Local Action Worldwide
Local Conferences of Youth (LCOY) are events by YOUNGO, the official children and youth constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change. LCOY organisers bring the annual climate negotiations to their home countries and make sure that words are turned into action. At LCOYs, young people connect to each other, teach, learn, and organise themselves to make their voices heard to our state leaders. LCOYs form a network in which youth can connect across borders and explore ways to collaborate on a regional and global level.
LCOYs – embedded in YOUNGO
Formally recognized in 2009, YOUNGO serves as the voice of young people and children from across the globe in United Nations processes on climate change and sustainable development. Since the very beginning, YOUNGO has organized and hosted the annual Conference of Youth; a meeting that provides a crucial space for youth to gather for networking, topical trainings, and preparation to effectively engage in the Conference of Parties (COP), the annual United Nations climate negotiations.
In 2015, a global wave of energy sparked an interest by many young people who could not attend the global COY in Paris to organize parallel events. Known as “Local COYs”, these meetings played a critical role in mobilizing more young people for climate action than ever before around the world. This practice of Local COYs continued since then. As the world now moves into pursuing implementation of the Paris Agreement and raising ambitions on national and global levels, it is more important than ever to build a strong global youth network that is firmly rooted in local action.
Become and LCOY organiser
Local Conferences of Youth are events by and embedded in YOUNGO. They build capacities of young people and train and educate them to take action on climate change and sustainable development.
Engagement in the organising process of, and participation at the Local COYs follows the principle of inclusivity. YOUNGO welcomes and values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to the climate movement, and encourages Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQI+, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to be involved and represented throughout the LCOY processes. People with all levels of education and experience are welcome. We recognize that this list is neither exhaustive nor representative of the intersectionality present within each individual.
LCOYs provide space for young people to learn about, educate, train for, and contribute to UN climate processes, including the UN climate change negotiations and related sustainable development processes.
The organising process must be led by young people and youth-led Entities. Youth are the primary participants of LCOYs.
LCOYs are part of and nurture a community of young people who want to work together to fight climate change and promote mutual empowerment. To do so, LCOYs actively cooperate with
- young people and youth organisations within the same country or region,
- other LCOYs, especially those in the same region,
- the YOUNGO LCOY Working Group,
- the Global COY and other relevant processes and avenues within YOUNGO.
LCOY organizing teams communicate actively with the LCOY Working Group and other actors. This will help us as an international movement and constituency of young people to learn from the experiences and mistakes made on the local level.
LCOY teams strive to make their conferences as sustainable as possible, noting the regional and national circumstances, and capacities.
LCOY organizers engage in and strengthen already-existing networks of young people and youth Entities in the country and region the LCOY takes place in. In absence of such avenues, LCOYs are encouraged to lay foundation for new networks.
LCOY teams are encouraged to undertake activities or projects with other LCOYs promoting regional and global collaboration.
LCOY teams are encouraged to experiment with creative ideas that would form basis of their learning. The best practices and lessons learned are shared with the broader YOUNGO community to help other youth for future projects.