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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 2021 pre-COP26 in Milan, Italy and COP26, launches an ambitious program of virtual and interactive meetings addressed to young people around the world, with a view to special event "Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition" and of the Pre-Cop26, which will both take place in Milan in autumn 2021 and 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 previous coordinator of the Youth Global Landscapes Forum, 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.




June 26, 2020
#Youth4Climate Live Series - Launch Event

  Virtual event
  REGISTRATION PAGE: https://bit.ly/youth4climate-live-series

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

 Type: open

 Format: discussion, italian translation available 

The session will launch and introduce the #Youth4Climate virtual event series, exploring what youth expectations are for the series and setting out where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we want to go in regards to stronger youth engagement. Moderators Salina Abraham and Ahmed Badr will introduce the series and guide the conversation between the live guests while encouraging interaction with the young audience through Q&As, polls, and games to ensure broader engagement. Pre-recorded video messages from high-level speakers such as Environment Minister Sergio Costa (Italy), COP26 President Alok Sharma and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Ms. Patricia Espinosa will spark a dynamic discussion between three representatives of the global youth climate movement about their expectations and recommendations in the lead-up to Pre-COP and COP26. 

 Documents: Concept note 



Salina Abraham
Senior officer at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), 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 pre-recorded video messages

Sergio Costa, Minister for Environment, Land and sea (Italy), would introduce Italy’s partnership with the UK and its role as host of the Pre-COP and in-person Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event.


Alok Sharma, COP26 President and Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, would introduce the UK’s partnership with Italy and its role as host of COP26, outlining the priorities of the upcoming COP.

Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, would introduce the main outcomes of COP25 and highlight the importance of youth voices within the COP process.


Youth leaders

Marie-Claire Graf
YOUNGO Focal and youth advocate for sustainable development and climate action.


Elizabeth Wathuti
Environmental and climate activist from Kenya, the fourth recipient of Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award and founder of Green Generation Initiative, which nurtures young people to love nature and be conscious of the environment.

 Selina Neirok Leem
Environmental Activist, Marshall Islands.