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About the Youth4Climate Initiative

Youth4Climate: Powering Action is a global initiative, co-led by the Government of Italy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and co-shaped with youth and other strategic partners, with a long-term strategic vision oriented to:

  • Build on the successes, lessons learned and recommendations from the 2021 Youth4Climate Manifesto adopted at the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition Summit in Milan, and convene a global Youth4Climate: Powering Action event in September 2022 in New York.
  • Boost youth-led and youth-inclusive climate action on the ground by strengthening the identification and support of concrete and innovative youth-led solutions and nurturing a vibrant ecosystem for youth at all levels.
  • Sustain meaningful and long-term engagement with and for youth, by making possible the generation and exchange of knowledge, opportunities, experiences, and resources in a new global virtual space.

News and Stories

Their future, their turn: Youth are shaping our world
Against all odds Today’s young generations are carrying a full backpack: they are still bearing the scars of a global financial crisis and enduring the impacts of an entrenched and inherited climate crisis.
Young people call for concerted action on climate, sustainable development and peace
With these words the Generation17 Dialogue was started by Nadine Khaouli, a 26-year-old activist from Lebanon fighting to end poverty, and a mobilizer of civic action in response to the Beirut blast in 2020. Nadine and Oğuz Ergen, a young advocate from Turkey who rallies NGOs, academia and government together to address the climate crisis and protect the coastal Aegean region, were masters of ceremony of the virtual Generation17 Dialogue.
In their words: Africa’s young innovators and advocates on the climate crisis — and our best hope to address it
Record-breaking heat waves. Deadly storms. Mega-droughts on every continent. As the impacts of the climate crisis only grow, countries are urgently pursuing all avenues to realize their climate ambition. A key step is putting younger people at the forefront of climate action, and helping them realize their full potential.

Events

Youth4Climate: Powering Action flagship global event
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New York, USA
Youth4Climate: Powering Action will convene a flagship global event on 20 September 2022 in New York, on the margins of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. 
Youth4Climate video challenge
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Youth4Climate: Powering Action global event will take place during the High-Level Week of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Join the Youth4Climate video challenge and record a short 15-30s video around #PoweringAction and the themes of the Youth4Climate Manifesto! Your contribution might be featured in the opening ceremony video at Youth4Climate: Powering Action flagship event! Find all the instructions on how to submit your video here.
Africa Climate Week 2022
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Gabon
ACW 2022 runs from 29 August to 2 September in Gabon. Africa Climate Week 2022 engages and empowers stakeholders to drive climate action across countries, communities and economies. For more information, check out the dedicated website for Africa Climate Week 2022.

Adopted at the Youth4Climate:

Driving Ambition Summit in 2021, the Youth4Climate Manifesto is a synthesis document bringing together the ideas and concerns of 400 young climate leaders. It highlights youth voices under 4 main themes: 1) Youth Driving Ambition, 2) Sustainable Recovery, 3) Non-State Actors' Engagement and Climate Conscious Society. The Manifesto was presented at Pre-COP26 in Milan and COP26 in Glasgow, with some elements being included into the Glasgow Climate Pact.

Youth4climate is a Global initiative by

The 2022 Youth4Climate: Powering Action flagship global event has been organized in collaboration with