PNG Youth won the Young Climate Leaders Alliance written competition for COP28


The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has announced the winner of the Young Climate Leaders Alliance (PYCLA) written competition.

This was announced by Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna.

“We organised a contest for Pacific Small Island Developing States to submit their thoughts on Just Transition and the cross-cutting thematic area of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).

“We received an enormous number of applications and would like to acknowledge the effort put by our Pacific youths.

“The winner of the competition is Metoyer Lohia from Papua New Guinea. I would like to extend my warm congratulations to Lohia. As part of this important journey, Lohia will join Youths from the region and around the world advocate and bring to center stage, at COP28, issues that are priority to the Blue Pacific Continent and the very survival of the planet that Lohia, like other youths, continue to inherit from us.

To the Young Leaders, your creativity has the power to inspire millions and drive momentum for our shared goals, he said

“And your passion, as always – is going to light up the rooms of the COP28 and ignite the negotiations and corridors for the 1.5 net zero future this planet needs.

We, at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, recognise the energy, creativity, and potential of our Pacific youth leaders as they are a driving force behind our region’s progress and prosperity,” said Puna.