Profile: Shamma Al Mazrui – COP28 Youth Climate Champion

Shamma Al Mazrui was born in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, in 1993. At the age of 22, shortly after graduating from the University of Oxford, she became the youngest government minister in the world.

Over the last 8 years, Shamma Al Mazrui has occupied various ministerial roles in the U.A.E. Firstly, as Minister of State for Youth Affairs, then more recently serving as Minister of Community Development.

This year, Al Mazrui has also been elected as the first COP Youth Climate Champion. This position has been created by the UAE Presidency to build on the existing COP27 Youth Envoy role and advance inclusion for youth voices. Throughout COP28, Al Mazrui will act as the voice of the youth, facilitating conversation between the Presidency, delegates and youth activists.

A special emphasis will be placed on amplifying the voices of young people with disabilities, from indigenous communities and from communities at risk of the effects of climate change. This will aim to create a more inclusive COP than ever before.

“The COP28 Presidency is committed to achieving unprecedented youth and children’s inclusion in international UN climate change negotiations. We have been diligently working on a series of initiatives to offer comprehensive support to youth at every stage of the COP process. Over the past year, the YCC has engaged with young people from across the globe to ensure that their voices are integrated throughout the entire COP28 process, with the aspiration for this to become the expectation for future years as well.”

Shamma Al Mazrui

At Pre-COP28 (30th-31st October), Al Mazrui hosted a roundtable panel discussion with young climate leaders, providing a platform to express their views before the main conference begins. During the event, the delegates discussed the Global Youth Statement, a document that outlines policy proposals and demands from youth organisations across the world. This was the first time that the Global Youth Statement has been discussed ahead of the main conference.

Day 9 of COP28, 8th December, will also focus on the themes of Youth, Children, Education and Skills.

For further updates on COP28 throughout the conference, keep an eye on our website and social media platforms. You can also sign up here for our online roundtable event discussing the outcomes of COP28 and their impact on the renewable energy sector. This online event will take place on Wednesday 13th December, 12pm-1pm GMT.