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“Youth for Climate Live”: a series of virtual events starting on June 26

 

 

 

 

     

The Italian Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Connect4Climate - World Bank Group and the Office of Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, as part of the initiatives organized in the run-up to the COP26 (Glasgow, November 2021), launches an ambitious program of virtual and interactive meetings addressed to young people around the world, with a view to the special events that will both take place in Milan same year: "Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition", 28-30 September, and of the Pre-Cop26, 30 September-2 October, to which, for the first time, young people will personally bring a contribution to negotiations.  

In the light of the exceptional period imposed by the Covid-19 emergency, the virtual meetings program aims to keep high attention towards the role of young people in climate change action in view of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (Glasgow, United Kingdom, November 2021). 

The webinars program, entitled "Youth4Climate Live Series: Driving Momentum Towards Pre-COP26", includes one meeting per month, from June to February 2020. The topics will be divided into general macro-themes, which aim to combine the negotiation on climate change with policies for sustainable development at the global level, starting with those promoted by the United Nations agencies, placing young people at the center of the caution. For example, the following topics will be discussed: green and sustainable recovery, adaptation, resilience, local action, innovation and business.

Each meeting will be hosted on an interactive platform, through which the young participants will be able to share information, ask questions and present proposals.

Each event will be moderated by two young people: the outgoing President of the International Forestry Students’ Association, Salina Abraham, and the poet and writer, Ahmed Badr. 

In particular, each meeting will offer a virtual discussion in which three young people will present to two representatives of the international institutions some proposals or ideas to inspire and mobilize other young people on the macro-themes indicated from time to time. The “lessons learned” issue will be also treated.

The novelty of these meetings is that all those who will be connected will be able to take part in the discussion, both through social networks and by interacting through the platform.

 

September 25, 2020
Driving Nature-based Solutions

  Virtual event 
  Registration page: https://youth4climate.live/register

 Time: 16:00 CEST - 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT

 Type: open

 Format: discussion, italian translation available

 Description

The scope of the webinar is to share experiences, collect innovative ideas, acknowledge concerns and aspirations of young people when it comes toconserve, restore and use nature in a sustainable manner while enhancing nature-based solutions implementation.

It will feature the participation of World Health Organization Special Envoy on COVID-19, David Nabarro, and Christiana Figueres, former UNFCCC Executive Secretary and currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader and Mission2020 Convenor. At the end there will also be three video messages: from the United Kingdom Minister for Pacific and the Environment, Lord Zac Goldsmith, from the Italian Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York, Mariangela Zappia, and three young officials of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, country of the Presidency of the next Convention on Biological Diversity.

Young people will be asked to address one or more of the following areas:

• exploring relations among climate change, nature and health;
• building back better through natural solutions that strengthen the resilience of our communities;
• protecting, conserving and restoring nature and ensuring its sustainable use through youth-led local and global action.

By highlighting one or more of the following aspects.

1.   Lesson learnt. Building upon progress made during pre-COVID, what are the lessons learnt from COVID-19, also including the new methods of engagement it offers,in relation to:

• One-Health – the interlinked nature of planetary and human health;
• political agendas, priorities and social change at a national level; 
• global crises: biodiversity loss and climate change.

2.   Proposal. How we can further mainstream biodiversity considerations into climate and development strategies; as well as COVID-19 recovery plans.

• Are there good examples of nature-based solutions in COVID-19 recovery plans? What are the factors of success? Which narrative, framing or method of advocacy
   has been most successful in showcasing their importance? Where does youth inclusion fit into these conversations?

3.   Mobilization. How we can mobilize young people to protect, conserve, restore and sustainably use natural resources.

• Is the current global pandemic influencing policy discussions? And how?
• Building upon examples of youth action and related successful stories before COVID-19 outbreak, what are the high priority areas where youth can mobilize
   for the greatest impact?
• In which areas and fields, are youth already taking the lead with nature-based solutions?

 

 Documents: Concept note

ITEM AND SPEAKERS

Moderators

Salina Abraham
Outgoing President of the International Forestry Students’ Association and former coordinator of the Youth in Landscapes Initiative.

Ahmed Badr
Writer, multi-media artist, social entrepreneur, the Founder of Narratio and a former Iraqi refugee working at the intersection of creativity, displacement, and youth empowerment.

High-Level Speakers

David Nabarro, World Health Organization Special Envoy on COVID-19.
He will be invited to illustrate the links between destruction of biodiversity and COVID-19 outbreak, and their impacts on human health while sharing the lessons learned and how to build upon through green COVID rescue plans.
Christiana Figueres, Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader and Mission2020 Convenor.
She will address how biodiversity and climate change policies and related strategies can be further integrated through nature-based solutions and how the youth community can help and support biodiversity priorities and ambitions reach a “Paris Agreement moment”, both locally and internationally

Youth Speakers

Archana Soreng (India).
Environmental activist, former president of the TISS student union and member of the newly established of Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Vanessa Nakate (Uganda).
Climate justice activist, Founder of the Youth for Future Africa and the likewise Africa based Rise Up Movement.

Claudel Pétrin-Desrosiers (Canada).
President of the Quebec Association of Physicians for the Environment (AQME) and board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE).

Pre-recorded video messages

H.E. Lord Zac Goldsmith
Minister for Pacific and the Environment, United Kingdom

H.E. Mariangela Zappia
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York
 

 

Webinars

 

  August 28, 2020
  Driving Youth Action

   Video
   Webinar info

 

 

 

  July 24, 2020
  Driving Sustainable Recovery

   Video
   Webinar info

 

 

 

  June 26, 2020
  #Youth4Climate Live Series - Launch Event

   Video
   Webinar info