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SUBMITTOR | Who can submit a proposal for Programme Contributions?

Individuals or entities that have experiences related to various aspects of climate change, environment conservation, climate activism, education, policy or art. Entities could be, but are not limited to, NGOs, inter-governmental institutions, networks, groups.

OBJECTIVES | What are the objectives of our programme?

The programme will be designed to serve an international audience with various backgrounds and experiences. The core objective of COY13 is to empower and strengthen young individuals and youth movements by providing space for

  • capacity building

  • preparation for COP23

  • creative solutions

More information about the objectives can be found above.

TOPICS | What topics are addressed at COY13?

COY13 will feature a broad range of topics related to climate policy, climate activism and sustainability. Since Fiji holds presidency of this year’s COP23, a particular focus will be the perspective of small island states and various aspects of climate justice. More details about the main topics can be found above.

TARGET GROUPS | Who will be at the COY13?

COY13 addresses young people, most aged between 15-35, from all around the world. Three different target groups are expected to join COY13:

  1. YOUNGO members: COY13 connects young people who are participating in UNFCCC processes. Most of them belong to YOUNGO, the youth constituency to UNFCCC. YOUNGO consists of all young individuals and youth-led organisations or groups which participate in UNFCCC processes and at the climate negotiations. COY13 serves as a platform to prepare YOUNGO members for COP23.
  2. Climate Activists: COY13 invites Climate Activists who are not involved in the COP23 negotiations. This group consists of individuals, grassroots movements and organisations that actively engage with climate change. Also, the COY will be an opportunity to develop and prepare actions and solidarity events around COP23.
  3. Prospective members of climate movements: COY13 invites individuals who are not yet active members of climate movements and encourages their involvement. This group may be interested in getting an overview of the key issues in the negotiation process.

PROGRAMME CONTRIBUTION TYPES | What kind of Programme Contributions are we looking for?

We expect that contributions will address at least one of the three target groups (YOUNGO members, climate activists and prospective members of climate movements). A Programme Contribution could be, for example, workshops, debates, art performances, exhibitions, and many more. As the overall goal is to empower the participants and young Programme Contributors, we especially welcome concepts that encourage active involvement and learning-by-doing.

DURATION | How long can a Programme Contribution be?

The duration of programme contributions should be planned to last around either 90 or 180 minutes. In some exceptional cases – with plausible argumentation – it is possible to extend the duration.

LANGUAGES | In which languages can a Programme Contribution be held?

We intend to create a programme accessible for all to cater to an international, diverse audience. Experience from previous COYs indicates that the main languages are English, French, German or Spanish. Programme Contributions are encouraged to be held in one of these languages. As many participants will speak English as a second language, it is recommended that this is taken into consideration. Unfortunately, we cannot provide translation services.

VENUE | What venue and premises will be used?

COY13 will take place in a school. Therefore, most of the programme will take place in classrooms with an optimal capacity of 30-40 people. Basic conference equipment and infrastructure will be provided (including projector, access to internet, etc.). We will get in touch with all selected programme contributors around mid-September to share more details and assess equipment and infrastructure needs.

MULTIPLE PROPOSALS | Can I submit more than one Programme Contribution Proposal?

Principally, any individual or entity can submit more than one proposal – provided they reasonably differ in content and/or method. Nevertheless, COY13 intends to provide a programme which is as diverse as possible in both the topics and origins of its contributors.

FUNDING | Will COY13 provide any financial help for the contributions?

Due to a minimal budget, we cannot cover any costs for your contribution, including remuneration and allowances. We are planning to set up an art space and provide some materials. We will confirm details of this in the beginning of September.

SELECTION CRITERIA | What are the selection criteria?

  • Programme Contributions will be selected in line with the objectives and topics of COY13 and the experience of the contributors.

  • Concepts that foster interaction and actively involve participants are preferred.

  • The final selection of Programme Contributions will consider a balance of contributors based on regions, affiliation and gender identity (in case of individual contribution).

  • In case of two very similar proposals, priority will be given to youth-led organisations over institutions without a specific focus on youth and to younger over older individual contributors.

  • Please note that profit-making activities will not be accepted

TIMELINE | What is the timeline for submissions?

Applications can be submitted until Sunday, 27 August 2017, 23.59 GMT only through the official submission form. You will be informed by 2 September if your Programme Contribution proposal is accepted.

SUBMISSION | Does the submission mean that my proposed contribution will be part of the COY13 Programme?

No. The COY13 Team will select a coherent and diverse programme out of the submitted Programme Contribution proposals. At previous COYs, more proposals were submitted than slots were available. Therefore, we reserve the right to reject Programme Contribution proposals without further explanation. By submitting a proposal you agree to the outlined procedure.

The more comprehensible and detailed the responses to the form are the better we can estimate the suitability of the proposal.