“A Platform to Mobilize Children Globally to Influence Climate Finance, Policy Makers in Favor of the Global South“
Rationale: Introducing the Global Children’s Climate Summit
Today’s children and future generations will bear a disproportionate share of the burden of climate change, which will affect their well-being through many direct, indirect, and societal pathways. The climate crisis is fundamentally and irreversibly reshaping our world, with serious consequences for current and future generations of children’s rights. This impact will disproportionately affect girls, children from low and middle-income countries, children with disabilities, refugee and internally displaced children, separated and unaccompanied children, and children in conflict settings, among others. They bear the brunt of the losses and damage caused by climate change to education, health and human capital, land, cultural heritage, indigenous and local knowledge, and biodiversity
Children are disproportionately affected by changes in their environments due to their unique metabolism, physiology, and developmental needs. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that children are not likely to be adequately represented at the upcoming COP28 as most delegates will be adults and some youth.
The Global Children’s Climate Summit (GCCS) Alignment with Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The GCCS contributes to child participation in climate action by engaging children with the COP28 youth envoy and youth advocates. This aligns with the broader United Nations initiatives to involve children in decision-making processes that affect their lives and future.The Global Children’s Climate Summit (GCCS) can be aligned with several relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to strengthen its impact and contribute to broader sustainable development efforts. Here’s how the GCCS aligns with each of the mentioned SDGs:
GCCS Specific Objectives
1. Promote Child Participation and mobilize girls and boys to share their opinions regarding the impact of climate change on their lives.
2. To conduct accelerated certified climate training to children and adolescents during the GCCS.
3. Engagement with the COP28 youth envoy, and youth advocates in a bid to promote their delegated representation at COP28 and key decision-making spaces involving children.
4. Promote commitment at the highest political levels, to goals and strategies for ensuring development of children as key elements in the development of all countries.
5. Build advocacy skills to promote awareness of environmental child rights legislation to reflect on the child rights violations associated with the climate change crisis and get proposed solutions from the affected girls and boys.
6. To explore the utilization of technologies like artificial intelligence AI, drones, and mobile technology for climate solutions.
7. To develop a global document that will be a voice and action for children that will be the main outcome statement and global children’s climate action strategy to attain the right to survival as well as equal participation in all spaces despite being children.
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Methodology of the Engagement
The methodology of the Global Children’s Climate Summit (GCCS) involves a structured approach to achieve its specific objectives and expected outcomes. It is designed to ensure the active participation and engagement of children in the climate change discourse, providing them with a platform to voice their concerns and ideas. The methodology can be outlined as follows:
• Child-led Approach: The summit is organized and led by the children themselves, with a child-led committee responsible for planning, coordinating, and initiating the event. This ensures that children are at the forefront of the decision-making process and actively involved in shaping the agenda.
• Inclusive Participation: The summit aims to mobilize and involve both children and adolescent girls and boys on from various backgrounds to share their opinions and experiences regarding the impact of climate change on their lives, including adolescents. Inclusivity is emphasized to create a diverse and representative platform for discussion.
• Creche: Since the idealist Ellyanne started her passion at the age of 4 years, the GCCS will also include a creche of kids 4 year to 7 years who will participate in a separate tent by drawing and colouring their interpretation of climate change, with the support of teachers
• Workshops and Discussions: The summit spans three days and includes workshops, panel discussions, and interactive sessions where children can voice their concerns, ideas, and proposed solutions related to climate change. These sessions facilitate engagement, collaboration, and the exchange of knowledge among participants.
• COP28 Youth Envoy and Advocates: The summit aims to facilitate the engagement of children with the COP28 youth envoy and youth advocates. This provides children and adolescents with the opportunity to be represented in key decision-making spaces involving climate change, ACS, UNGA 78 and COP28.
• Communique Outcome Statement: A global document, named the “Outcome Statement” or “Global Children’s Climate Action Strategy” will be developed by the Children during the summit. This document serves as the voice and action plan for the children, outlining their demands and as- pirations for climate action. A communique is issued, featuring the voices of girls and boys, clearly communicating their demands and expectations from the GCCS 2023 and COP28 negotiators. This communique is included in the official statement by the COP28 Youth Envoy during her address.
• Award & Gala Diner: The end of GCCS will culminate into an award ceremony to recognize children, leaders, companies, Embassies, development banks, children-organizationson who have done the most on climate action and children rights.