9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues
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Is an OXFAM initiative that together with the Youth Institute seeks to establish Global citizenship as a model actively engaged in the search for a more equal and sustainable world. Each year the program chooses a different theme such as labor rights, climate change or poverty with educational proposals suitable for young people. The topic for the 2018-2019 edition of Connecting Worlds (Conectando Mundos) is extreme inequality, and its objectives are: to critically analyse the social rights system in our surroundings, as well as other situations of inequality, to establish the cause and consequences of those unequal situations, reject the inequalities at local level by guaranteeing an ethical standpoint based in justice and social equality, and finally, promote actions and behaviours that mean a better access to basic social rights. For six weeks each group accesses an online platform in which they are given follow-up and continuity in their activities. After that phase, the smaller pupils of secondary or primary school participate in face-to-face meetings in which they share their ideas and proposals.
UN Volunteers for the COP23 conference
At the UN Climate Change Conference, approximately 20,000 delegates from around the world will meet from 6 to 17 November in Bonn (2017) Germany to advance the Paris agreement. The UN seeks to recruit more than 650 volunteers over 18 years old in logistics tasks and to work on the development of green and sustainable projects, trainings and discussions such as those that will take place in Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The public-private Innovation network Climate-Knowledge and Innovation Community, or Climate-KIC feeds on youth awareness to seek sustainable solutions to everyday problems. During the summer it brought together 40 young people from all over the European continent for a 5-week trip in which they received intensive training from experts. For example, one group visited fruit growers in Bologna, Italy; the Business Innovation Center in Munich, Germany; finishing their trip in Helsinki, Finland.
The same network facilitates the creation of projects, start-ups, courses and meetings with international leaders.
Youth for Climate Action: Conference of Youth
The COP25 climate change conference was held in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 15 December 2019, under the presidency of the Chilean government. It aimed to complete the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and address a range of other issues. In advance of COP25, the European Parliament tabled questions to the European Commission and the Council and adopted a resolution during the November II plenary session.
The next Youth4Climate conference will be held on 28-30 September in Italy 2021 under the title youth4climate: Driving Ambition. The first two days will be dedicated to working groups, while the last day will feature a discussion between young delegates and the Ministers attending pre-COP 26.
- Connecting the EU with young people, to regain their trust in the EU project and encourage their participation in it.
- Equality of all genders, ending discrimination, especially against women, and guaranteeing the rights of all people, including non-binary and LGTBIQ+ people.
- Inclusive societies, ensuring the integration of those at risk of poverty and social exclusion.
- Information and constructive dialogue, with the aim of enabling access to reliable information and empowering young people to receive and disseminate critical and responsible messages.
- Mental health and well-being, to break down the stigmatisation of mental health problems, promoting the social inclusion of young people.
- Empower rural youth, given the continuing disparities in opportunities between urban and rural areas, by creating conditions to tap the potential of the latter.
- Quality employment for all, reducing high rates of youth unemployment, abusive working conditions and discrimination in the workplace.
- Quality learning, by improving ways of teaching and preparing young people for the challenges of an ever-changing life.
- Space and participation for all, by strengthening the autonomy of young people and providing them with spaces in all areas of society.
- A green and sustainable Europe, to act against climate change and constant environmental threats, ensuring sustainability in all areas.
- European youth programmes and youth organisations, open to the European youth field.