UN Climate Change Conference -COP 16
The 16th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework of Climate Change Convention will take place from 29 November to 10 December 2010 in Cancun, Mexico. This is a significant milestone Climate Change and planning what happens after the first implementation phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012.
The WAGGGS delegation, which includes 15 youth delegates from 12 different countries, will ensure the youth voice influences decision-makers on climate change issues affecting girls and young women. Read the delegates profiles, watch the interviews to youth delegates and don't miss the photo album on Flickr!
WAGGGS delegates at COP 16 sang and danced the action song on 2 December, the Young and Future Generations Day, to raise awareness on climate change.
They were joined by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world! Don’t miss the videos and photos we have received from Sangam, Our Cabaña, Denmark and many more!
WAGGGS delegates will be involved in all youth activities organized by YOUNGO, such as the 6th Conference of Youth (COY6), a training and networking opportunity where they will run workshops. The delegates will also contribute to several side events about Article 6 of the Convention, which addresses the issue of climate change related education, training and public awareness, on how education and non formal education can impact climate change.
The WAGGGS stand at the Youth Zone will promote the Climate Change badge, the new 2011 centenary activity pack with the theme ‘Grow’ and the Global Action Theme and showcase the excellent work that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are already doing on climate change around the world.
About the UNFCCC
Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty - the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) usually meets annually for a period of two weeks. These sessions are attended by several thousand government delegates, observer organizations, and journalists. The Conference of the Parties evaluates the status of climate change and the effectiveness of the treaty. It examines the activities of member countries, particularly by reviewing national communications and emissions inventories; it considers new scientific findings; and it tries to capitalize on experience as efforts to address climate change proceed.
For more information about the UNFCCC, please check the official website.
What happened at COP 15
The WAGGGS delegation at the United Nations climate change conference (COP15) in December 2009 in Copenhagen had 23 delegates from 13 diferent countries. Find out how they helped to save our planet