African children at the Children’s Climate Summit during the same event.
This opportunity has now extended to COP28 in the UAE, where she aims to advocate for children globally and participate in panel discussions on climate issues affecting nations, particularly children.
ChildFund is sponsoring Cride-Dole and her chaperone, Saffiatu Kamara, Sponsorship Relations Assistant at ChildFund, for their participation in COP28. The conference, taking place at Expo City in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, serves as a crucial platform for leaders to discuss and strategize global transformative climate action.
Cride-Dole, embracing her role as a Climate Change Ambassador with ChildFund, called on fellow Sierra Leoneans to join her in advocating for children’s well-being, especially addressing the impacts of climate change. She expressed optimism for fruitful outcomes from COP28 that could reshape the discourse on climate change issues.
The conference convenes leaders to address pressing climate concerns, providing a platform for collaboration and decision-making on a global scale. MJB/4/12/2023