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Welcome to the CC:iNet Youth Portal! The Portal offers a broad range of information on climate change initiatives, projects, campaigns, educational tools, websites and publications, produced by and for young people. Furthermore it highlights activities undertaken by members of the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change and provides space for the UNFCCC observer constituency of youth organizations (YOUNGO) to showcase their work. Please share information on your activities by uploading it directly to the CC:iNet database.


Youth @ COP 19/CMP 9
At COP 19/CMP 9 youth delegates continue to engage in the intergovernmental negotiation progress through various activities. This page provides a central hub for information on activities for, with and by youth during COP 19/CMP 9 happening both inside and outside the conference venue. Check out the frequently updated Daily Schedule of Youth Events below to see what's going on and how you can participate. If you want to include an event on the calendar, please contact us at To read regular updates on youth activities throughout the conference, tune into our Stories from the Stadium!

For a daily schedule of youth-related events and additional information about youth in the UNFCCC process, please see below.

Daily Schedule of Youth Events

11 November
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12 November
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13 November
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14 November
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15 November
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16 November
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17 Novemer

18 November
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19 November
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20 November
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21 November
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22 November
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Young and Future Generations Day

Image Young and Future Generations Day is a non-stop celebration of youth power and participation at United Nations climate change conferences. Youth-led side events, workshops and festivities take place throughout the day, with a continuous stream of creative actions that prove that young people are key players in reaching innovative, ambitious solutions on climate change.

This year's Young and Future Generations Day took place on Thursday, 14 November 2013. Read more about it here!

UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth working with young people at COP 19/CMP 9

ImageDuring his visit 14 to 16 November, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, met in person with YOUNGO for the first time to learn about youth aspirations to design joint advocacy actions. The Envoy engaged with youth representatives inside and outside the conference venue and met a number of key figures in the UNFCCC process. Read more about his visit here:Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

Intergenerational Inquiry


The annual Intergenerational Inquiry provides a platform for youth delegates from around the world to engage with key players in the intergovernmental climate change arena. This year's sixth edition focused on intergenerational equity as a moral principle that can unite developing and developed countries with civil society; older, younger and future generations; and all genders in pursuit of climate justice and an ambitious post 2015 climate agreement.

The Intergenerational Inquiry took place on Thursday, 14 November 13:15-14:45, Room Cracow. Read more here.

Mini-side events

ImageMini-side events give young people access to a stage, a microphone and a captive audience. Young people can use the mini-side events to showcase a video they produced, present a report they have written, sing a song or tell the world about an issue close to their hearts.

If you would like to organize a mini-side event, please contact us at

High-level youth briefings

ImageA series of intimate and interactive briefings geared specifically towards youth takes place during United Nations climate change conferences. This is a chance for youth delegates to get direct access to high-level representatives – such as the Chairs of negotiating bodies and the current and incoming COP Presidencies, just to name a few. Each briefing lasts 30 minutes with most of the time devoted to candid questions from young people. Read about some of this year’s High-level briefings here.

Youth Virtual Participation Room

youthportalbo6The Youth Virtual Participation Room enables youth all over the world to connect in real time to COP 19/CMP 9, albeit not being physically present. The room is equipped with virtual conferencing devices and provides facilities for youth organizations to hold meetings with their constituents back home. If you are interested in using this room, please contact Mr. David Gawith via email at

UN Youth Booth

ImageThis exhibition booth is hosted by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change and allows participating United Nations and youth organizations to showcase their work. Volunteers from the youth constituency are invited to staff the booth and answer questions from delegates. The booth is also a hub for young people, who often use it as a meeting place and to post information on YOUNGO’s daily activities. The UN Youth Booth is located in the exhibition area of the COP 19/CMP 9 conference venue (Zone A, Level 0).

Youth Exhibit Area

ImageYouth organizations are showcasing their work at a number of exhibition stands clustered in the Youth Exhibit Area. Come and find them in Zone A, Level 0 of the COP 19/CMP 9 conference venue.

Click here for COP 18 / CMP 8 Youth Activities

YOUNGO: UNFCCC constituency of youth non-governmental organizations

ImageChildren and young people have been participating in the UNFCCC intergovernmental process since COP 5 in Bonn. Starting in COP 11/CMP 1, youth have also organized preparatory meetings called "Conferences of Youth," which help build their capacity to participate in the UNFCCC negotiation process.

Since 2009 youth non-governmental organizations have been enjoying constituency status. This provides YOUNGO with the opportunity to address the plenary, High Level Segment of a COP/CMP, make submissions (individual youth organizations also), attend workshops, meet with officials of the Convention such as SB/AWG Chairs and COP President. They also organize Young and Future Generation's Day during the COP/CMP featuring a series of side events, exhibits, interviews, media stunts and other activities.

For more information about YOUNGO and its current activities, please visit or e-mail the YOUNGO focal points at: 

Ms. Sabrina Marquant

Ms. Danaé Espinoza

United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change

Youth LogoSince September 2008, the UNFCCC secretariat has been working together with United Nations agencies and youth non-governmental organizations to empower children and young people to take action on climate change through the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change.

The work of the Initiative is closely linked to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC and in particular the implementation of amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6. It also draws guidance from the following policy instruments:

Its main areas of work are:

  • Coordination of activities and sharing of information among participating entities
  • Empowering children and young people to take action on climate change

For more information please e-mail us at


Check out how youth geared up for COP 19/CMP 9 at the 9th Conference of Youth/Power Shift Central & Eastern Europe in Warsaw, Poland from 7 to 10 November 2013. Watch their video about the race for fossil fuel independence here.

Follow our 'Stories from the Stadium' to stay up-to-date about youth-related events and activities throughout the conference.

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