In 1994, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force. It is an international treaty which aims to limit manmade climate change. Ever since, the United Nations brings all countries in the world for an annual conference on climate change, named Conference of Parties (COP). Some of the most famous achievements of COPs are the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
How does it relate to our conference?
The UNFCCC aims to include representation of all members of the society, for example of children and youth. Hence, YOUNGO, the official children and youth constituency to the UNFCCC was established. One of the main initiatives of YOUNGO is organizing Conferences of Youth (COYs). Every year, the Global COY takes place in the same place as COP and numerous Local COYs are organized around the world.
LCOY organizers bring the annual climate negotiations to their home countries and make sure that words are turned into action. At LCOYs, young people connect to each other, teach, learn, and organise themselves to make their voices heard to our state leaders. LCOYs form a network in which youth can connect across borders and explore ways to collaborate on a regional and global level. If you would like to learn more about COYs, you can check out the official website.
This year, for the first time LCOY is coming to Poland. We are very excited about it and we hope to see you in Katowice in October!