The most important Youth Conference against Climate Change in recent years
COY11 (http://coy11.org/es/) (Eleventh Youth Conference against Climate Change) that is being developed for 3 days ( November 26, 27 y 28) will be known as one of the most important conferences.
Is a previous event of awaited COP21 (Twentieth Conference of United Nations about Climate Change) and because it would be the largest conference scale since previous COY ’s, not only because in París (where COP21 will be developed) young people from al over the world are meeting, but in other countries parallels conferences to this COY are being made.
Paris COY11 was developed by 6 young organisations of France (Avenir Climatique, Cimates, French Scouting Federation, REFEDD, We are ready Now! movement y YOUNGO), and counts with support of 55 volunteers in different topics like logistic, traduction and feeding, among others, and also, with 35 allies organizations in the world.
This COY hopes to count with 5000 participants in the 3 days that the event is being accomplished. It takes place in Exhibitions Park (Parc des Exposicions) of Ville Pinte. At this stage several activities are offered (more than 400) like panels, training, meetings , exhibitions and stands, work groups, spaces for materials production, and artistic events of different kind from some attendees groups and organizations ( dances, theatrical performances, songs).
However, like it was said in the beginning, this COY is one of the most important and biggest of recent years, because it is not only being developed in Paris, it is the first time that this youth conference is being made in others 8 cities: Ahmedabad (India), Abomey-Calavi (Bénin), Montréal (Canada), Nouméa (New-Caledonia), Rabat (Morocco), Tokyo (Jaban), Florianopolis (Brazil) and Antananarivo (Madagascar).
Each one of them have summoned thousands of youths from different countries that couldn’t participate in Paris but they definitely want to make their voices heard as young people in Paris.
For this edition, it is intended to present the message of youth just before the COP21 in a document called ” COY manifest ” (http://coy11.org/en/manifesto/ in English and French ) where it is expected to include the voices of as many young people in the world as possible, which have participated through virtual consultations that some organizations had done,discussions on thematic working groups (human rights, education, energy, environmental law, sustainable food production, adaptation, conservation and inclusion of youth) and meetings of some groups of countries as occurred with the Latin American participants.
In the manifest, it is meant that “young people are aware of the limits of our model of society [and because of that ] are willing to promote a paradigm shift aimed towards a more sustainable and desirable society.”
At the end of this November 28th COY , this manifest will be shared with youth organizations and other participants who may place their signature to give approval to the document, which seeks to be inclusive and comprehensive, taking into account the different views, expectations and hopes of the young world.