Mr Oevstegaard added: 'Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace'.
Thousands of students worldwide are expected to walk out of class for the Friday protest, much as US children and teens did previous year for the National School Walkout on gun control, spurred by the deadly February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Friday's strike is expected to be the biggest yet as evidence mounts of the climate emergency facing the planet.
Since then she has gone global, striking a chord with younger people disillusioned by the perceived slow progress of the adult world in halting climate change. Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future.
Young people are expected to take to the streets in cities across Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and the U.S. on Friday.
"There is nothing happening about this in Derry", she said.
Thousands of young Australians are set to walk out of their classrooms today to demand action on climate change.
Asked whether she feels optimistic about the potential of Friday's protest, Gillibrand replied: "I wouldn't say optimistic is quite the right word". Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action.
It's not the first time schoolkids have ditched class for protests in the streets - in November, students filled arcades and city squares, defying calls by the Prime Minister to stay in school, to call for an end to political inertia on climate policy.
"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued.
National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel peace prize, which will be awarded in December, The Guardian reported. "They are arguing about things like Brexit but we need them to act now on climate change. because in 12 years we can't turn anything back".
Din said the student protesters from schools around the region will demand "drastic legislative change to combat the climate crisis", citing the recent push among progressive lawmakers in favor of a Green New Deal, a sweeping agenda that seeks to remake the American economy as it transitions off carbon-based energy sources.