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WASH envoy named for Tajikistan forum

TWENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD James Modimakwane of Mazabuka has been selected by the Government of Tajikistan to represent Zambia at the June 2015 Children Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Forum.
Mr Modimakwane who is United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF)’s unite4climate ambassador will be attending the forum alongside 70 adolescents from about 15 countries.
The primary objective of the conference is to facilitate a comprehensive discussion on the implementation of the international decade for action ‘water for life’ 2005-2017.
Mr Modimakwane said in an interview said that the forum will provide him an opportunity to learn and share ideas on how to achieve ‘WASH’ for all children.
He said “we will learn how to achieve proper hygiene and sanitation for children regardless of where they are, be at school, communities and during disasters”.
During the forum, small groups will be formed where participants will be learning and sharing to eventually provide their input to a ‘Call for Action’ on inclusive WASH.
As a youth climate activist, Mr Modimakwane has been a UNICEF  Unite4climate ambassador for five years after attending the first-ever Zambian Children’s Climate Conference in 2010.
He was also designated as a UNICEF climate ambassador and later a youth facilitator in the programme, training hundreds of new child ambassadors.
“I have been focus in agriculture and environmental welfare and have conducted media trainings on climate change”, Mr Modimakwane said.

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