Youth4Climate Call by UN Inviting Youth to Milan

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Youth4Climate

The United Nations is calling dynamic young climate leaders to come together and help develop proposals for fighting climate change. The UN-led gathering will take place at Milan and the UN will fund the travel of some 400 youth to pave the way for ensuring a meaningful outcome of COP26 in Glasgow later this year. The Conference of Parties (COP) is an annual gathering of world leaders under the aegis of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UN is inviting almost 400 young people, aged between 18 and 29 years, from the 197 member-countries of the UNFCCC with a maximum limit of 2 youth per. The Youth4Climate gathering and meet will take place in Milan (Italy) from 28 to 30 September 2021. Its key objective will remain to elaborate concrete proposals on topics that affect the negotiation process of Pre-COP26 in Milan (30 September – 2 October 2021) and COP26 in Glasgow (1 – 12 November 2021).

The meeting in Milan is in further to the process of involvement of young people in the climate negotiation process  which started in 2019 with support from Italy through the hosting of the first United Nations Youth Climate Summit in New York on 21 September 2019. Delhi Greens has constantly promoted the participation of youth in the climate negotiations since it is really the future of the youth which is at staked during climate negotiations.

The Youth4Climate event at Milan will offer young people from all over the world the opportunity to develop concrete proposals for Pre-COP26 in Milan and COP26 in Glasgow. The first two days will be dedicated to working groups, while the last day to a discussion between the young delegates and the Ministers attending the Pre-COP26.

Apply for Youth4Climate

Young people from around the world, can apply for a fully-funded ticket to attend the Youth4Climate event. The selection of youth participants will be carried out by the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Youth Envoy in collaboration with YOUNGO (the Youth Constituency at the UNFCCC), and an ad hoc Advisory Committee that has been set up. Italy will support the travel and accommodation expenses of the selected participants.

Click here to submit your application and apply!

Convened by the Government of Italy, the event will provide an unprecedented opportunity for young delegates to put forward ideas and concrete proposals on some of the most pressing issues on the climate agenda. Last date for submitting applications is 28 February 2021. The application should detail the ways you are working with and leading other young people to advance climate action.

For any further questions, click here to write to youthenvoy@un.org.

#SumItUp Competition

Here’s another way of applying to seek travel support for the Youth4Cliamte event. You can also enter the #SumItUp Competition by submitting a creative sum-up of your favorite #Youth4ClimateLive episode (click here) before the 31 March 2021 deadline.

Click here to participate in #SumItUp Competition

The application and the competition provide young people two opportunities to be part of this historic event, whether they are experienced climate activists or just starting their climate advocacy journey. 

Experienced young climate leaders are encouraged to submit their application for a chance to be one of two young people representing their country in Milan. Youth with creative communication skills and digital storytelling experience are invited to enter the #SumItUp Competition, where one winner will be chosen to travel to Milan and participate in the Youth4Climate event. 

To be eligible to attend, applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 29 and, if selected, all applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied to the event by a chaperone.

Aradhana Sharma

Aradhana Sharma is a nature lover based in South Delhi and takes keen interest in urging people to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.

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