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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.

 

February 26, 2021
Driving Local Action

 Virtual event
 REGISTRATION PAGE
: https://youth4climate.live/register

 Time: 16:00-17:00 CEST - 10:00-11:00 am EDT 

 Type: open

 Format: discussion, italian translation available

 Description

The last episode of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series will be focused on the role of cities and local communities in the fight against climate change, including by discussing historical and recent challenges and opportunities, as well as ways to further enhance cities’ role and action at the global level. Moreover, modalities and solutions to foster youth and indigenous peoples’ participation at the local level will be addressed.

The session will open with an introductory video message by Environment Minister, Roberto Cingolani. The webinar will be attended by Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, João Henrique Campos, Mayor of Recife, and will end with key special messages of the key actors of the COP26.

Three youth representatives will then join the discussion, to provide their view on the following questions:

• How do you think local climate measures can benefit from the contribution of youth and indigenous peoples?

• What are you doing to engage your city or local community to that purpose?

• What are the barriers for enhanced engagement and participation of youth in shaping cities and local communities’
    policies and actions on climate change?

 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

Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan (Italy).
He will describe the actions undertaken for the city of Milan to fight climate change.
João Henrique Campos, Mayor of Recife (Brazil).
He will describe the actions undertaken for the city of Recife to fight climate change.

 

 

Youth Speakers

Sarah Farheen Khan (Bangladesh)
Programme Assistant, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Country Co-coordinator YOUNGO.
Lodovica Cattani (Italy)
Organizer LCOY Italy (Conference Of Youth on climate change) and Country Co-coordinator for Italy COY16.
Neeshad Shafi (Qatar)
Co-Founder Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCMQA).

High-level pre-recorded video messages

Roberto Cingolani
Minister for Environment, Land and Sea (Italy)
 
Alok Sharma
COP26 President, the United Kingdom
Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Patricia Espinoza
Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

 

Webinars

 
22 January 2021 - Driving Adaptation & Resilience
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 8 - A useful reading for your participation
Video
Webinar info
 
11 December 2020 - Driving Innovation & Entrepreneurship
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 7 - A useful reading for your participation 
Video 
Webinar info 
 
 
November 18, 2020 - Driving Ambition
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 6 - A useful reading for your participation
Video
Webinar info
 
October 23, 2020 - Driving Empowerment: Protecting the Most Vulnerable 
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 5 - A useful reading for your participation
Video
Webinar info
 
 
September 25, 2020  - Driving Nature-based Solutions 
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 4 - A useful reading for your participation
Video
Webinar info
 
August 28, 2020 - Driving Youth Action
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 3 - A useful reading for your participation
Video
Webinar info
 
 
July 24, 2020 - Driving Sustainable Recovery
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 2 - A useful reading for your participation
Video 
Webinar info
June 26, 2020 - #Youth4Climate Live Series - Launch Event
SumItUp - The Lowdown on Episode 1 - A useful reading for your participation
Video
Webinar info