The Conference of Youth (COY) is an international event where youth around the world gather on the theme of climate change in connection with the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year, the host country of the COP is Morocco. Thus, the COY will be held in Marrakesh for three days from November 4th to November 6th, right before the COP22.
Since 2005, the COY has been held every year, a few days before the COP with YOUNGO being its advisor. Given that YOUNGO is the official youth constituency at the UNFCCC since 2009 and aims to connect Youth NGOs around the world. The COY is run by youth organisations of the host country of the COP. In 2016, COY12 is hosted by the Moroccan Youth organizations
Participants of the COY are not only youth negotiators. All young people are invited to take part in the various workshops, lectures from specialists and exhibitions, all under the theme of climate change. Also, this year is an extremely important year as the COP22 aims at the implementation of the Paris agreement.
The COY12 will bring together young passionate global citizens from around the world to address climate change and promote sustainable lifestyles. Under the aspiration of enhancing the exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices in order to strengthen the international youth climate movement and implicate next generations in developing climate solutions and actions.
This status allows them not only to strengthen their presence within the negotiations but also to take part in it, in the same way as other stakeholders in order to make the voice of young people better heard inside the UNFCCC. Ever since, young people from the IYCM group of the UNFCCC joined YOUNGO, which is officially the Constituency of youth NGOs, accredited as observers to the UNFCCC. In fact, YOUNGO stands as a dynamic network of more than 2.000 young people from the entire world.
The International Youth Climate Movement (IYCM) is the largest international network of youth involved in climate change issues. Young individuals, national organizations or national and/or transnational organizations networks lead all year long projects of awareness and mobilization in order to inspire and federate more young people on climate stakes. Besides, they organize advocacy activities on various issues such as, climate change education or widely on subjects linked to climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.
Within the climate conferences (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), young citizens participate since the beginning of the process.
In 2009, they obtained a special status. The secretary of the UNFCCC and all member States recognized youth as a real group, following the examples of research workers, NGOs, women, indigenous people, unions, local authorities, farmers and companies.
During the climate negotiations, youth, in the framework of YOUNGO, organizes various activities in order to :
Promote debates on several issues such as climate change education.
Remind the representatives of governments their moral duty in these negotiations.
Ensure the link between the young people who cannot participate to the COPs (being part of the IYCM or not) and keep them updated on the evolution of the negotiations.
Water is the primary medium through which climate change influences Earth’s ecosystem and thus the livelihood and well-being of societies. Higher temperatures and changes in extreme weather conditions are projected to affect availability and distribution of rainfall, snowmelt, river flows and groundwater, and further deteriorate water quality.
For poor countries that have always faced hydrologic variability, climate change will make water security even more difficult and costly to achieve. Climate change may also reintroduce water security challenges in countries that for a hundred years have enjoyed reliable water supplies and few, if any, water shocks. Much of the developing world will have to cope with droughts and/or the growing risk of flooding.
Energy production and use account for two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. In recent years, progress has been made in developing cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, but the energy sector must play a critical role if efforts to reduce emissions are to succeed.
Energy production and use account for twothirds of the world’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, meaning that the pledges made at COP21 have to bring deep cuts in these emissions through submitted INDCs by the parties, while yet sustaining the growth of the world economy, boosting energy security around the world and bringing modern energy to the billions who lack it today.
Migration, climate change and environment are interrelated. Just as environmental degradation and disasters can cause migration, movement of people can also entail significant effects on surrounding ecosystems.
Women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men—primarily as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihood on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. Furthermore, they face social, economic and political barriers that limit their coping capacity.
Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps young people understand and address the impact of global warming, encourages changes in their attitudes and behavior and helps them adapt to climate change-related trends.
Education and awareness-raising play an essential role in increasing the climate change adaptation and mitigation capacities of communities by enabling individuals to make informed decisions. Education helps learners understand the causes and consequences of climate change, prepares them to live with the impacts of climate change, and empowers women and men to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.
Biodiversity is affected by climate change, with negative consequences for human well-being, but biodiversity, through the ecosystem services it supports, also makes an important contribution to both climate-change mitigation and adaptation.
