What’s New – IYCN


Throughout November and December the IYCN and associates will be holding your hand and leading you calmly through the maze of negotiations and complicated concepts that is the COP 21. How can these negotiations that will determine our futures be so poorly presented and understood?? Well fear not! We are here to jargon bust, simplify, elucidate and generally tell you all you need to know about climate change, the COP21 and why it’s important for you.

This blog is for everyone who hears about the COP 21 negotiations in the news and wonders: What’s all the fuss about? …how does it work?… why does it matter.. And how can I get involved? You can find the blog -posts on What’s with the Climate.

Over the next two months we will explain everything from the overall concept of climate change and the UNFCCC to the specific issues in India and the role the youth of India have to play.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the disentangling of acronyms, the witty titles, and the insightful commentary to come. You can also share your opinions on climate change negotiations, reflections on climate discourse by writing to kabir@iycn.in. Relevant ones will be published on What’s with the climate.

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Agents of Change

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 Agents of Change (Hyderabad) from Project Survival Media on Vimeo.

Agents of Change (Hyderabad) from Project Survival Media on Vimeo.

Embassy of Germany in association with GIZ and IYCN presents Agents of Change. Project Survival Media brings you the glimpse of the first ever workshop India to strengthen the voice of youth on climate change.

Indian Youth on Climate Change

-Dimple Ranpara, Project Survival Media

According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ‘climate change is a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that  alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which occurs in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time and periods.

Climate Change builds elevated levels of insecurity about our future and amidst this uncertainty; there is only one thing certain. We shall leave our planet to our children, the future generations – today’s youth. The swift environmental changes demand humanity to not think in terms of years and decades, but across centuries and generations, where choices made today shall have a spillover on climate across the coming years. This recognizes the high need of making the youth aware about the challenges and opportunities that shall come along the science and policy of climate change. Undoubtedly, it is a must and the right of the youth to have a say in their future, not because of the anticipated impacts but it is their ingenuity, ability to define and bring upon answers with outright determination, that can make a significant difference in evading the catastrophes of climate change.

Formalin in Our Food

By Supriya Singh

My maiden trip to Bangladesh in late October 2013 will be memorable for primarily three reasons. The simple yet breathtaking beauty of the country’s landscape, the unbelievably warm welcome and amazing friendships that formed and lastly for the shocking realization that Bangladesh and indeed entire south Asia is slowly poisoning its food and future.

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What’s New – India


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COY Ahoy!

The twenty first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December, 2015. The focus of the discussion would be the legally binding universal agreement on climate change to be implemented from 2020.

To represent voices of youth in the intergovernmental negotiation processes, YOUNGO (of which IYCN is a part) an observer constituency of youth non-governmental organizations of UNFCCC organizes the preparatory meeting called Conference of Youth (COY). This year the COY 11 will be held simultaneously in Paris and different cities around the world prior to COP 21, from 26th to 28th November. The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) are bringing COY to Ahmedabad. It is the first regional COY covering South Asia and will be held at the beautiful and inspiring CEE campus in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The aim is to generate an unprecedented mobilization, to build a real momentum, and strengthen the visibility of actions and the expertise of young people in favor of a more sustainable and desirable lifestyle. A manifesto will be prepared on the basis of inputs received from the participants of COY from around the world. These inputs will be shared with the world leaders during COP 21.

This COY is special!!

The goal is to

  •      Sensitize and familiarize participants to the global challenge of climate change and measures taken to address it
  •      Share experiences of initiatives taken by youth and inspire participants to take positive actions
  •      Build capacity of participants enabling them to take positive actions and be the change agents
  •      Provide a platform for south Asian youth to articulate their concerns collectively for a better tomorrow.

We invites youth (between the age of 18-35years) to come and be a part of this amazing journey.


Registration closes on 20th November, 2015.

Click Here to Register

For registration and any queries contact us on contact.ahmedabad@coy11.org

For more information, log on to: COY-11 Website

Visit us and find regularly updated information about the conference on our FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/COY11Ahmedabad/

Should you require further information or have any question, please feel free to contact:

Mona Parmar : mona@iycn.in; 9638871011


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What’s New – Global


Executive Summary

“Young people deserve more than just being engaged in climate change policy or action; they need to be empowered and equipped with the necessary skills to act as equal partners in the global response to climate change. This should be our main goal given their creativity, energy and uniqueness.” -Jean Paul Brice Affana, 27, Cameroon

Courtesy: The Commonwealth

Courtesy: The Commonwealth

We are a group of fourteen young experts and practitioners in climate change representing eleven Commonwealth nations who gathered together in London, United Kingdom, from 9-11 June 2015 during the Commonwealth Youth Expert Group Meeting on Climate Change. We  hope our recommendations will be taken forward  by world leaders and Heads of Commonwealth  nations, and be included in their pledges in the  lead up to and during the 21st Conference of the  Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We are fully committed to make the following recommendations happen.

