Open call for Youth Delegates to SB 50 (UN Climate Change Intersessional)

Representing BC Youth on the Global Stage

Open call for Youth Delegates to SB 50

Deadline to Apply: 26th March 2019 23:59 PST

Introduction

The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is excited to announce the opening of applications for youth delegates to SB 50. Building off the success of 2018’s COP24 youth delegation, BCCIC is looking to continue empowering youth voices in the international climate negotiation space.

In 2015, world leaders gathered in Paris and demonstrated a global commitment for decisive action on climate change: limiting planetary warming to “well-below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels, while aspiring for a 1.5°C target threshold. The Paris Agreement is a truly universal agreement that is the result of efforts from all countries, both developed and developing. This is reflected not only in the adoption of the Paris Agreement by 197 Parties, but also by the unprecedented contributions communicated over the past three years. As of January 2019, of the total 197 Parties to the UNFCCC, 185 have ratified the Paris Agreement.

Many people are still touched by the moment when global leaders, negotiators, representatives from the world’s youth, Indigenous Peoples, businesses, social justice advocates, and environmental communities burst into cheers at COP 21. This year, negotiators and civil society representatives will once again assemble to work collectively on advancing climate action worldwide.

This meeting of the subsidiary bodies will be comprised of the following sessions:

  • the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 50);
  • the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 50);

This year’s conference will be held from 17-27 June 2019, in Bonn, Germany.

What are these meetings about?

The Subsidiary SBI is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP and the CMP through the assessment and review of the effective implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol. The SBI also advises the COP on budgetary and administrative matters. Find more here: https://unfccc.int/process/bodies/subsidiary-bodies/subsidiary-body-for-implementation-sbi

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and technological Advice (SBSTA) is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP, the CMP and the CMA through the provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters as they relate to the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Find more here:  https://unfccc.int/process/bodies/subsidiary-bodies/sbsta

Who is a youth delegate?

  1. The Youth Delegate is a representative of young people.
  2. The Youth Delegate is a young person themself.
  3. The Youth Delegate is a representative of BCCIC, and behaves in accordance with the principles and objectives of the organization.

Why Youth Engagement is Important

Youth play an integral role in the international community’s effort of achieving a sustainable world. “There are more young people in the world than ever before, creating unprecedented potential for economic and social progress,” writes the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

With about 1.8 billion young people worldwide between the ages of 10 and 24, actively engaging youth in decision-making processes enables intergenerational collaboration to truly implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 – inclusive partnerships that collectively seek solutions that benefit our society, the planet, and its inhabitants.

Strengthening intergenerational collaboration entails providing mentorship and education of youth, as well as valuing young people’s opinions and creative solutions. More importantly, by further promoting youth participation and engagement, we are creating a momentum of fostering stewardship and sustainable development values amongst the future designers, politicians, engineers, and architects of the world. Investing in the next generation of young leaders will yield positive results – long term and short term – that contribute to the global integration of the SDGs and more robust climate and social justice actions.

The Youth Delegate is expected to:

  • Be available for the full duration of the meeting, or be available and have a preference for one of the periods suggested.
  • Fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.
    • The latter to be discussed within the delegation once selected.
    • BCCIC can issue support letter for fundraising or grant application if requested.
  • Actively participate in the delegation’s preparations.
  • Actively engage with the different participants and stakeholders at the conference (Country Representatives, other civil societies, YOUNGO/ENGO members etc.).

Before departing the Youth Delegate shall:

  • Meet with BCCIC staff to develop a plan of engagement while at SB 50 that will reflect the principles and the work of BCCIC.
  • Review details of the Paris Agreement (https://goo.gl/eTqgbE), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (https://goo.gl/Rp7V45) and the work of previous BCCIC youth delegations (www.bccic.ca/cop24-impact-report/)
  • Study the UNFCCC’s recent developments, especially those related to BC and Canada’s interests, youth issues, and other UN governing bodies.
  • Hold briefings with civil society (mainly youth organizations) which will be an enabling tool in the fair representation of Canadian young people.

At the session the Youth Delegate will:

  • Form part of BCCIC’s official delegation.
  • Provide BCCIC with a Canadian youth point of view.
  • Attend and report on the negotiation meetings attended by BCCIC.
  • Attend and report on the side-events relating to the SDGs and other BCCIC working areas, and those which interest the delegate.
  • Actively promote the integration of SDGs and global climate actions through meetings with other civil societies, country delegates, and the UNFCCC current and incoming presidency if possible.
  • Prepare daily dispatches of meeting and networking experiences for traditional and social media (BCCIC blog posts, tweets, op-eds).
  • Build strong networking relations with the other Youth Delegates in order to carry out future Initiatives.
  • Work with other youth non-stakeholder actors (NSAs) to increase the priority placed on youth issues by the Canadian government as well as by other Member States.
  • Assist BCCIC in general administrative tasks.

After conference the Youth Delegate will:

  • Write at least one brief report reflecting on his or her experiences for BCCIC, to be used in social and/or traditional media.
  • Co-design and participate in a BCCIC webinar on their experiences and the major outcomes of the SB in regards to youth issues.
  • If desired, continue to work on issues relating to youth engagement and sustainable development with BCCIC.

Eligibility

  • Must be between the ages of 18-24, inclusively;
  • Reside in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

Important criteria for selection of delegates include

  • Interest, and understanding of sustainable development and climate change issues, specifically the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda, and the SDG framework;
  • Level of ambition for social change and passion for the social well-being of others;
  • Depth of connection with the province of British Columbia and an understanding of sustainable development issues unique to the province;
  • Experience in advocacy, climate actions, sustainable development, and the general engagement with global issues and local community;
  • Motivation to contribute to BCCIC’s efforts on promoting the SDGs and strengthening civil societies’ collaboration on climate action and global sustainable development;
  • An achievable/realistic funding justification;
  • Commitment to learn new information, gain new skills, and participate in BCCIC’s projects even beyond the conference.

To apply

To apply, please submit applications to colton@bccic.ca before March 26th 2019, 23:59 PST. Please put “UNFCCC SB50 Application – [Your Name]” as the subject of the e-mail. Late and/ or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

What you need to submit?

Please submit your CV/résumé and a letter of motivation containing answers to the following questions:

  • How do the SDGs connect to my day to day life? (less than 300 words)
    • Are there any specific SDGs that I work with on a regular basis?
  • Why is youth participation important for global climate action? (less than 300 words)
  • How can I contribute to the conference, and what unique skills can I draw upon to advance the work of the BCCIC delegation? (max. 200 words)
    • What differentiates me from other applicants?
    • Have you interned/worked at an NGO before? Led a climate change related project? Are you studying in a relevant field of study at your post-secondary institution?
  • How do I plan to finance my participation?
    • You may apply for grants from your post-secondary institution or other non-profit organizations, foundations, and companies.
    • Please be as specific as possible.
  • How can my participation benefit the youth of British Columbia? (less than 200 words)

You may also submit any supplementary information about yourself in a creative manner: an essay, a poem, or a video, but this is optional. Know that opportunities like this are rare and you will be competing with equally qualified individuals.

Accepted applicants will receive online or in-person preparation as soon as the results are released. BCCIC commits to train, brief and prepare all delegates; and to smoothly coordinate the delegation throughout the conference.

All applicants will be notified of their application results.

*Any questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Jeffrey Qi at jeffrey@bccic.ca.

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