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Youth activities at COP 15 - Youth Briefings
Type: Event
Geographical coverage: International
Implementing Entity: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Language: English

Similar to a press conference, four  30-minute events provided an opportunity for the invited speakers to make a short intervention followed by by questions from youth.  The press was also invited to the events.  Press advisory were distributed at the media center for each event.

Briefing 1: Expectations for COP 15 Negotiations

 Date: 08.12.09

Speakers: Michael Zammit Cutajar, AWGLCA Chair John Ashe, AWGKP Chair

Content: The Chairs presented the main components of the  negotiations on “future climate agreements” and expected points of contention.

Briefing 2: Update - State of Climate Science

Date: 14.12.09

Speaker:      Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair

Content: Dr. Pachauri discussed the linkages between climate science and COP 15 negotiations and responded to various quesitons from the audience.


Briefing 3: Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Youth and Climate Change


Date: 17.12.09

Speaker: Ricardo Lagos, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General on Climate Change, former President of Chile.

Content: Dr. Lagos provided a reflection on the United Nations, young people and climate change.


Briefing #4:        Looking Forward: Planning Towards COP 16

Date: 18.12.09

Speaker:      Mr. Adrian Fernandez, President, National Institute of the Ecology - INE

Content: Dr. Fernandez discussed participation issues and next steps towards COP 16.  This event initiated a dialogue between the host government and the youth civil society to ensure smooth participation at COP 16.


Intergenerational Inquiry Side Event (Young and Future Generation Day (YUFUGE), 10 December, 13:45 to 15:00

The secretariat coordinated the Intergenerational Inquiry side event featuring Mr. Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary; H.E. Mohamed Aslam, Minister for Housing, Transport and Environment, Maldives; Ms. Alicia Montalvo Santamaría, Director General, Ministry of Environment, Climate Office, Spain; Ms. Bridgette Cindy Makhubedi, UNICEF Climate Change Ambassador, South Africa;  Ms. Ruchi Jain, youth representative, India; and Mr. Thomas Spencer, youth representative, Australia.

At this event, young representatives chosen by their peers engaged other participants in a dialogue and testify on their actions and plans to respond to climate change


More information on Youth Activities from Cop 15

Background and overview of activities

UNFCCC Youth Booth

Intergenerational Commitment Book

Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change - publication