Welcome to a great week!

RISE Youth of the Week is Esther Agbarakwe from Nigeria.

Esther Agbarakwe is a woman you can describe as a Lioness with the face of a lamb; she is very gentle and soft spoken and yet she has the dexterity of a self-sustained and visionary mover! She has represented Nigeria and Africa at over ten high-level global governance meetings on sustainable development talking about climate change and actively discussing policy issues around a theme (Climate Change) that is probably one the most vital concerns of the 21st century.


This dynamic, creative, innovative and proactive young woman whose admirers fondly call ‘Estherclimate’ is a co- founder of the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition (the biggest youth climate movement in Nigeria) and an international climate change campaigner with over ten years of experience working on environmental sustainability, social and environmental policy analysis, biodiversity conservation, justice, gender, youth development and international advocacy on sustainable development and reproductive health and rights.


She is one of the Youngers of the Elders+Youngers initiative involving notable leaders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Gro Harlem Brundtland. She is also a Commonwealth Youth Climate fellow, Atlas Corps international fellow and Dekeyser & Friends Foundation Academy awardee. As part of her commitment to Voluntary community  service, she was elected chair Actionaid General Assembly and 2014 Convener, supporting their advocacy to fight for human rights and work for the poor and excluded across Nigeria and appointed Country Activator for IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. She holds a graduate certificate in Sustainable Development from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Calabar, Nigeria. She is the recipient of the 2010 LEAP Africa Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Award.


She was selected as ‘Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders’ for her strong interest in women’s issues and was invited to attend the “Women Deliver” Global Conference in DC in June 2010 and in 2013, She was invited as a Speake at the 3rd Women Deliver Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur. She has served as the African coordinator of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Youth and Children Major Group.

Over the years, Esther Agbarakwe has represented the views of Nigeria and African youth at many global governance meetings on sustainable development such as the African Economic Conference, African Development Forum, African Union General Assembly, UN Commissions on Sustainable Development, Population & Development and Status of women as well as the UNFCCC and Convention on Biological Diversity.

She is currently leading the Youth Advocacy efforts on RH/Family Planning and climate Change in Nigeria.


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