Children and young people have been participating in the UNFCCC intergovernmental process going back to 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.
Prior to COP 15/CMP 5, the secretariat granted a provisional constituency status to admitted youth
non-governmental organizations (YOUNGO). The constituency status provided a conduit for the exchange of
official information between young people and the secretariat; assisted the secretariat in ensuring an
effective participation by youth appropriate to an intergovernmental meeting; coordinated young people's
interaction at sessions including convening constituency meetings, organizing meetings with officials,
providing names for the speakers list and representation at official functions; and provided logistical
support to youth during sessions.
On practical terms, YOUNGO is given 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 Chairs of the subsidiary bodies and the COP Presidency. They also organize Young and
Future Generation's Day during the COP/CMP organizing a series of side events, exhibits, interviews,
media stunts, etc.
For more information about YOUNGO and its current activities, please visit http://www.youthclimate.org or e-mail the YOUNGO focal
Mr. Liangyi Chang at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Jamie Peters at: email@example.com