ActNowFilm: youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts is an international youth voices in climate change project, selected to showcase at COP28. The film is based on 1-2-1 conversations between 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and world leading climate experts.
Lamia Mohsin is a young Bangladeshi development professional and researcher working on key areas including climate resilience, adaptation, local governance and public policy. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Dhaka, and has just completed an MSc in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) under the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarship.
Lamia currently works with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh, as Innovation and Project Management Officer, focusing on several cross-cutting areas, especially climate governance and justice. As an Oxfam Young Leaders Fellow, she also implements transformative projects seeking to empower communities in the face of climate change in Bangladesh. She has previously worked as a consultant at the Resilience and Inclusive Growth Cluster of the UNDP Bangladesh Country Office and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) South Asia, where she supported GCA’s role as a solutions broker for climate adaptation solutions, in close collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh.
Lamia has also supported Bangladesh’s Presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), an alliance of 55 climate vulnerable countries chaired by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 2020-2022. As the UN Climate Champions Resilience Youth Fellow (2022), she contributed to a series of strategic non-state actor engagements in the lead-up to COP27.
Mary Robinson is a founding member of The Elders and was appointed Chair in November 2018. She is a globally recognised voice on climate change and frequently highlights the need for drastic action from world leaders, as well as the intersectionality of the climate emergency: from intergenerational injustice to gender inequality and biodiversity loss.
As a tireless champion of equality and justice, she has travelled to countries around the world, meeting with global leaders, political leaders and civil society, to promote peace, ethical leadership and human rights.
Mary was the first woman President of Ireland and served for seven years from 1990 to 1997 as a principled and transformative leader who fought for equality throughout her time in office. As UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 until 2002, she integrated human rights into the United Nations system. Between 2013 and 2016, she served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and then as Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate until the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015.
Mary is a strong advocate for climate justice and intergenerational dialogue and led the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice from 2010 until its planned closure in 2019. She was appointed Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice at Trinity College Dublin in 2019.