Principles of LCOY
There are a total of 10 Pillars of Principle, on which a LCOY is based.
These ten principles guide the work of every LCOY. Anyone who follows them can organise an LCOY.
1. Capacity Building and Empowerment
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.
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.
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.
LCOY teams strive to make their conferences as sustainable as possible, noting the regional and national circumstances, and capacities.
5. By youth for youth
The organising process must be led by young people and youth-led Entities. Youth are the primary participants of LCOYs.
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.
7. Preparation for United Nations processes
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.
8. Global Action
LCOY teams are encouraged to undertake activities or projects with other LCOYs promoting regional and global collaboration.
9. Spirit of Cooperation
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 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.
Requirements of LCOY
No to Polluters!
LCOYs do not enter partnerships with fossil fuel companies or other organizations that stand in conflict with the interest of young people.
By Youth, for Youth
LCOYs must be organized by young people and for young people. Elders can be present to observe.
LCOYs must remain transparent about their work by making info openly available to the LCOY WG, other LCOYs and the general public.
Coordination & Cooperation
LCOYs are organized in a spirit of cooperation. If young people or youth movements other than approved people or organization…view more.
LCOYs are organized in a spirit of cooperation. If young people or youth movements other than the hereby approved people and groups wish to organize an LCOY in the same country, the approved LCOY is open to search for ways to cooperate.
Must have an Outcome
LCOYs write and publish an output document capturing the views of
youth participants on UNFCCC
processes, national…view more.
LCOYs write and publish an output document that captures the views of youth participants on UNFCCC processes, national policy issues, or other topics related to climate change or sustainable development.
Submission of Report
LCOYs write and publish a short report that comprises (at least) the no of participants, stats of origin, and cooperating organizations.
These applications can be submitted until 45 days before the Global Conference of Youth (COY) takes place.
The application process aims to prevent conflicts between groups that want to organize LCOYs in the same country or region.
It also offers an opportunity to members of YOUNGO to learn more about the applying team in order to explore ways for future collaboration.
Finally, it allows the LCOY Working Group to check if 6 fundamental requirements for LCOYs are met. These requirements are to be fulfilled by every prospective LCOY team who submits an application to the YOUNGO LCOY Working Group.
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