Representation of youth in the intergovernmental negotiation processes, YOUNGO, an observer constituency of youth non-governmental organizations of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), organized the preparatory meeting called Conference of Youth (COY). The eleventh edition of Conference of Youth (COY 11) was held simultaneously in Paris and different cities around the world prior to COP 21, from 26th to 28th November. Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) organized COY-11, Ahmedabad at the CEE campus. It created an opportunity for youth from the South Asian region to be part of this global initiative and contribute to bring about change for a sustainable world. It aimed at generating an unprecedented mobilization, to build a real momentum, and strengthen the visibility of actions and the expertise of young people in favor of a more sustainable and desirable lifestyle.
The participants were introduced to the science of climate change, its impacts and adaptation and mitigation actions taken at international, national and local levels. Role play activity helped participants to understand the negotiation processes on climate change that take place at international level, enabling them to understand interest of different nations and issues at stake while taking decisions to address challenges related to this global issue. An input session on importance of communication strategy to generate support for the initiatives was conducted. They will brief media personnel on the activities undertaken over the three days and their understanding about this global challenge and initiatives. Participants from Ahmedabad and other local COYs like Tokyo and Paris got connected to interact on various topics pertaining to environment and development. The key output of this conference was inputs of the participants to the manifesto that will be presented to the world leaders by youth representatives at the twenty –first session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21).
UNFCCC engages world leaders through formal meeting known as ‘Conferences of the Parties’ (COP), to assess progress in dealing with climate change and establish legally binding obligations for developed and developing countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. These meetings are held yearly and the twenty first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December, 2015. The focus of the discussion would be a universal agreement on climate change to be implemented from 2020.