Regional Focal Point (East and Southern Africa), UNMGCY SDG7YC
Ms. Passy Ogolla is currently serving as a Program Manager at the Society for International Development (SID); leading the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Futures (SEF) for Eastern Africa Programme’s research, dialogue and evidence-based policy recommendation processes and any linkages to climate change and environmental related activities, with a focus on Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The initial implementation stages of the SEF Programme resulted in the publication of the energy scenarios report, Energy for Whom? Scenarios for Eastern Africa, which is currently used as a tool for testing energy and climate policies, investments and choices within the Energy Reference Group. She is a member of the official Children and Youth Constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention in Climate Change (YOUNGO), and the Constituency’s representative at the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committees (TEC) Taskforce on Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement. Ms. Ogolla is the Regional Focal Point for East and Southern Africa at the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY)’s SDG7 Youth Constituency, having formerly served as the SDG16 Regional Focal Point for East Africa in 2019. 2019 stood as a pivotal year for global children and youth involvement in the global climate agenda. It is in that year that Ms. Ogolla took up more nationally focused engagements. During the 4th United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, she partnered with German youth delegates to raise awareness among young people on the climate crisis, and together partnered with Youth for Climate Kenya to organize the first Fridays for Future Climate March in Nairobi on 15 March 2019, delivering messages from young people to world leaders during the closing plenary of UNEA4. In May 2019, Ms. Ogolla joined with global youth to create an online climate petitions series on Change.org dubbed All in For Climate Action (AifCA), to act as a platform for raising awareness on the current global climate crisis, as well as place pressure on all citizens and world leaders to take immediate climate action for the sake of securing a sustainable future for all. The online youth movement consists of 91 young climate champions from across the globe who have mobilized more than 1.7 million signatures in support for a youth call for immediate climate action to world leaders.