COY & COP

The Conference of Youth (COY) is organized annually by YOUNGO as a youth event similar to the UN Climate Conference (COP - Conference of the Parties). YOUNGO is the official youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC).

UN Climate Change Conference (COP)

The COP is the official climate conference of the world community under the UNFCCC. It has been held annually since 1995. It was established to prevent dangerous human-induced disruption of the global climate system. In the meantime, 197 parties, including the EU and Germany, have ratified the convention. This has created the basis under international law for global climate protection and laid the foundation for the development of a sustainable and resource-saving global economy. The UNFCCC Secretariat is based in Bonn. 

The Kyoto Protocol

At the first COP of the UNFCCC held in Berlin in 1995, the "Berlin Mandate" was adopted. This led to the drafting of the Kyoto Protocol at the 1997 COP in Japan. The contracting states committed themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5% relative to 1990 levels by 2012.

In 2012, the Kyoto Protocol was extended to 2020 with new targets, but has not yet been confirmed by all parties. 

The Paris Agreement

In the Paris Agreement of 2015, all UNFCCC member states committed themselves to reducing global warming to at least 2°C and if possible even 1.5°C. These temperatures are relative to pre-industrial levels and are targeted by appropriate policies.

Conference of Youth (COY)

Since 2009, YOUNGO, an officially recognized youth organization, organizes an annual COY as a supplement to the UNFCCC. It is supposed to be a platform for young people and young adults to network, strengthen professional skills and to pass on concrete proposals to the COP. In order to expand access to co-determination, Local COYs have been additionally held since 2015. Since 2019 there is also an LCOY in Germany.

Conference of Youth (COY)

Since 2009, YOUNGO, an officially recognized youth organization, organizes an annual COY as a supplement to the UNFCCC. It is supposed to be a platform for young people and young adults to network, strengthen professional skills and to pass on concrete proposals to the COP. In order to expand access to co-determination, Local COYs have been additionally held since 2015. Since 2019 there is also an LCOY in Germany.