4. Dezember 2017 - Fabio Nicoletti

BORDA at the 13th Conference of Youth: Strengthening young people’s capabilities and raising awareness of the linkages between climate change and water-related issues

From the 3rd to the 5th of November around 1600 young climate activists and UN Youth Delegates from 114 countries met in Bonn for COY13, the 13th international Conference of Youth on climate change themes. The COY is an official event of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) youth constituency and takes place every year just before the annual UN Climate Change Conference, also known as the Conference of Parties (COP).

This year, COP23 took place in Bonn, Germany under the Presidency of Fiji. With the Fiji-inspired slogan “Talanoa Mada – Youth Accelerating Climate Action,” COY13 focused on capacity building and policy training in preparation for upcoming climate negotiations, the facilitation of knowledge sharing and the building and enhancing of youth networks and movements.

BORDA, in cooperation with Bremen-based NGO Jep-Junges entwicklungspolitisches Forum (Youth Forum for Development Politics), contributed to the diverse COY13 programme by hosting a workshop to raise greater awareness of the too-often ignored links between water and climate in international climate summits. Since the relationship between water and climate varies from place to place, the participants were asked to share their own perspectives on these questions: What are the most important connections between water and climate in your home country? What are the most urgent issues and how can young people become more involved in dealing with these problems and finding solutions? How can young people around the globe become more involved in the water and climate sector?

As climate change becomes an ever bigger threat, it is ever more vital to strengthen the capabilities and foster the knowledge of young people around the globe. Events like COY therefore play an essential role in moving our world towards a sustainable future. BORDA will continue to make active contributions in this sphere: engaging, motivating, supporting and enabling young people to take productive action on water-related issues in their own communities.