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YOUTH FOR COP

Voices to ignite Climate Action

Young people are the climate fighters our world needs.
We need their
voice.
We need their action. 
We need their ideas.”

-ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

About the Program

The Climate Project Foundation is committed to nurturing the next generation of young climate leaders. This Youth for COP training program aims to equip young minds with essential skills and empower them to help shape a better future for all. As the stewards of our planet, today’s youth hold the key to bring about meaningful change. Our program aims to empower young people, equipping them with a deeper understanding of climate negotiations. They will be trained to share their ideas, concerns and solutions to be heard and learn how to navigate its intricacies. They will be prepared to energise their voices and participate in deliberation process at COP platform in the future. This pioneering initiative endeavours to cultivate leadership skills among youth participants encouraging them to ignite change through capacity building workshops, knowledge-sharing sessions, and networking opportunities.

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Goals

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DEVELOP NEGOTIATION & LEADERSHIP SKILLS

The training equips participants to understand climate negotiations better.

 

Foster leadership through expert lectures, workshops & simulating exercises for a more meaningful global impact.

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BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE GLOBAL NORTH
& SOUTH

Experience sharing & collaboration on Equity, Just Transition and on ground climate action.

Learn and execute projects targeting climate solutions / challenges in diverse geographic regions.

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SPREAD  AWARENESS OF THE COP PROCESS THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIA PLATFORMS

Utilise  media tools to engage with global youth.

Lead digital campaigns (blog posts, social media) to disseminate information on COP proceedings (day to day action, as it happens), as well as their implications and local scenarios.

Program Structure

Registration

Interested students can register for the ‘Youth for COP’ program for FREE by clicking on the registration link on this website. The registration form requires the students to fill their basic information and upload a passport size photo. The students need to submit a one page (max. 300 words) cover letter sharing details of past involvement in national or international events/workshops/conferences/on-ground climate action, including participation in climate policy making and negotiations, if any.

Benefits of Joining

BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF COP PROCESS

OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS

LEARN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION, ADVOCACY & MEDIA REPORTING

CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION &
NEGOTIATIONS

PLATFORM TO NETWORK AND MAKE CONNECTIONS

Conference of Parties (COP)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force on 21 March 1994. The 195 countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. Others are the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification. ​ The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP. Its key functions include reviewing the implementation of the Convention, assessing national communications and emission inventories, and making decisions necessary for effective implementation. The COP meets annually, unless otherwise decided by the Parties.​ The COP assesses the effects of measures taken by Parties and monitors progress toward the ultimate objective of the Convention. The venue of the COP rotates among the five recognized UN regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, and Western Europe and others.

COPs and Key Outcomes

Review of national communications and emission inventories submitted by Parties.

Berlin, Germany, 1995

Kyoto Protocol (legally binded developed countries to reduce emission targets)

Kyoto, Japan, 1997

Marrakesh Accord signed (set stage for ratification of Kyoto Protocol)

Marrakesh, Morocco, 2001

Delhi Declaration & Technology Transfer for Climate Change Mitigation.

New Delhi, India, 2002

Bali Action Plan on shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, technology & financing.

Bali, Indonesia, 2007

Adaptation Fund launched under Kyoto Protocol.

Poznan, Poland, 2008

Copenhagen Accord signed (Developed countries pledged up to $30 billion in fast start finance).

Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009

Green Climate Fund established & Cancun Agreement signed (for assisting developing nations).

Cancun, Mexico, 2010

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Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda (signed by 41 countries + India), Net Zero Targets (India @2070) & Phasing down coal based power.

Glasgow, UK, 2021

First Global Stocktake, approved Governing instrument for Loss and Damage Fund &  Financial  contribution by developed countries for Santiago Network.

UAE, Dubai, 2023

Upcoming.

Baku, Azerbaijan, 2024

Rulebook for Paris Agreement (actions to be taken as per NDCs).

Katowice, Poland, 2018

Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol (GHG emission reduction by 18% compared to

1990 levels).

Doha, Qatar, 2012

Warsaw Framework for REDD+

Warsaw, Poland, 2013

Paris Agreement adopted (limit global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and ideally to 1.5°C), Climate finance & $100 billion funding pledge.

Paris, France, 2015

Loss & Damage Fund established, G-7 led Global shield Financing Facility, African Carbon Market Initiative, Mangrove Alliance (India partnered) & Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience (AWARe) Initiative.

Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, 2022

Program Details

  • Registrations opening from: 05 June

  • Last date for Registration: 30 June

  • Eligibility: Age 18-30 years

 

  • Interest in climate action and advocacy

Partners

  • Who can apply for the Youth for COP training program?
    The program is open to young people passionate about climate action, typically aged between 18 and 30, who are eager to contribute to a sustainable and resilient planet.
  • How can I apply for the Youth for COP training program?
    Interested individuals can apply by filling out the registration form available on the Climate Project Foundation’s website. More details on specific application deadlines and other requirements will be provided there.
  • Can participants attend COP events in person?
    Yes, selected participants will have the opportunity to represent youth at COP events, either offline or online, depending on the seat availability & funding.
  • Will I receive a certificate upon completion?
    Yes, all participants who successfully complete 90% at all the stages of the training program will receive a certificate of completion.
  • What is the total duration of the training program engagement?
    The training program engagement lasts for a total of eight months including all modules and sessions, COP & post-COP.

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