Global South Project
More information on the global south youth will be added soon.
Overview of the Global South Project
Building the capacity of the Global South who are the most vulnerable against the ill effects of Climate Change doesn’t just pop out of a treaty made by the Global North. Thus the Southern voices that are less able to express their important view points should be facilitated to share their view and shape a new international binding treaty to face climate change.
Henceforth In COP14 an initiative was launched to support these regions which started to tangibly be integrated into the way the youth movement operated in the Bonn negotiations in June this year. In Bonn we saw the first Global South youth affinity group, and the formation of the global south project – aiming to ensure that voices from the global south were presented through better processes at the meetings themselves, and also by fundraising for youth from the Global South to attend COP15 who were doing amazing work on the ground, however did not have the opportunity to attend the UN meetings.
Basic know-how about the global south project.
Supporting poorer government delegations
As the majority of the global south delegations have minimal financial and organizational capacity to take part in the high level decision making implementation processes, their delegations also reflects those weaknesses.
Majority of the delegations from the global south have minimal representation. Youth can tangibly make a difference by supporting these delegations in errands, but also in policy formation – as was seen in Project Survival. However what is far more powerful is if youth from those respective countries could support their delegations. They will speak the relevant language, understand the ground reality of country and the nature of its policy. Furthermore, where relevant those youth will become a member of their delegations, which is an important part of integrating youth into the decision making of an issue that will affect their future.
Capacity building for youth movements in developing countries
Attending COP is a big opportunity to learn and be trained in youth advocacy and activism. Training, mentorship, strategy sessions and skills shares/workshops are a luxury which the majority of youth don’t have the privilege of experiencing. Such experiences make a huge difference in youth activism, and empowerment amongst young people with the belief that they can make a difference. Hence it is critical that youth from the global south participate in COP15 to build capacity. Byond COP15 it will only be those youth who will really be able to create youth movements in their countries that will bring about change – and at this point majority of the countries are not represented at all. So even one young person from each country to be able to take these skills, stories and experiences back to the youth of their region will be invaluable in capacity building in poorer regions.
Accurate representation of youth from the world
COPs in the past have been heavily dominated by youth from the global north, with most meetings having about 90% representation from the north when they make up less than 20% of the world population. If we are going to call ourselves a global youth movement, especially now we have official YOUNGO status, we need to truly have representation from all over the world. And although it is near impossible that we will have youth representation from countries proportionate to the population of the countries (about 20% from global north and 80% from the global south) the least we can aim for is even representation of youth from the global north and south.
If we are going to advocate equity, and push the countries of the world to commit to the principles of equity and climate justice, then we need to walk the talk. We as a global youth movement need to be a model of the world that we want to see. Our equivalent to financing mechanisms and tech transfer – is fundraising for the south and skills shares (and learning from their experiences). If we ourselves can’t model equity through our representation and behaviour it will be hard for us to convince our governments of the same – actions speak louder than words. Furthermore I personally believe that it is not right to tell someone else to do something we ourselves refuse to do.