Sri Lankas Inaugural National Youth Climate Conference Set To Empower Young Climate Advocates

Intiqab Rawoof

October 17, 2023


In a landmark development, Sri Lanka is all set to host its very first National Youth Climate Conference, known as the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) Sri Lanka. This pioneering event, officially endorsed by YOUNGO – the Official Youth Constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is hosted by Earth Lanka Youth Network and Global Youth Climate Connect, in partnership with UNICEF and NYSC. It promises to elevate the voices of the nation's youth in the climate action arena. LCOY Sri Lanka stands as an officially endorsed event by YOUNGO, making it a significant and authentic platform for young climate advocates. The event is part of the global UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY) movement, providing essential training for young individuals to actively engage in climate policy discussions. It precedes the annual UN Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties (COP), and aims to equip young participants with the knowledge and skills needed to influence climate policies effectively. The climax of the conference will witness the crafting of the “National Youth Statement for COP28” and the development of the “National Youth Action Plan – 1st Draft.” With 150 delegates set to participate, including 50 school children, this event stands as a defining moment in Sri Lanka’s climate journey. It presents an exceptional opportunity for the nation’s youth to immerse themselves in pressing climate issues, actively shape policy, and steer the course of Sri Lanka’s environmental endeavors.