Youths call for climate action ahead of COP26

Young people from around the world have discussed the issue of climate change at a conference held ahead of the upcoming UN COP26 summit. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was among them.

The three-day Youth4Climate conference began on Tuesday in Milan, Italy. It was organized by Italy and Britain. Britain is hosting the COP26 summit, which is scheduled to begin on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland.

About 400 people from 186 countries took part in the youth conference.

In her speech at the meeting, Thunberg criticized governments for failing to fully address the problem.

Referring to stated goals, such as net zero emissions by 2050, she said, "This is all we hear from our so-called leaders: words, words that sound great but so far has led to no action."

Young participants exchanged views with the leaders of countries.

US climate envoy John Kerry referred to a promise that developed countries made in the past. The countries vowed to offer 100 billion dollars every year to help developing countries tackle climate change. But Kerry noted that the developed countries have not been keeping that promise.

Some of the topics debated at the conference will be taken up at the upcoming COP26 summit.