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Apply Now: Regional Youth Climate Change Adaptation Forums 2023

Apply Now: Regional Youth Climate Change Adaptation Forums 2023

Apply Now: Regional Youth Climate Change Adaptation Forums 2023

Young people have the ability to speed adaptation action while also enabling effective and equitable adaptation programs. Throughout 2023, GCA and the CEO’s Youth Advisory Panel will host six regional Youth Adaptation Forums around the world to raise global ambition, advance national policies, and drive adaptation solutions.

The forums, which will take place in six different parts of the world, will organize young people around the adaptation agenda in advance of the annual Global Youth Dialogue on Adaptation, a major gathering for the youth adaptation movement running up to COP28. The forums’ and young Dialogue’s findings will encourage young perspectives in international climate decision-making processes such as the Africa Climate Summit and COP28.

Regional Youth Climate Change Key objectives:

  • Promote the perspectives of young people in adaptation policies including the Global Goal on Adaptation and National Adaptation Plans to advance inclusive and equitable adaptation decision-making and action by bringing together experts, policy-makers, and young people.
  • Catalyze innovative ideas and adaptation action in young people by featuring African youth leadership around the world, including the African YouthADAPT winners.
  • Establish and strengthen regional connections between young people and youth organizations to scale adaptation actions and strengthen young people’s adaptation advocacy activities by uniting young people for the adaptation agenda.

The regional Youth Adaptation Forums 2022 build on GCA’s flagship consultation process that engaged over 2,300 young people from around the world in 2022 and built momentum for the ‘African COP’. The 2022 regional Youth Adaptation Forums contributed to fostering an intergenerational dialogue between young people and decision-makers by taking place on the margins of international convenings including the triennial World Water Forum in Senegal, the UNFCCC SB56 and the UN High-Level Political Forum, and by involving key international stakeholders including representatives of the COP26 and COP27 Presidencies. The outcomes of the consultations were presented to global leaders at the Africa Adaptation Summit, and at COP27 in the report ‘Youth Engagement with the Global Goal on Adaptation’.

The 2022 regional Youth Adaptation Forums aimed to:
  • Identify youth priorities and recommendations on the Global Goal on Adaptation
  • Promote youth participation in adaptation policy and decision-making processes
  • Accelerate adaptation action by showcasing youth-led climate-resilient solutions including the YouthADAPT Solutions Challenge winners

Regional Youth Climate Change Timeline 2023:

  • Pacific: virtual on 22nd March 2023 on the occasion of World Water Day
  • Asia: virtual on 26th April 2023
  • Americas: virtual on 17th May
  • Europe: in Bonn, Germany on 4th June 2023 immediately prior to the UNFCCC SB58
  • Africa: in Dakar, Senegal in June 2023
  • MENA: virtual on 14th July on the sidelines of the UN High-Level Political Forum
  • Annual Youth Dialogue: in Nairobi, Kenya immediately prior to GCA’s Annual Summit

For more information visit the official webpage: Regional Youth Climate Change 


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