On 9 September 2021, the British Council launched the Global Youth Letter on Climate Action, a call for action from young people globally, directly addressing the leaders attending COP26. The report letter is the result of a large-scale research on the views, experiences and aspirations of 8,000 young people across 23 countries.
We also partner with YOUNGO, the UN’s official Children and Youth constituency to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Insights from the Global Youth Letter, as well as the additional voices from 8,000 Rising will contribute to YOUNGO’s Youth Statement, to be formulated at the UN’s 16th Conference of Youth (COY16), held from 28 October 2021. We will support COY16 through capacity exchange and sponsorship, and the conference outputs will be presented at COP26 in Glasgow, as part of Youth Empowerment Day on 5 November.
Young people are at the centre of collaborative approach, as we support them to raise their voices, and gain the skills and networks to participate in meaningful dialogue and bring about real change for our planet.