President Obama isn’t the only one speaking in Copenhagen next week.
I will speak at a side event hosted by the European Youth Forum on Thursday, Dec 10th, from 4:30 – 6pm. (Now known as the day after Obama’s visit.🙂 If you’re in the ‘hood and want to attend, here’s a link to the COP15 calendar listing the particulars.
The overall theme of the event will be intergenerational equity and climate change. I’ll lead off, highlighting the work done by the Climate Legacy Initiative led by me and Professor Burns Weston, which culminated in the CLI’s policy paper, Recalibrating the Law of Humans with the Laws of Nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice last April. Next will be Margrete Auken, Danish Member of European Parliament (Green/Free Alliance group), who will speak about the economic impact of climate change on current and future generations, the need for political action, and the role of young politicians and young citizen involvement. Michaela Hogenboom, who is the official youth delegate from the Netherlands, will talk about her country’s youth delegates program, their participation in various UN meetings within the Dutch delegation, and how this experience enhances youth participation and intergenerational equity. Invitations are pending to the Chair of AOSIS. Ben Vanpeperstraete, Board Member of the European Youth Forum, will moderate the event.
This event will be the last one in a day of youth organization events intended to highlight the intergenerational impacts of climate change. A reception right afterward at the Bella Center (where the COP15 meeting is taking place) and later a big Youth Constituency reception in downtown Copenhagen will cap off the day.
The European Youth Forum is an umbrella organization for some 100 youth organizations in Europe, with each comprising many more constituent organizations ranging from student groups to political parties, sport clubs, and the Scouts. The Forum is recognized as the key representative of young people in Europe, towards institutions like the U.N., E.U., and the Council of Europe. It will have a 30-member delegation in Copenhagen, half of them being the official youth delegates in the national European delegations.