Conference of Youth 17 in Egypt

Just days before the start of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference COP27, the 17th Conference of Youth (COY17) has begun in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, with a festive opening ceremony. The conference is organized by YOUNGO, the official youth representative constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COY17 provides a platform for young people from around the world to contribute to solutions to the climate crisis that will affect their generation more than older generations.

YOUNGO's youth conference is composed of four different components: 1) policy development; 2) capacity building; 3) skill-building workshops; and 4) cultural exchange. Participants from more than 140 countries have the opportunity to discuss, network, and reflect together on solutions and consequences in the area of the climate crisis. Representatives from the government of the host country Egypt and various international organizations will also meet with the youth and young adults for the discussions.

Until November 4, delegates will have time to brainstorm and learn how the climate crisis is affecting different sectors of politics, society and the economy. In the process, they will be given useful tools to influence and advocate for a climate-just world even after the conference ends. The results will be summarized in a final document at the end of the conference, which will be presented at the subsequent COP27.

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