Climate change knows no borders and while local action is essential to address the problem, global agreements are also needed. We are convinced that young people also have a say in terms of international environmental policy. This is why SYFC has been continuously involved in the international negotiation process of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since COP21 (Conference of the Parties that led to the Paris Agreement in 2015) and in the Conferences of Youth (COY). We believe that civil society, i.e. non-governmental organizations but also all citizens are fundamental actors of change. Therefore, we are sending a delegation of SYFC members who are present at the COP venue and who are working with the other citizens, to build together the society we aspire to.
During the COP, involved in YOUNGO (UNFCCC Observer Constituency of Youth Non-Governmental Organizations) and in the Climate Action Network (CAN), the different delegations work together, developing proposals, organising and lobbying States. These exchanges and collaborations between future leaders are fundamental elements to ensure the sustainability of the climate debate. They are the hope for a more secure future. We believe that Swiss youth must take part in this debate and that it has the potential to be an important player in these collaborations.
Furthermore, we believe it is essential that youth have a direct and peer-managed information channel that allows them to follow the progress of international debates. Our delegation communicates its activities at each COP every year. Swiss youth will be confronted at various times in their lives with a number of decisions that may have an impact on our planet. If they are properly informed and mobilised, they have the instruments to act better.
We would like this international information to reach and mobilise as many young people as possible in Switzerland. In order to do this, we must on the one hand organise events before and during the COP in order to build a receptive framework, and on the other hand publicise our actions through the media. Are you interested in organizing an event during the COP or in being our reporter? Do you have media contacts or are you a social media fan? Contact us and bring a young voice to the debate!