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Youth in Action on Climate Change

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(shared post) Dear colleagues,
I’m pleased to share with you a new publication entitled ‘‘Youth in Action on Climate Change. Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from Around the World” that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been working with global young people to produce.
The objective of this new publication by the UNFCCC and the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change is to highlight concrete work young people do to incite their governments and the international community to scale up action on climate change and raise ambition towards a post-2020 climate change regime. It is designed as a tool and a source of inspiration for developing and carrying out projects, initiatives and campaigns to increase awareness of the causes and impacts of climate change, promote sustainable lifestyles and advance green low-carbon development.
Some young people or organisations (like the NGO I belong to – see pages 66 and 67) submitted some work they have been doing at home. You can see them in the publication so please take the time to have a look. I can’t attach a copy to this email as the document is very heavy, so please download it on the UNFCCC website at

The United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change is also keen for organisations to make use of the report and promote on their own websites, social media etc. I will advise you to share it around you.
Yesterday June 11th the publication was launched at the UNFCCC Intersessionals Climate Change Negotiations at the Ministry for the Environment in Bonn, Germany.

Weekly News # 20 – Join the UN Secretary General during a meeting with youth attending the UN Climate Talks

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(shared post) Hello everyone,
Please find below a copy of the briefing for the virtual meeting between YOUNGO and the UN Secretary General tomorrow. It would be great if you could share the information amongst your networks and use the #TellBanKiMoon hashtag to engage on twitter. I believe this will also be posted on the IYCM website shortly:
Youth #TellBanKiMoon at the UN Climate Talks
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will host a meeting with youth who are currently attending the UN Climate Talks.
The virtual call between New York and Bonn will take place this Thursday, 13 June, 18:30-18:45 CET, and participants will be able to tune in through webcast and can engage on twitter using the #TellBanKiMoon hashtag to send their messages and ideas to the Secretary General on issues related to youth, climate change and intergenerational equity.
During the current round of climate negotiations, YOUNGO, the official youth constituency to The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), have stressed upon parties to institutionalise the principle of intergenerational Equity within the proposed 2015 climate change agreement.
In the midst of disputes between Russia and other parties this past week that have held up parts of the UNFCCC process, YOUNGO urged Poland, the hosts of the next climate conference (COP19), to inject ambition into the negotiations. Youth also pushed Poland to take the opportunity to make COP19 a pivotal point in history, where they can unite with the European Union and show the rest of the world how to tackle climate issues responsibly.
Addressing youth earlier this year, the Secretary-General called on the world’s youth to take the helm in steering the international community through its turbulent period of economic and political transition and towards a more “prosperous, equitable and peaceful future”. In response, youth are calling the Secretary General to ensure that they will be represented and given the space to indeed take a steering role in the high-level climate meeting of world leaders that Ban Ki-moon plans to convene next year, in order to mobilise political will and scale up commitments for the 2015 agreement.
Already in Bonn, YOUNGO helped to launch the Youth in Action  report. The publication, which features YOUNGO, highlights concrete action young people are taking to incite their governments to scale up action on climate change and raise ambition towards a post-2020 climate change regime.
Youth offered a reminder to negotiators at Bonn that “people’s lives and our futures are ticking away”. Of all the participants involved in the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, it will be youth who will grow up in the world that is currently being negotiated.
Jean Paul ………………………………. Jean Paul Brice Affana Youth and Action Instructor, Founder Coordinator Vital Actions for Sustainable Development [AVD]
June Cover

Nektarina (S)pace web magazine June issue is out!

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  Our June issue of web magazine Nektarina (S)pace is out! This month we are talking about oceans with Rianna Gonzales from Trinidad and Tobago, we are seeing the Arctic through Kevin Buckland’s eyes, we are enjoying and experiencing art (and more art), we are discussing veganism, saving water and energy, and we are talking about education for sustainability practices in Moldova and Australia. There is much more content inside (300 pages this month!!), and some truly amazing photography (Cameroon photo essay is a must-see). We are extremely proud of this issue, and it was truly a joint effort of everyone involved , so many people wanted to contribute, and the result is absolutely stunning mixture between art, environment and social topics. We are thrilled about our new Editor-At-Large, Bettina Nada Fellov, who will be contributing content for every issue – she did such an amazing job this month! Enjoy reading!