CALLING ALL YOUNG CLIMATE ADVOCATES
Conferences of Youth
The Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) is an event under the umbrella of YOUNGO, the official youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its aims are to be a space to boost youth climate action locally and create input into international conferences. It represents a national version of the International Conference of Youth (COY), which takes place immediately before the Conference of Parties (COP), the annual UN Climate Change Conference. To date, more than 300 local youth conferences have been successfully organized, attracting the participation of over 40,000 young delegates. These conferences serve as dynamic spaces where young people from diverse backgrounds come together to exchange ideas, share experiences, discuss pressing challenges, and collaboratively develop innovative solutions to combat the multifaceted issue of climate change.
The Synergy between LCOY, UNFCCC, and YOUNGO
LCOYs are organized under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its designated youth constituency, known as YOUNGO. The UNFCCC Secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. The Convention has near universal membership (198 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. YOUNGO, as the official youth constituency within the UNFCCC, serves as a platform to represent young people and their organizations in global climate negotiations and discussions.
Core Objectives of LCOY
LCOYs are driven by a set of core objectives that underpin their significance and impact. These objectives encompass the following key areas
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Youth Engagement: Driving Local and Global Action
Youth engagement holds paramount significance in addressing climate change and driving local action. Young individuals are at the forefront of the climate crisis, and their active involvement is essential in formulating and implementing effective solutions. The following key aspects underscore the critical role of youth engagement: