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Educational courses, research, and reports to equip young people through knowledge-focused resources.

Workshops, training, and toolkits that focus on policy and advocacy around youth and climate action.

Funding, networking, and other opportunities to support youth and their work on climate action.

Youth4Climate

Live Series

While the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) and the preceding Pre-COP have been postponed until 2021, now is the time for youth to generate momentum and make sure their priorities will be recognized and taken into account when the climate conference commences. In an effort to heed the voices of the many young champions at the helm of the global climate action movement and to support their efforts online, the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea (IMELS), the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate (C4C) program and the UN Office of the SecretaryGeneral’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY) is hosting a cutting edge, youth-focused and youth-driven virtual event series. 

 

The #Youth4Climate series will build momentum between now and the upcoming face-to-face “Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition” event during Pre-COP26 in Italy by hosting a wide range of stimulating and inspirational virtual climate discussions featuring high-profile speakers and leaders from the global youth climate movement. 

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The UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

From school strikes to demonstrations, and to innovation, young people’s mobilization all around the world shows the power they possess to help tackle the climate emergency. Building on this momentum, the Secretary-General will launch his Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change on 27 July to amplify youth voices and to engage young people in an open and transparent dialogue as the UN gears up to raise ambition and accelerate action to flatten the climate curve.

Mission 1.5 by UNDP

Mission 1.5 aims to give 20 million people around the world the opportunity to have their say on ways to limit climate change that they want to see adopted by government leaders. The campaign, led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), hopes to address the disconnect between citizens and governments that has seen a groundswell of public opinion by citizens around the world, including school strikes and mass protests.  
 

IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC 

An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

This Summary for Policymakers presents the key findings of the Special Report, based on the assessment of the available scientific, technical and socio-economic literature relevant to global warming of 1.5°C .

NDC Global Outlook Report 2019 by UNDP

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been working together since 2014 to support countries in developing Nationally Determined Contributions - or NDCs - beginning with the launch of a regional NDC dialogue series that just completed its 22nd event having engaged over 2,200 participants from over 150 developing countries. This report, leveraging those relationships and history, is the most detailed review yet of momentum since the Paris Agreement and is designed to both inspire and inform the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September.

UN Youth Volunteer 

by UN Volunteer

UN Youth Volunteer positions are wide ranging; you may work in human rights, climate change adaptation, primary health care, disaster management, peacebuilding, youth engagement or many other areas. You may work directly in a United Nations agency or be assigned to one of its partner organizations, a university or the government.

Youth4ClimateLive Series

The #Youth4ClimateLive Series is hosted by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, in collaboration with Connect4Climate - World Bank Group and the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, as part of the initiatives organized in the run-up to the 2021 Pre-COP26 in Milan, Italy and COP26. Each session will bring together a diverse group of unstoppable youth at the forefront of creative climate action for intergenerational and interactive conversations with policy makers and experts.

COP 25

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) took place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. The conference was designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective was to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Foundation for

Climate Action 

by Knovva Academy

Foundations for Climate Action examines the crucial issue of climate change through scientific, strategic, and cultural lenses. Curated readings and datasets, expert interviews, and digital interactives explore the challenges of climate action and diverse approaches to solving them. 

The New Climate Economy Report

The growth story of the 21st century can unlock unprecedented opportunities of a strong, sustainable, inclusive economy. The benefits of climate action are greater than ever before, while the costs of inaction continue to mount. It is time for a decisive shift to a new climate economy.

Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools by FAO

FAO has developed a toolkit to equipped rural youth through their Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS) methodology. JFFLS is an innovative approach that trains vulnerable rural youth in the agricultural, business and life skills needed to earn a decent living, and to become more productive and active members of their communities. Students may learn about protecting their crops from diseases, and then use this as a basis for learning about how to protect themselves from other diseases that can similarly threaten their livelihood and well-being.

Youth Choice:

Recovering Better Together

The Youth Choice: Recovering Better Together report was launched as a follow-up to World Environment Day virtual event hosted by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Team, the United Nations Foundation, Ireland, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, YOUNGO, and The Re-Earth Initiative. The report summarizes the global input and recommendation made by young people to shape the green recovery post COVID-19.

Report of the Secretary-General on the 2019 Climate Action Summit The Way Forward in 2020 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on all leaders to come to New York on 23 September for the Climate Action Summit with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

Emissions Gap Report 2019 by UNEP

For a decade, UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report has compared where greenhouse gas emissions are heading against where they need to be, and highlighted the best ways to close the gap. The report presents the latest data on the expected gap in 2030 for the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets of the Paris Agreement. It considers different scenarios, from no new climate policies since 2005 to full implementation of all national commitments under the Paris Agreement. 

Global Environment Outlook

6  for Youth by UNEP

GEO-6 for Youth is a one-stop-shop for a young person to understand the state of the environment, what can be done every day and how to choose a sustainable career. GEO-6 for Youth is here to help understand the issue, but most importantly show how the youth have the power to bring about transformative change but there is a need to act now!

Climate Classroom by

UNCC: Learn

Tackling climate change requires action at all levels of society,  by fostering awareness, capacity building and innovation climate change learning helps communities and individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and effectively adapt to the changing climate. UN CC:Learn provides strategic advice and quality learning resources to help people, governments and businesses to understand, adapt, and build resilience to climate change

Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth supports all young people and their diversity in exercising their right to freedom of expression. Reach Not Preach platform serves as a safe space for all young people to share their take on the topic of climate change. The views expressed in the Reach Not Preach platform are those of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and the United Nations.