The International Youth Climate Summit’s main topic was the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG 10 (Reducing Inequalities) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).
The purpose of the meeting was to summarize the main topics of climate challenges for young people and include them into a Youth Declaration.
The meeting was attended by young people from various European countries, such as Montenegro, Slovenia, Italy, Georgia, Albania, France, Portugal, Hungary and more. Young Europeans met to discuss the topic of climate change and its connection with the health of young people, society and the entire planet, as well as the reduction of inequalities.
During the two days of the summit, many panel discussions, presentations and interactive sections were held and led by speakers from various countries and organizations, including Katja Čič, Manager at YHO, Tomaž Gorenc, Director of Institute for Health and Environment, Viktor Jósa from CliMates, Bonolo Madibe from Youth Environment Europe and Matthias Braubach from WHO European Centre for Environment and Health.
Besides the Sustainable Development Goals, the participants also got to explore other topics at the summit. They tried their hand at Global Governance Role-Play Simulation on Environmental Health and Climate Change, explored the One Health approach and many others.
The result of the meeting was the Youth Declaration, the content of which was 8 key areas:
- Support young people and youth organizations in implementing local and global initiatives that are combating climate crisis and inequalities.
- Integrate Education for Sustainable Development in formal education curriculum with special emphasis on solving the problems.
- Secure sustainable food supply chains, safe and nutritious diet for everyone and systemically limit the overconsumption and food waste.
- Invest in efficient, affordable and internationally connected public transport and provide subsidies for climate friendly vehicles.
- Bringing more opportunities to rural and remote areas, decentralize the institutions and spread the decision making powers.
- Include young people in decision making and implementation of science based and not capital based policies that address climate crisis and health inequalities.
- Invest in sustainable spatial planning with special emphasis on climate adaptation and mitigation and community development in urban and rural areas.
- Include the discussion about degrowth in political and economic debates and set the plans for its implementation.
The declaration can be found here.