A fundamental proposition of climate justice is that those who are least responsible for climate change suffer its gravest consequences. Concepts of justice, particularly environmental justice and social justice examine issues such as equality, human rights, collective rights, and the historical responsibilities for climate change.
Climate change affects social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress.
International Federation of Medical Students Associations
Moroccan Youth Climate Movement
Action Jeunesse FMAS
Association Marocaine des Petits Debrouillards
Jeune Chambre Internationale - Maroc
Collectif Action Verte
Forum of Moroccan Alternative Solutions
I Change Before Climate Changes
ASSID pour le développement durable
According to the principle of intergenerational equity that is recognized by the framework agreement of the United Nations on Climate Change, youth are considered as a key element of the negotiation axes during the COP. Indeed, since 2005, YOUNGO (accredited by the UNFCCC Secretariat) organize annually the Conference Of Youth (COY), in order to convey the youth’s voice during the COP negotiations.
For its 12th edition, the Conference of Youth will take place in Marrakesh and will have as a main goal to consolidate the recommendations of the COY11, to translate them as commitment and proposals addressed to the UNFCCC Secretariat and to the COP22 presidency.
In addition, this conference will also be an opportunity to expose all young people’s initiatives and to structure action networks around the targets set during it. It has the additional and exclusive vocation to strengthen capacities and support young people’s initiatives around the African continent, in order to make the actors converge to act in favor of the obstacles that the future generations will face in this continent.
The youth is a key actor in questions related to climate change, there will never be a leader society for the generations to come, if they do not participate actively in its development.
Given this context, young people should from now forward have an efficient role on the international sphere; which has to be valorized in an international calendar. The COY12’s goal is to constitute this international calendar, in order to encourage youth’s initiatives on one hand, and to witness young people’s dynamic towards climate on another, which is primordial during the COY. Therefore, the propositional strength takes a bigger extent if it is registered in the track of a worldwide youth sum of initiatives.
Thereby, the COY12 steering committee invites the holders of initiatives to establish a COY12 labeling of their events and projects, in order to retrace and appreciate all the initiatives that took place since theCOP21. Furthermore, this label allows the recognition of youth actions in an international dynamic that is backed by the movements engaged in the holding of different COYs.
All initiative holders, inscribed in the fight against climate change, are actors potentially eligible to the COY12/COP22 label. In view of the important number of actors, namely associations, groups, student clubs acting in favor of climate within the 12th edition of the Conference Of Youth are encouraged to label their initiatives, likewise, to facilitate the accreditation process to the COY12.
- Share the values advocated by the COY12.
- Take part of action in the themes that will be treated during the COY12 and that are listed in the form.
- Meet the requirements of the label’s use which will be communicated to you after having filled the form.
- Young people have to be the first actors of this action.
- Adopt an inclusive and participatory approach.
- Not use the label for political purposes but for citizen purposes.
Thus, please find enclosed the form to fulfill in order to get your label !
Make sure you follow the labeling process:
- Migration due to climate change, stories of young migrants
- Involvement of gender in mitigation programs, Empowerment of rural women.
- Childhood and climate change
- Historical responsibility
- Lively hoods and global warming
- The growth of energy consumption and its consequences on climate change
- Water stress and global warming
- Will global warming cause the 6th massive animal extinction ?
- Impact of global warming on forests fires
- Rising sea level, Climate records recently beaten by earth in 2016 and extreme climate events
Forests and climate change. Adapting forests management to climate change
- Industry facing climate change challenges
- Role of tropical forests in global warming.
- Industrial ecology and environmental management.
- Valuation and mitigation of climate change vulnerability.
- Agriculture as a sector of pollution.
Natural heritage conservation, Sites d’Intérêt Biologique et Écologique « SIBE », protected areas, and wetlands.
- The inversion of ocean currents, as a result of global warming.
- The comprehensive Agriculture Africa development program (NEPAD).
- Climate Change and Health
- Hatchery systems adaptation to climate change.
- Concrete projects of resistant habitats to climate change .
- Increase of green segments and GDP.
- Adaptation and mitigation public expenses and costs.
