COP26: Scotland to host UN Youth Conference
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Scotland has announced that it will host the 16th official UN youth event for the COP26 climate summit next month.
The Youth Conference (COY16), which will take place from 28 to 31 October 2021 in Glasgow, is a key part of the COP calendar to help young people prepare for their participation in the climate conference.
It intends to give a voice to young people in the climate negotiations while offering delegates from more than 140 countries the opportunity to meet, share their experiences and develop their skills.
Five young Scots will be selected to represent the country as delegates and contribute to the ‘Youth Declaration’, which is presented on behalf of young people at every COP summit, outlining their hopes and expectations for the climate negotiations .
The Scottish Government has provided £ 300,000 in funding for the event, which is organized by YOUNGO – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) youth group.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Young people have been among the strongest voices calling for urgent global action to tackle climate change. They were an inspiration and I am proud that we are playing a role in providing them with a platform at the heart of COP26 in Glasgow.
“The Youth Conference will represent young people from 140 countries around the world, including here in Scotland. It is designed by young people, for young people, so that they can present their demands to world leaders ahead of climate negotiations. With this support, we are ensuring that Scotland plays its part in reaching an ambitious global agreement that is deliverable at COP26.
“I look forward to welcoming COY16 to Glasgow and engaging with them in our joint effort to tackle the climate crisis, with young people at the heart of our commitment to a just transition.”
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