Deadline: 19 July 2019
Applications are open for United Nation (UN) Youth Climate Summit which is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of their time.
This historic event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23.
The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge. It will be action oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
- Young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are invited to attend the Youth Climate Summit on September 21, and the UN seeks strong participation from young leaders in the Global South.
- Attendees will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to addressing the climate crisis and their displayed leadership in advancing solutions.
- Climate leaders under the age of 18 have the opportunity to attend through a nomination process.
Objective: Respond to the unprecedented mobilization of young people worldwide who are demanding ambitious climate action in the lead-up to the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit.
Youth Climate Summit○The Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young people from across the globe who are driving climate action to:
Showcase their solutions and actions at the United Nations;
Engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.
This event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of the weekend of events and activities in the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit.
The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together more than 500 young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge.
It will also feature a strong intergenerational component that will carry forward into the UNSG Climate Summit on Monday.
X dollars committed to bringing Y number of young leaders from the Global South to New York to participate in-person at the Youth Climate Summit.
Youth Pledge (Name TBD)
X number of countries would commit to consult youth when formulating and designing climate action policies, plans and laws.
The pact is an opportunity for a large number of countries to sign up to an ambitious framework to include youth in climate decision making. Recent climate strikes have shown that young people and civil society are demanding action on climate and want to be engaged in the decision-making process. The time to respond with action is now.
Intergenerational Dialogue○An intergenerational dialogue would give an opportunity to youth activists from both the global south and north to question world political leaders about addressing climate change.
Providing youth leaders of climate action with a chance to ask bold and provocative questions of political leaders as well as propose concrete solutions in a UN setting will be an important statement that the voices of youth are being listened to, and more importantly are being responded to.
An inter-generational dialogue between these groups will provide a demonstration of the whole-of-society and cross-generational approach needed to address the adverse effects of climate change.
Youth participants would aim to include prominent youth climate activists with a particular focus on youth from SIDS and Global South
Engage and mobilize young entrepreneurs, innovators, and engineers to deliver low-carbon solutions; support those who already do to scale their efforts.
The United Nations launched the “Summer of Solutions” campaign—a call for young people around the world to create innovative technology-based solutions to global challenges. Selected participants and their ideas will have a chance to be showcased at the UNSG Summit and/or the Youth Climate Summit.
Reach beyond the “climate bubble” and engage new, younger audiences, particularly from the Global South.
Through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropic foundations, and/or celebrity influencers, X millions of people reached worldwide as a result of innovative public engagement campaign
For more, visit https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/youth-summit.shtml