[VANCOUVER, BC, August 21, 2019] – The BC Council for International Cooperation’s Climate Multilateral Affairs Coordinator Jianfeng Jeffrey Qi was recently accepted to attend the first ever UN Youth Climate Summit in New York City on Saturday, September 21. The historic event will be a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time. It will be the largest gathering of young climate leaders at the UN in history.
Over 7,000 young people between the ages of 18 to 29 were nominated to attend the Youth Climate Summit. Jeffrey was one of the 500 young people from around the world selected to attend the Summit after demonstrating their commitment to addressing the climate crisis and displaying leadership in advancing solutions.
The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge. It will be action oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
“Youth are showing us the way on climate action,” said Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba. “I am eager for young climate leaders from all over the world to take their rightful place on the global stage and participate in this historic moment.”
Jianfeng Jeffrey Qi is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, majoring in political science and minoring in environment and society. He is the Coordinator for Climate Multilateral Affairs at the BC Council for International Cooperation’s Climate Initiative, a youth-led policy initiative comprised of UBC students.