- Estimation of climate change global cost within 2100.
- Climato-Intelligent Agriculture in Africa.
- Traditional and modern energy.
- Smart grids,case of desertec.
- Economical and sustainable systems of water management.
- The development of habitat and its role in climate change resistance.
- Health Challenge and comprehensive response
- Problems experienced by climate migrants
- Education and capacity building
- Climate and gender approach
- Role game, social gaps and adaptation to climate change.
- Scientific outreach of biodiversity and climate change
- Scientific experiments showing the impact of climate change on oceans
- The planet state depends on the ocean state
- Direct involvement of organic waste on climate change
- Climate change and its consequences on habitat
- Advocacy for social change.
- Non communicable diseases ( NCDs ) and climate change
- Humid areas : an answer to climate disruption.
- Eco-Api-Citoyen project (traditional apiculture).
- The conservation and valorization of natural resources.
- Startup Go Energyless - a Business about cooling systems functioning without electricity.
- Yes Green project.
- Water management : valorisation, management and purification.
- Hydraulic heritage in Africa.
- Opportunities to be sized by green entrepreneurs.
- Green economy strategies.
- Financing civil society.
- Geoengineering for CO2 capture
- Carbon footprint determination
- The role of media and communication in fighting climate change.
- Visit of The Médina of Marrakech (Villa Jenna)
- Agro-ecological visit
- Water museum
- Ait ourir, Ourika: Olive project
- Recycling glasses: Usines Amazmiz
University Cadi Ayyad
Fondation pour la protection et la promotion des droits de l'Hommme
International Youth Climate Movement
August 25, 2016
The summer camp took place in Asilah Morocco from August 19th to 24th and brought together about 100 young participants from different regions in Morocco.
The camp aims to inform young people who are not necessarily involved in climate related issues, about the importance of dealing with climate change to ensure a safe future to the next generations and a sustainable planet for all.
The camp was also an opportunity to communicate about the COY12 objectives and mobilize youth organizations and individuals to contribute concretely in the conference proposing solutions on different levels.
June 4, 2016
As part of the mobilization process of university students within the 12th edition of the Conference of Youth (COY12 organized by YOUNGO'S on the eve of the COP) and the 22th edition of the Conference of Parties to be held in Marrakech in November 2016. Our group of students gathered around the issue of climate change, especially through the organization of several simulations of the climate negotiations, and the establishment of a delegation of Moroccan students who took part in the COY11. In fact, The ICBCC program was available in form of lectures and workshops to equip students with an interdisciplinary approach to Climate Change. As such, we can mention the participation of the Moroccan authorities involved in the steering committee of the COP22, namely: The Minister Delegate for the Environment Ms Hakima El Haite, Commissioner of the COP22 (and High Commissioner for Water and. drills) M. Abdeladim LHAFI, President of the National Council of Human Rights, Mr. Driss EL YAZAMI, the Director General of ADEREE Mr. Saïd Mouline. In addition of academic teachers like Mr. SEBBOU or Mr. Alibou.
May 8, 2016
The national youth conference was held in Rabat on the 8th of May, bringing youth NGOs and individuals from all over Morocco to communicate about climate change related issues and the upcoming challenges of the COP22.
The conference was also a chance to encourage passionate participants to join the COY12 and get involved in the preparatory process to ensure a large-scaled mobilization and enhance youth involvement in the climate negotiations.
July 17, 2016
The Mediterranean Conference of Youth 12 (MEDCOY12) occurred in tangier, Morocco on the 17th of July 2016 during the Mediterranean Youth Climate forum with the objective to connect Mediterranean youth organizations; networks and individuals engaged in entrepreneurship and politics from all the Mediterranean countries, working on climate change issues in different fields: adaptation, mitigation, and resilience, through environmental education, climate entrepreneurship, international solidarity, environmental health, citizenship, agriculture/reforestation, lobbying, renewable energies, etc. in order to discuss the different aspects of COY12 and COP22 as well as MED Youth contribution to the aforementioned conferences.
The conference witnessed a participation of youth from all around the MED region as a sign taking action for the implementation of climate change solutions.