New Inter-Agency Publication Highlights Youth Action on Climate Change

11 June 2013, Bonn, Germany. Young people are increasingly aware of the challenges and opportunities that the necessary transition to low carbon growth entails, and many are joining the global dialogue on solutions, getting involved and taking action. In order to highlight concrete work young people do to incite their governments and the international community to scale up action on climate change and raise ambition towards a post-2020 climate change regime, UN CC:Learn participated in the development of the publication Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspiration from around the World, a collaborative effort of the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change aiming at highlighting concrete activities young people are leading around the world. The publication was launched at a Bonn Climate Change Conference side event organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 11 June 2013. 

"Education is the fundamental entry point for nurturing future leaders in the area of climate change”, says Angus Mackay from the UN CC:Learn Secretariat. “It can help develop the core competences necessary for individuals to be able to promote low carbon and climate-resilient development. It can inspire these individuals to achieve a deeper understanding of the nature of vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, as well as how people can continue to prosper and grow in the face of increasing uncertainty. The UN CC:Learn partnership places a special emphasis on working with education systems in countries that are very vulnerable to climate change, providing educators with new ideas, materials, sources of information and funding." 

The booklet is designed as a tool and a source of inspiration for developing and carrying out projects, initiatives and campaigns to increase awareness of the causes and impacts of climate change, promote sustainable lifestyles and advance green low-carbon development. It is divided into themes that regroup various activities that have been designed, implemented and promoted by children and youth around the world on the issue of climate change:

  • Uncovering mitigation potential;
  • Gearing up for the storm;
  • Nurturing young leaders;
  • Spreading the message;
  • Shaping the future climate change regime.

The United Nations system recognizes the key role that youth play in tackling climate change and works closely with youth-led and youth-focused organizations around the world through the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change. Since 2008, the Joint Framework Initiative has been coordinating efforts of 16 intergovernmental entities and many youth organizations to empower youth to take adaptation and mitigation actions and enhance effective participation of youth in climate change policy decision-making processes. 

Members of the Joint Framework Initiative include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNFCCC), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Programme on Youth, the UN Volunteers (UNV), the World Bank.

To access the publication: http://unfccc.int/cc_inet/files/cc_inet/information_pool/application/pdf/youth_pub_2013_en_m.pdf.