Youth demands for COP 27

All Parties at COP 27

Ahead of COP 27, we are sharing demands of the youth in the Loss and damage Youth Coalition. We demand COP 27  be the COP of actions on Loss and damage. This is a summary page. You can read our full document here: Read our full COP 27 demands on our website

To: All Parties at COP 27
From: [Your Name]

The main demand of our coalition is Loss and Damage Finance Now!

We, the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition (LDYC), a youth coalition of over 400 members from over 40 countries in the Global North and South, add our voice to global civil society demands through our Loss and Damage Finance Now Campaign. We want to actively ensure that the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2022 (COP 27) will be the conference where longstanding decisions for tangible concerted actions are taken to address the climate crisis with a special focus on loss and damage. Our key demands to the world leaders are as follows:

1. Commit to urgently establishing a loss and damage finance facility which provides new, additional, and accessible funding to address and limit irreversible and life-changing impacts on young people.

2. Ensure that the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage (SNLD) is fully operationalized to serve the needs of developing countries.

2.1 Provide a proper finance mechanism to the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage that will allow developing countries vulnerable to climate change's negative impacts to secure the technical assistance to express the gap and the need for concrete action.
2.2 Prioritise children’s and youth’s rights, gender equality, and intergenerational equity in the operationalisation of the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage.
2.3 Ensure SNLD focal points at the national and international levels are identified, a clear role for the Warsaw International Mechanism, and a robust coordinating body with a mandate for meaningful youth engagement as a fundamental principle.

3. Loss and Damage must be included and profoundly reflected upon in the discussions under the Global Stocktake (GST).

4. We urge that Loss and Damage become a permanent agenda in all
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, at all Conference of Parties (COP), Subsidiary Bodies (SBs), and Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA).

4.1 Loss and Damage should have contact points (LDCPs) at the national level, and each Party must designate the LDCPs by 2023, at COP 28.

5. Establish a Youth Advisory Committee on Loss and Damage to develop a fair, meaningful, inclusive youth approach to making decisions and acting on loss and damage

6. Ensure transparency to sustain climate action in vulnerable regions located especially in developing countries.

7. Prioritise collaboration work between stakeholders and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the Pacific and monitor the impacts of climate change and how to resolve them through financing.

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