COY13 attracted over 1,000 young people from more than 100 different nationalities. Over the three days of the conference, approximately 200 programme sessions took place. These sessions focused on three main points: inform, sensitize and activate. Apart from that, many organisations were present at COY13 to showcase that youth is needed to accelerate climate action. In general, participants used COY13 to learn from each other about successful engagement in climate activism and advocacy.

The 13th Conference of Youth (COY13) is an official event of YOUNGO, the youth-constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COY13 took place in Bonn from the 2 to 4 November 2017. It is an international gathering of youth who are passionate about climate change topics. At the start of COY13, the 1300 participants were invited to contribute to a final document. This document intends to give an insight to the topics discussed during the conference.

In general, this document intends to inspire climate activists around the globe. People can retrace what has been discussed and displayed. It also reflects the energy and effort that contributors and the participants have put into turning this COY into a successful event. It outlines the reflection upon three concrete topics of COY13: Climate Justice, Activism, and Policy and Advocacy.

Various inputs were used for developing this document. The Final Output team attended and documented programme sessions such as the Talanoa sessions. Talanoa is a Fijian process of getting together and listening to each other’s stories. It prioritizes listening to each other over achieving the most effective outcome. Also, the Final Output Team reached out to participants for input and feedback via placards and online surveys.

This document is written by Youth in a non-technical manner. It is a compilation of problems, suggestions, and projects of pressing climate change issues. The final output does not claim to cover all topics and discussions of COY13 in full and is not intended to be a policy document. We would like to thank all contributors for their dedication and commitment.

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