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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I attend one of the COYs?
    Go to the individual websites of the respective LCOYs and look for a link to a registration form. In case, no registration form is shared, try to reach the LCOY organisers via the contact form. The participation should be generally open to anyone who is interested!
  • Is there funding available to cover my participation in one of the COYs?
    Usually there is no funding available. In most cases (unless stated differently in the information of the COYs), you will have to cover your costs yourself.
  • What is LCOY?
    Local COYs (LCOY) aim to bring together youth from one country or area. At LCOYs, youth participate as part of national and regional movements. They focus on climate related topics which have high national importance, discuss and develop respective outputs, which are fed into the Global COY and consequently into the UN climate negotiations. They normally take place before the Global COY. Furthermore, they also serve the purpose to train youth and to build their capacities for climate action. Here you can find more info. Website: Facebook: Instagram: Email:
  • Why do I need an official approval to be able to organise a LCOY?
    As explained in the section About COY, the name, “LCOY”, is the collective intellectual property of YOUNGO, and as such may only be used by YOUNGO, or by other youth entities who YOUNGO has given permission. Hence, you need the official approval by YOUNGO. Otherwise, in case of use of term LCOY without endorsement, various steps might be taken which include, but are not limited to: (1) contacting the sponsors of the proposed Local COY, (2) issuing (a) public statement(s), (3) not recognizing any outputs from the COY for inclusion in YOUNGO’s work at the COP.
  • When should the LCOY take place?
    Ideally, it should take place within 4 weeks before the Global COY (which usually takes place at during the weekend before the start of the annual climate summit). However, if suited reasons are given, a LCOY can also take place before that. 4 weeks before the Global COY is not a hard-timeline, although it is a suggested one. Also, coordinating the scheduling of sub-national, national, sub-regional and regional LCOYs in a region might be expedient to make sure that outcomes of each LCOYs can be fed into the LCOY on the next broader level.
  • Can there be more than one LCOY in the same country/region?
    Ideally, only one LCOY should take place per country or “region”. However, in case it makes sense due to logistical or geographical reasons, it might be possible that two separate LCOYs take place in the same country/region. In any case, close communication with all involved actors will be happen before any approval.
  • Our request has been rejected, can we hand in an updated version?"
    Yes, you can submit an updated version of the request to be considered in the forthcoming tranches.
  • We do not speak English, can we still organise a Local COY?"
    Absolutely yes, a Local COY can be hosted in any language. It is indeed encouraged that LCOYs adapt to the regional and national circumstances relevant to them. However, we encourage that communication with YOUNGO should preferably happen in English, French or other official UN languages.
  • How the collaboration among LCOYs and the Global COY look like?
    In the past, different collaboration took place: 1. Video project: a collective video to present the whole of LCOYs 2. Livestreams 3. Cross promotion on Social media 4. LCOY organisers (who were able to travel to GCOY) presenting their outputs in-person at GCOY 5. General exchange on organisation and focus topics/central themes Please note that this is very much dependent on capacities and circumstances of GCOY and the LCOY, and new ideas of collaboration can be explored and are welcome.
  • What happens if we do not comply with the Local COY Agreement?
    Failure to uphold this agreement can result in YOUNGO withdrawing its endorsement of the Local COY in question, should reasonable efforts within the COY WG not resolve such problems. Dissociation may include, but it is not limited to: 1) contacting the sponsors of the Local COY, 2) issuing (a) public statement(s), 3) not recognizing any outputs from the COY for inclusion in YOUNGO’s work at the COP.
  • My organisation wants to organise a regional or sub-regional COY, how do we proceed?"
    If you and your organisation want to organise a LCOY in your region or sub-region, please reach out with the subject: "RCOY request: (Name of the region)." The Mentoring and Applications Sub-WG of the COY WG will take your request and evaluate it case by case. Please, Contact us before making any concrete actions. We will contact you with organizations and YOUNGO members of the same region or sub-region that are planning the same or have already successfully requested for the approval by YOUNGO. As regional and sub-regional COYs are also characterized by an organizing team that represents the diversity of nationalities in the region or sub-region, reaching out to YOUNGO is helpful to find further organisations willing to support the respective planning process. By reaching out to the COY Liasions, the COY WG or the YOUNGO mailing list you will also find out, whether there is already a regional or sub-regional COY planned and who might be the contact to reach out to in order to join the organising team. IMPORTANT: For approving your request, the coordination team of the RCOY must represent the diversity of the region & the RCOY must engourage to host national LCOYs & the RCOY must have the endorsment of (at least) 5 national LCOYs approved in the region that are happening the same year.
  • What does it mean to be approved as a Local COY?
    This can entail several benefits: 1. Authorisation to use “Local Conference of Youth (LCOY)” as the branding of your conference. 2. Endorsement by YOUNGO, as a part of which you will be provided with an official approval letter in English and any other requested language (depending on the capacity for translations) 3. Authorisation to use the official logo(s) of YOUNGO on all relevant forms of branding (such as website, flyers, publications, etc.) associated with the LCOY. 4. Have the outputs of the LCOY being formally fed into GCOY and YOUNGO through avenues that are used by YOUNGO 5. Have the opportunity to present your LCOY at a centralized website and YOUNGO website (should such and further such avenues exist) 6. Being approved may not necessarily entail any financial benefits (note that YOUNGO, currently, is volunteer-run)
  • I am curious about YOUNGO and want to get involved: what shall i do?
    Yeey, another interested person! Just send us quick mail at and we will provide you with further information.
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