The University of Zambia United Nations Youth Association (UNZA-YUNA) is a branch of the United Nations Youth Association of Zambia and is affiliated to University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) and Dean of Students affairs (DOSA) at the University of Zambia. Its mission is to promote and support the ideals, mission and activities of the United Nations and campaign for youth participation in all UN activities by bringing the UN closer to the youth, also it works closely with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on various activities.
Climate change has become one of the major challenges facing the world today. In recognition of the threats it poses, the issue that has become an urgent concern on both Social Economic and Political Agenda. This is due to the damage to the environment. Prominent threats among others include; altered ecosystems, loss of biodiversity, floods, droughts, declining agricultural productivity and spread of vector diseases such as malaria.
On February 5, 2014 the University Of Zambia students took part in the tree planting exercise within the Campus, the programme started around 09:50 to 11:45 hours. Among the invited guests were Mr. Charles Nonde UNIC Representative, Dr. Tembo School of Agriculture Dean, Acting Deputy Dean of students Mr. Museteka and YUNA Representative Mathews Kalabo. The events started by few remarks at the chapel were students gathered to be addressed on the subject, the Importance of tree planting.
Mr. Charles Nonde in his remarks he said sustainable development should be taken serious; trees are very important and we need them for many uses he also encouraged the students
to take environmental issues seriously. Dr. Tembo was the second to speak he started by thanking the support given the UNZA-YUNA from the United Nations Information Centre and the Forestry Department under Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, as beneficiaries the School of Agriculture was grateful.
The Acting Deputy Dean of student Affairs Mr. Museteka said the having trees at University it will help the current campaign called keep UNZA Clean, because green is clean, he also thanked the United Nations Information Centre for the support rendered to not only UNZA-YUNA but the entire Campus, he further extend his sincere to the Forestry Department under Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection for providing the plants.
The University of Zambia School of Environment Education Students Association (UNZA-EESA) Secretary General Salome Sakala, shared with the students the importance and how human beings benefit from the trees and explained the process of carbon dioxide sinking from the atmosphere with regard to environmental sustainability and climate change, thereafter the students proceeded to the planting area where 45 types of trees were planted.