UN’s UNite to Combat Climate Change Campaign Organizes Kilimanjaro Climb

25 February 2009: In cooperation with the UN's UNite to Combat Climate Change campaign and as a part of the Kilimanjaro Initiative's fourth annual ascent to the “rooftop of Africa,” ten underprivileged youth from urban areas in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana will summit Mount Kilimanjaro, beginning 28 February 2009. This year's summit is intended to raise awareness of climate change.

The Kilimanjaro Initiative, which has brought close to 100 people to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro since 2006, is supported by the UN Federal Credit Union, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Human Settlements Programme and the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace. The Initiative aims to encourage young people to have self-belief and to enable youth to take on a constructive role in their communities. [UNEP press release]