Great opportunity for youth to get together from all over the world to discuss how to tackle climate change and to prepare for the next climate negotiation (COP23).

Mona H.

I attended COY11 in Paris. It was a great event. I hope COY 13 will be great as well.

Mohamed E.

I want to join COY13 because I want to make our planet change to the better. I don't want my children to live in a polluted world.

Elsa A.O.

COY13 is that one event in 2017 where young climate activists from all over the world gather to jointly fight climate change and safe their future and that of their planet!

Clara v. G.

To help share my work in the field of climate change and renewable energy and at the same time to learn how global youth have been involved and taking action for better world.

Phurpa L.

To meet the craziest mind and fearless young souls aiming to provide a more sustainable future for this beautiful world.

Sergio U.D.


What is the Conference of Youth (COY)?

The Conference of Youth (COY) is an official event of YOUNGO, the official youth-constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is an annual international gathering of young people passionate about environmental and climate change thematics, and takes places right before the annual UN Climate Change Conference, also known as Conference of Parties (COP). A COY is envisioned to have the following objectives:

  • providing capacity building and policy training to prepare youths for their involvement in the upcoming climate negotiations

  • facilitating the sharing of knowledge and experience in the broader context of climate change between the participants

  • building and enhancing youth networks and movements
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The first COY took place in 2005, when YOUNGO gathered ahead of COP11 in Montréal to prepare and raise the collective voice of youth to be heard at COP11 and ahead. A COY has featured ahead of every COP since, including Nairobi, Cancun, Durban and Paris among others, where it has been organised each time by local youth associations or organisations.

COY continues to involve international youth and their number has grown over the years. Moreover, in 2015, the idea of COY started spreading around the world and inspired young people to organise decentralised local Conferences of Youths (LCOYs), involving national and regional youth movements. The strong voices raised at those local COYs were also heard at the main COY and the COP.



Who or what is YOUNGO?

YOUNGO is the UNFCCC observer constituency of youth non-governmental organisations. It has received the provisional status as an observer constituency at COP15 in 2009 and could henceforth actively represent youth in meetings with officials or in climate negotiations.

YOUNGO consists of many youth-led organisations, groups, delegations and individuals working in climate change-related fields. YOUNGO is organised in different Working Groups that focus on different aspects of the UNFCCC negotiations and beyond, and work to ensure that perspectives of young and future generations are taken into account in the international decision making processes. Besides that, YOUNGO members observe and report on the climate negotiations and the implications of their outcomes.


Our Team

Those who made COY13 possible

COY13 is not organised as a collaborative approach of different organisations but rather in a joint effort of around 50 young individual volunteers who became the COY13-Team. They take care of the logistics, promotion and overall planning of the event. Youth Alliance for Future Energies (Jugendbündnis Zukunftsenergie) initiated the planning process and Eine-Welt-Netz NRW functions as the legal entity. Project Survival Pacific is involved in the planning representing the Pacific perspective on COY13. Also COY13-Team is collaborating with the COY Working Group of YOUNGO