UNICEF Children’s Climate Forum Forwards Declaration to COP15
4 December 2009: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the city of Copenhagen, Denmark, organized a Children's Climate Forum from 28 November-4 December 2009, in the run up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15).
The Forum brought together 164 children, aged 14 to 17 years, from 44 developing and developed countries. During the closing ceremony, the Forum issued a Children's Declaration, which was presented to COP 15 President Connie Hedegaard (Denmark). The Declaration emphasizes the need for: industrialized countries to increase financing for climate change adaptation; cities to be well planned and sustainable; the establishment of emergency protocols and safety standards to adequately deal with climate-induced disasters; the improvement of water conservation; and the setting up of educational activities on the occurrence of floods, sea-level rise and biodiversity-related impacts.
In the Declaration, the children commit themselves to take action against climate change through environmentally-sustainable personal choices and to demand actions from their governments to address climate change. The Declaration also includes recommendations to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through: new energy-efficient technologies; investments in sustainable transport infrastructure; the establishment of a carbon trading system; the definition of new classifications for countries according to their emission levels; the development of national recycling plans; and mandatory climate change education in schools. In order to follow-up on the implementation of the Declaration, a social network was established by the young people attending the Forum. [UNICEF Press Release][Children's Climate Forum][The Declaration]