CONFERENCE OF YOUTH
The Conference of Youth (COY) is an international event where youth around the world gather on the theme of climate change in connection with the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year, the host country of the COP is France. Thus, the COY will be held in Paris for three days from November 26th to November 28th, right before the COP21.
Since 2005, the COY has been held every year, a few days before the COP with YOUNGO as its advisor. YOUNGO is the official youth constituency at the UNFCCC since 2009 and aims to connect Youth NGOs around the world. The COY is run by youth organisations of the host country of the COP. In 2015, COY11 is hosted by the French Youth organisations: Avenir Climatique, CliMates, French Scouting Federation, and REFEDD.
Participants of the COY are not only youth negotiators. All young people are invited to take part in the various workshops, lectures from specialists and exhibitions, all under the theme of climate change. Also, this year is an extremely important year as the parties at COP21 will try to reach a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. Youth at the COY11 will be supporting this ambitious agreement.