International Youth Climate Delegate Program 2023: Fully Funded to Dubai COP28 ( UAE DUBAI)
The International Youth Climate Delegate Program (International YCDP) will embed 100 youth within the international climate policy negotiation process, with a priority for delegates from countries on the list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Indigenous Peoples and other minority groups around the world.
This program will be overseen by the COP28 Youth Climate Champion Her Excellency Shamma Al Mazrui, in collaboration with YOUNGO, the Official Children and Youth Constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The specific objectives of the program include the following:
Ensure that youth views and proposals are fully integrated into global climate policymaking and dialogues.
Build youth skills, capacity, knowledge, and networks, particularly in the most impacted countries, to engage in climate processes.
Provide a model for the COP process on youth inclusion.
Duration of the program
The International YCDP runs from March to December 2023. The timeline for the selection period is expected to be as follows:
Applications open March 15 and will close by 7 April, 2023.
A selection committee, run and staffed by YOUNGO, will shortlist candidates and invite them for interviews on a rolling basis.
Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to submit a short essay on a climate-related topic specified by the committee.
Final interviews will be conducted between mid-to-end April.
Candidates interested in selection for the June SB58 Bonn intersessional are encouraged to apply early and indicate existing EU travel authorization in their applications.
YOUNGO will inform candidates of selection by early May and the 100 selected delegates will be announced later that month.
The program will run from May through December 2023.
Opportunities for Delegates
As one of the 100 International Youth Climate Delegates, you will have the opportunity to:
Follow the UNFCCC negotiation processes over the year, gathering inputs and shared goals from youth in your country or community.
Access capacity-building opportunities to learn more about climate diplomacy, negotiations and more.
Gain a deeper understanding of the COP process and other fundamental climate action activities.
Participate in the 18th Conference of Youth in the UAE, ahead of COP28, as well as relevant local or regional youth events
Participate in COP28 at Expo City Dubai, UAE from November 30 to December 12.
In addition to the opportunities listed above, a small number of delegates will also be invited to participate in other critical climate change summits, including the SB58 UNFCCC Intersessionals in June 2023 in Bonn, Germany, the “Pre-COP” in October 2023, and the UN Regional Climate Weeks. The selection process for these opportunities will be announced at a later stage.