From the 2nd to 4th November about 1000 young people from all around the world will gather at the Integrated Comprehensive School Bonn-Beuel to participate in the 13th Conference of Youth (COY13) under its motto ‘’Talanoa Mada – Youth accelerating Climate Action’’.
Initiated in 2005 by the UN youth constituency YOUNGO, COY is an international youth climate conference that has been held annually just prior to and at the same place as the UN climate summit. As such, this year sees the city of Bonn hosting both COP23 as well as COY13.
This years slogan connects the youth conference with the COP23-presidency of Fiji and thus with the perspective of small island developing states. Talanoa Mada describes the fijian way of an open and honest dialogue, which generates empathy and sympathy for each other. This process is supposed to initiate discussions about how the international youth can advance climate politics.
Besides serving as a preparatory event for youth involved in the COP23 climate negotiations, COY13 offers a first introduction to climate change and protection related topics and will provide the opportunity to network and foster dynamic exchange.
The multilingual programme consisting of 200 workshops, speeches and discussions is a great chance to gain and share knowledge in topics like climate change, climate politics, activism, and sustainability.
Hence, COY13 intends to empower and enable young people and movements to take responsibility in fighting climate change.
COY13 is organized by the German Youth Alliance for Future Energies (Klimadelegation des Jugendbündnis Zukunftsenergie, JBZE), Project Survival Pacific, and many other young individual volunteers, in cooperation with YOUNGO.
COY13 is financially supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Evangelischer Kirchlicher Entwicklungsdienst, WWF and WWF Youth, Katholischer Fonds, Freundinnen und Freunde der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Young Friends of the Earth Germany and Urgewald. Moreover COY13 is endorsed and supported by the UNFCCC Secretariat and the City of Bonn, with its mayor Ashok Sridharan serving as patron.