Global South WG

Proposal of Ensuring, Enabling, and Empowering the global south

Ensuring, Enabling, and Empowering

youth representation from the global south in international climate policy proceedings

CARE International, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Maplecroft:  

The map above shows overall human vulnerability based on a combination of natural, human, social, financial and physical factors. Areas shown in darkest blue are likely to be most at risk if exposed to extreme weather, such as floods, cyclones and droughts, or other impacts of climate change.

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Conference of Parties 15, Conference of Youth 5

Copenhagen, Denmark

December 1-19, 2009

A Great Divide

As the climate negotiations move forward, there exists a divide. Those that will be the most affected by global climate change are least responsible. Those that have the largest stake in the negotiations’ outcome have the lowest numbers of delegates. Those voices that need to be heard are being muffled by the Global North. The meetings are conducted in languages not native to the majority of Global South countries. As developing countries are facing this urgent threat to their survival this divide needs to close.

A youth voice from the least represented countries can present the issues of developing countries in an energetic and creative way. They can help amplify their delegates’ voices and make connections with the international youth climate network. At COP14 in Poznan, youth representatives from 50 countries staged dynamic and sincere actions and campaigns, culminating in a moving youth intervention during the closing plenary. They can connect with the international youth and obtain the skills to form activist networks in their own countries. To resolve the inequity of representation at the UN the divide needs to close.

An audible youth voice from the global south is needed–it will provide a powerful and passionate message on behalf of the most vulnerable and least acknowledged members of the global community.


To support youth from the Global South to attend the UNFCCC meetings to enable a wider and more equitable representation of youth around the world who will be affected by climate change.

The benefits of this will be:

To ensure a more representative position of global youth on climate change.

To enable capacity-building for youth from the global south. Attending COP15 an the Conference of the Youth will allow them to learn more about the international process, success stories and best practices from youth movements around the world. This will allow them to build networks to empower young people in their country.

To empower youth from the Global South, especially Least Developed Countries and Island State nations, to support their country delegations as a tangible way of affecting the negotiations. And in some cases get youth representation on country delegations.

Courtesy of Robert van Waarden  


1. Identify bodies that are ready to coordinate youth from the south to the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

2. Find groups willing to build youth capacity through training and workshops to prepare them for COP15.

3. Secure funding for youth representatives from the Global South.

4. Interact with country delegations and governments to have youth representation and involvement on their delegation.

All this information will be transparent through the international youth movement’s website: Information may also become available on partner websites.



Youth Representation

10 from South Africa

10 from East Africa

10 from West Africa

10 from Central Africa

10 from Northern Africa

Regional Coordinating Partners

African Youth Initiative on Climate Change

Global Gender for Climate Alliance

South African government

Regional Capacity Building training in South Africa

Regional trainings by AYICC

GGCA training in South Africa


Youth Representation

10 from Honduras, Mexico & Guatamala

20 from Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Ecuador

Regional Coordinating Partners

Mexican Youth Council for Climate Action


Youth Representation

10 youth (5 from Lebanon, 5 from rest of Arab region)

Regional Partner


Regional Capacity Building training in Turkey (July)


Youth Representation

15 from India

20 from Subcontinent

Regional Coordinating Partners

Indian Youth Climate Network

Nepalese Youth for Climate Action

Forum for Environmental Protection


Regional Capacity Building

Badlaav Climate Camp in Delhi (July)

South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change in Nepal (August)


Youth Representation

20 from South East Asia

10 from China

5 from Pacific Region

Regional Coordinating Partners


Chinese Youth Climate Action Network

South Asian Youth Environment Network

Regional Capacity Building

TUNZA Conference in South Korea

The above information is only an initial working list of regional partners and networks. We hope to see this list of partners and supporters grow as we move forward.


Due to the ambitious scale of this project a number of funding avenues will be pursued. Funding will take place in two forms. Firstly, to minimize financial expenditure a number of gifts in kind will be pursued.

These will take the form of:

• Shared accommodation with other youth delegates.

• Utilising the skill training capacities of existing NGOs and youth movements.

• Using the administrative infrastructure of existing NGOs.

• Negotiating discounts with travel agencies and airlines because of the bulk bookings and charitable cause.

• Encouraging donors to donate frequent flyer points.

Obviously not all expenditures can be fulfilled by gifts in kind and financial aid will be needed. We have started raising funds from a variety of sources.

Avenues being pursued include:

• Fundraising by the sale of ‘How old will you be in 2050?’ tshirts, in conjunction with Avaaz Foundation.

• Approaching Global North delegations to contribute to the project.

• Approaching NGOs for funding support and tapping into their fundraising networks for particular assistance from their supporters.

• Enquiring with the UN secretariat, UNFCCC and the UN global south delegate fund for financial assistance.

Though these will contribute to a vast bulk of our expenditure a significant portion will come from private donations.

Global north youth activists will be asked to donate a small stipend to help support the project. Fundraising days will be held across the world. Non-affiliated philanthropists will contribute and celebrities will be recruited to raise awareness and inspire mass small scale contributions.

Courtesy of Robert van Waarden 

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Join our Working Groups.

Young people working on Climate Change who are specificially concentrating on the coming Copenahgen treaty have established different working groups for different purposes.

Visit our Central coordinating group



  • We also have 3 more major groups for discussing of the policy and actions related to LULUCF/REDD), tracking and advocating for references to youth in the text of the climate agreement and one for the Project Survival.