Building a Resilient Future Led By Youth
The Club of Rome and its youth engagement programme, The 50 Percent, in partnership with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Friendship, Slum Dwellers International (SDI), and Manuia are launching a Youth Resilience Hub at COP27.
The hub is set to help young leaders from climate-impacted communities feel empowered and increase their agency for resilience - resilience both on a personal level through transformative leadership skills and to help strengthen the climate resilience of the places in which they live.
The futures of young people around the world are being devastated by the impacts of climate change, forcing them to mobilise and act. Young people are stepping into leadership roles in their communities, in local government, and even becoming youth-negotiators to take their urgent need for climate resilience into national and international decision-making.
Yet there are few leadership support programmes or networks for young climate resilience leaders.
The aim of the hub is to help young leaders radically strengthen climate resilience in the places they live and help them with personal development support and transformative leadership skills.
The Youth Resilience Hub will offer emerging leaders a range of experiences and capabilities necessary for them to take and fulfil leadership roles with confidence, durability, creativity, and expertise.
It aims to provide the means, support, skills, space, and confidence for young people to meaningfully participate in climate policy and programming, help reshape institutions and influence decision-making.
Importantly, the hub will provide a platform for knowledge exchange with and between youth from the most vulnerable communities and climate-impacted regions globally.
'Youth at the COP27 Children in Youth Pavilion with Youth Resilience Hub partners Runa Khan, Friendship, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome, Saleem Huq, ICCCAD, Gonzalo Muñoz, Manuia', and Sheela Patel, SDI
Involve, engage, and enable youth in driving and implementing transformative systems solutions for building resilience in terms of anticipating, coping and recovering from extreme climate-related events.
Inclusion & Collaboration
Foster collaborative and integrated exchanges amongst young people to enable them to share experiences, knowledge and solutions, tapping into their inner spirit of social accountability, community engagement, and responsibilities.
Visibility & Advocacy
Promote and coordinate leadership and advocacy efforts and meaningful youth participation in the global, regional and national fora on climate resilience. Engage youth negotiators and enable them to bring their insights and experience into international decision-making.
RESILIENCE HUB SUPPORTERS
“If there is one thing that has become clear at COP27 it is this: young people continue to be key players on climate action - from bringing innovative ideas, delivering impactful projects on the ground to holding our leaders accountable. Young people must be recognised as the leaders they are.”
Vanessa Terschluse, Greenhouse Communications / The 50 Percent (Brazil/UK)
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