Climate change represents the biggest threat to sustainable development and is causing widespread, unprecedented impacts that disproportionately burden the poorest, marginalized and most vulnerable, including young people. Tackling climate change is critical to pave the way towards a sustainable future and, with more than 1.8 billion young people in the world, youth are critical stakeholders in climate action. However, young people remain underrepresented in decision-making processes due to the lack of technical, political and financial support, discrimination related to age, gender, experience and capabilities as well as lack of access to information. These barriers continue to hamper youth meaningful engagement and influence on climate action and other development process. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the consequences of inequalities, injustice and the marginalization of youth and has simply exposed the full extent of human vulnerability.
UNDP’s work on youth, climate action and justice, the environment and human rights has expanded and deepened in past years, especially through the Climate Promise, the Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace and the NDC Support Programme. In 2020, UNDP hosted a global consultation on “Youth meaningful participation as a turning point for climate action and NDC ambition” (July-August 2020), followed by a workshop with Youth Delegates on “Enhancing young people’s meaningful participation in climate action accelerating progress on the ground” in December 2020. Alongside these global initiatives, UNDP has been organizing regional consultations and national workshops on climate action and youth throughout 2020 and 2021.
In this context, in the lead up to COP26 and beyond, UNDP is launching the “Youth Climate Tour”, a series of country dialogues featuring UNDP’s work on climate in partnership with youth stakeholders across different countries and regions. The outcome of this dialogue series will be featured in Climate Promise reports where relevant, newsletters and updates and captured in a crisp report that will be published on UNDP’s Sparkblue webpage.
Through these weekly dialogues held in local languages, UNDP aims to:
Hear about examples of UNDP’s support to youth meaningful participation in climate action across different countries and regions;
Present and brainstorm on methodologies for youth engagement at the national/local level;
Identify successful stories, promising practices and entry points for enhanced support, collaboration and joint implementation in the context of the Climate Promise and beyond.
Half an hour virtual dialogue convened by UNDP global team, with the participation of one presentative of UNDP’s country offices and one youth partners (to be identified by UNDP CO), highlighting UNDP’s main activities, projects, programmes and partnerships on youth and climate.
Use of local languages is welcomed.
These dialogues will be recorded for reporting purposes and will be published on UNDP4Youth YouTube channel, if agreed in advanced.
REGISTER in advance by clicking on this link
Watch the episodes and presentations in this Trello board!
- Episode 1: 22 June 8:00 am EST - 8:30 am EST: North Macedonia
- Episode 2: 29 June 8:00 am EST - 8:30 am EST: Rwanda
- Episode 3: 6 July 7:00 am EST - 7:30 am EST: Malaysia
- Episode 4: 13 July 12:00 pm EST - 12:30 pm EST: Honduras
- Episode 5: 27 July 10:00 am EST - 10:30 am EST: Panama
- Episode 6: 27 July 11:00 am EST - 11:30 am EST: São Tomé e Príncipe
- Episode 7: 10 August 8:am EST - 8:30 am EST: Lebanon
- Episode 8: 7 September 8:00 am EST - 8:30 am EST: South Africa
- Episode 9: 14 September 8:00 am EST - 8:30 am EST: Iraq
- Episode 10: 5 October: 9:30 EST - 10:00 EST: Niger
- Episode 11: 5 October: 11:00 EST - 11:30 EST: Argentina