We see the upcoming COP21 as a relevant opportunity to strengthening global partnership and citizens’ participation in climate change. Hence, we recommend the creation of a Global Partnership on Climate Change under the auspices of the UNFCCC to serve as an independent body that strengthens the role of civil society in implementing global climate change responses with meaningful citizens’ participation. Furthermore, the Partnership could play a key role in mobilizing funds for global climate change solutions in support to the Green Climate Fund and other financial institutions.

Enhancing research on climate change and enabling access to information and data are two necessary steps to empower citizens’ action on climate change. For achieving that, we recommend the creation of a Youth Vulnerability Index on Climate Change and Disasters, which can be a mapping tool highlighting the existing and various impacts of climate change and related disasters on children and youth, including those that are marginalised and with disabilities. The Index can be accessible both online and offline in youth friendly ways.

We believe that a strong consideration of young people’s needs and expectations within the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness will help strengthening its role. We recommend a commitment from Commonwealth Member States, other governments and donors to the sustainability of the Alliance through the provision of significant financial resources, institutional endorsement with Article 6 national focal points, and support to the capacity of young people to deliver educational and awareness raising campaigns at local level, while also setting up focal points where needed.

In order to adapting climate change responses to human health, gender and human rights, we recommend the establishment of a United Nations Joint Programme on Gender, Health and Human Rights within the UNFCCC process which can help achieve five key objectives, including: (i) improve gender-responsive climate action and policy, (ii) develop appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures, (iii) support governments to integrate direct and indirect responses to climatic impacts on health in their national development policies, (iv) provide research evidence as a basis of understanding climatic impacts on gender, health and human rights, and (v) protect victims of climate change and disasters from human rights abuse, mainly during extreme weather events and conflicts.

It is possible to transforming climate change into opportunities for youth employment and youth entrepreneurship. We recommend the provision by Commonwealth member states, other governments and relevant institutions of adequate financial resources and capacity support to young entrepreneurs for the creation of youth-led Climate-Smart Agriculture, low-carbon and social enterprises which align expertise, skills, innovation and competence towards low carbon and ‘green’ economies in agricultural transformation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and development.

Disasters pose a huge threat on the lives of world citizens today more than never before. Empowering citizens and youth’s ability and action in disaster risk reduction, recovery and resilience could be achieved. We encourage the UNFCCC Secretariat to mobilise parties to the Convention towards the enforcement of Article 48(e) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 adopted in March 2015 by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which calls for international organisations and treaty bodies, and international financial institutions at the global and regional levels to support developing countries, at their request, in the implementation of the Framework, with youths’ support.

Building the ‘Blue Economy’ and sustainable ocean governance can enable citizens’ well being. The formulation and implementation of national policies which enable sustainable ocean governance and the ‘Blue Economy’ address youth unemployment and job creation by small states’ governments that we recommend to world leaders, can also have indirect action on other social issues affecting young people, such as migration, limited access to information and technologies, participation in crime, lack of participation in governance and policies, etc.

Access to climate funds by governments can be built up on young people empowered role in climate finance if they are provided with necessary skills and participation spaces. We recommend that the Commonwealth Climate Finance Skills Hub which is to be agreed by Heads of Commonwealth governments at their meeting in Malta in November this year includes within its structure youth desks both at the headquarters and at the regional nodes level, as well as a youth representative to be part of the Hub’s governing body.

We ask world leaders to commit at COP21 to achieving a 100% renewable energy future with sustainable energy access for all. We recommend that Parties at the UNFCCC take strides to acknowledge, in a legally-binding agreement, that the long term goal of phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2050 is essential and urgently needed.

We also recommend putting young people at the centre of promoting the use of renewable energy within communities all around the world, building their capacities to do so. We commit to a sustainable post-2015 global agreement on climate change and to be working towards limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius to protect both the environment and our communities from climatic impacts. We ask Heads of Commonwealth nations and other world leaders to hear our voice and act upon our recommendations, and fully include us, our peers, all stakeholders and the international community to take concrete actions and solutions.

Ayesha Constable, Jeal Paul Brice Affana, Kabir Arora, Kelly Mackenzie, Kelvin Anthony, Catherine Gauthier, Tatiana G, Komalirani Y, Karuna Rana,  Yvette Ampaire, Evans Tembo, Godfrey Scott, Blondel Silenou Demanou.


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