Debating Africa

Aminetou Bilal

Environmental and Climate Change Advocate, and President of Selfie Mbalite

Bio:

Aminetou is an environmental and climate change advocate who is passionate about peace and security issues, youth and women empowerment topics. She is the president of the NGO Selfie Mbalite, which promotes environmental protection and ecological development in Mauritania. She is a 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni, a 2018 Obama Foundation Leader Africa, a 2018 One Young Ambassador, and an Ambassador for the African Youth Climate Hub Initiative.

Aminetou is a member of several networks such as Resilient40, the International Leadership Association. She is also a lead author of the Global Environment Outlook 6 africa youth publication which is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Aminetou is the regional focal point for SDG 14 on the oceans within the United Nations Major Group for Youth and Children. She is also co-author of the book “We Have a Dream: 201 countries, 201 dreams with sustainable development goals” published in Japan in June 2021.

She worked as a youth adviser in the African Union and technical adviser in charge of communication in the office of the Minister of Social Action, Children and the Family.

Currently, she is the North Africa Lead for the African Youth Council of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).

Aminetou was recently featured in the Financial Times newspaper thanks to her participation in the Nikkei SDGs Forum Symposium. In October 2022, she joined the Wangari Maathai Foundation’s Young African Climate Leaders Hub, which aims to bring young African climate leaders to COP27 and beyond.

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