Youth from islands and from around the world have led many grassroots movements and groundbreaking initiatives. They play an increasingly prominent role in calling for action to address climate change. However, they are often faced with complex barriers in their work and activism, and have very rarely been invited into the conversations of policy makers.
The Glasgow Climate Pact, agreed at COP26 in 2021, urged “Parties and stakeholders to ensure meaningful youth participation and representation in multilateral, national and local decision-making processes, including under the Convention and the Paris Agreement”. Intergenerational dialogues are now essential to move forward. Indeed, ensuring that youth voices are being amplified and that they are included in public level climate discussions and policy briefings must be a priority. However, it is important for these voices to not be a marketing tool (‘youthwashing’) for politicians and corporates’ agendas.
For the first time, young people across the world are taking a seat at the negotiations table at COP27 amid global political and economic instability. The conference comprises a dedicated Children and Youth Pavilion at the heart of the negotiation space, known as the “Blue Zone”. The Pavilion is entirely organized by 14 youth-led entities and institutions supporting youth engagement and inclusion – including Fridays for Future, the Global Indigenous Indigenous Youth Caucus and the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition. Different youth-led sessions will take place during Youth and Future Generations Day tomorrow, and throughout the two weeks of the conference. Let’s amplify young people’s voices!
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