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Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition - proposals and recommendations from the young participants to be discussed with government representatives

It has just ended the selection process of the young people who will participate at this September’s event "Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition” in Milano. Their proposals and ideas will be discussed the day after with government representatives attending PreCop26.

The results of the meeting will be later brought to the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Glasgow in November, as well as shared in other United Nations meetings concerning sustainable development.

The young participants, who are aged between 15 and 29, have been identified in the respect of the geographical and gender balance. The selection rewarded activism on the issues of climate change and sustainable development. Based on responses to a six-question questionnaire, those who demonstrated strategic thinking, leadership and motivation skills have been selected.

At the heart of the meeting in Milan there will be four major themes and some sub-themes. For each of these the participants are called to formulate proposals.

1.   Youth Driving Ambition: to encourage the participation of young people in decision-making processes, with the aim of contributing to the increase of climate ambition and implementing concrete actions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Sub-themes: local, national and multilateral dimensions.

2.  Sustainable recovery: how to combine economic recovery from the pandemic with the implementation of the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Sub-themes: energy transition and green jobs, adaptation and resilience, nature based solutions, financial flows and tourism.

3.  Non-state actors' engagement: the role played by non-governmental actors in the fight against climate change and in sectors that impact the daily life of young people. Sub-themes: food, entrepreneurship, sport, fashion, arts.

4.  Climate conscious society: building a society that is more aware of climate challenges. Sub-themes: showcasing impacts and solutions, education, public awareness and mobilization, media.

On 30 September a final document will be adopted. This document will be discussed with the representatives of the governments who will meet in the following three days at the PreCop and then in Glasgow in November. Italy's commitment is that the voice of young people may continue to be heard in subsequent international negotiations: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, ECOSOC and future UNFCCC meetings.

The Call 

The 2019 Youth Summit in New York 



 Towards COP26 - Placencia Forum


In a crucial moment of global awareness about the climate emergency and the risks affecting biodiversity, the Placencia Forum on Ambition was held from 20 to 22 April (virtually) with the participation of the main actors in climate change negotiations.

The Forum has been promoted by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and explored the particular opportunities to be seized for greater decarbonisation and to increase resilience to the effects of climate change, including through examples from the experience of small island states, the most vulnerable to the climate change consequences.

The Forum discussed the most appropriate processes to keep the temperature within 1.5°C, the drivers to increase ambition and opportunities to implement climate action together with other countries, international organisations and other stakeholders. The aim was understanding, according to the organizers, how to make it as strategic as possible, for Small Island States, to update the national emission reduction targets (NDC) that each country is called to submit to the UNFCCC by 2020.

The Placencia Forum, which was attended by the Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection Sergio Costa, is an important step in the process towards COP26 and the Preparatory Conference to be held in 2021. Among others, UN Secretary General António Guterres, COP26 President-Designate and UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and COP25 President Minister Carolina Schmidt participated.

The Minister for the Environment Sergio Costa recalled Italy's commitment in view of COP26: "I want to underline - said the Minister during the Forum closing plenary videoconference - that Italy will organize, in the framework of the preparatory events - when health conditions will allow it - an important meeting with young people on climate change, Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition Pre-COP. The event will offer to about 400 young people from all over the world the opportunity to develop concrete proposals that will give an essential input to the negotiation process of Pre-COP26 in Milan and COP26 in Glasgow. Our purpose is to give young people the opportunity to display their proposals directly to the ministers and negotiators who will participate in the Pre-COP with the goal of ensuring an inclusive and transparent debate".