COY13 is made up of more than 250 individual programme contributions, organised and performed by more than 600 young Climate Activists from all over the world. Everything the COY13 Organising Team did was fitting these contributions into an overall framework.
And here’s all the thousand colourful things planned to happen at COY13:
This is why COY13 is happening
The core objective of COY13 is to empower and strengthen young individuals and youth movements to take responsibility for and action against climate change. Both participants and programme contributors shall gather knowledge, experience and expertise by being actively involved in COY13.
Three main goals have been identified:
Capacity-building includes policy-training sessions and training in other every-day “tools” of an activist. Capacity-building also includes ensuring participants are up-to-date with recent scientific findings and political agendas. Sharing knowledge lays the foundation for successful participation in political and social processes. Furthermore, capacity-building focuses on enhancing existing youth movements, networks and organisations by showcasing best practices and providing space for the exchange of experiences.
Preparation for COP23
COY13 is a key preparatory event for YOUNGO members participating in the following COP23 climate negotiations. This includes both updating all YOUNGOs on the latest status of negotiations and discussing and developing policy-papers within the different Working Groups. This is key to bringing the voice of youth to the negotiations and making their participation in COP23 as effective and successful as possible.
COY13 wants to encourage participants to discover existing opportunities and find new creative solutions to face the many challenges of climate change and shape the future we want. These solutions will have to happen on different levels, including global, national, local and individual. Besides, creativity is also a means to process challenges and threats posed by climate change and make them more comprehensible.
what is COY13 about?
COY13 will be an opportunity to address a wide-ranging field of topics related to climate change and sustainability. As Fiji holds presidency of this year’s COP we will focus on the perspective of Small Island Developing States and the issue of Climate Justice. Furthermore, we want the programme to address the wide variety of theory of changes that are pursued by different parts of the youth climate movements, broadly falling under the category of activism and policy work.
Perspectives of Small Island Developing States
The Fijian COP23-Presidency has led to overall awareness of the perspectives of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), that are vulnerable and that are disproportionately more affected by the impacts of climate change.
Climate Justice puts climate change and climate action in the broader social and environmental context. This includes aspects such as intergenerational equity, gender, human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. Climate justice also recognises the responsibilities of the Global North due to their historic emissions. Building on this thematic, the participants will be encouraged to reflect not only about the current challenges in the international decision making process, but also about their personal responsibilities towards the Mother Nature.
COY13 will connect multiple strands and approaches of activism to spark discussion and share skills required in the fields of policy and actions. This also includes possibilities to develop national, regional or international networks and movements, and to showcase how individuals can get actively involved.
Policy and Advocacy
Bearing in mind that current negotiations at COP23 are highly technical, COY13 will provide policy training for young participants at COP23. There will be content-related sessions regarding topics addressed in the upcoming sessions of COP, APA, SBI and SBSTA. Furthermore, workshop sessions will share the necessary knowledge and skills for working with policy documents and advocating youth positions in various circumstances.