From the 7th to 18th of November, the CUNCR Team was at the COP27 in Egypt.
In the middle of the Desert, surrounded by the sand and the camels, we went
advocating for Climate Democracy, for Climate Justice, for ending wars, for a world
parliament, for youth voice, for human rights.
For everything we all deserve but still don’t have.
Objectives of this COP and our achievement
Facing the failure of the last COP, the 26 one in Glasgow, the world leaders, the activist, and CUNCR had many objectives for this year. The focus of CUNCR is always on advocating for Climate Democracy but this year YCA also add a bigger role and autonomy.
Our main objectives were to :
- Create a strong network of NGOs and national governments members to work with us in our reforestation projects in Global South
We did meet such people, especially people from South America where we currently developing an IGreen project. Two YCA also met Papousi New Guinea's Minister of Housing which whom they had a great talk to build future projects especially if CUNCR decides to focus the IGreen project on mangroves.
- Advertise the YCA program: share youth experience with older and find new members to join
During this COP, the YCA program was definitely at the center of our work. We met many young people, members of an NGO or members of a state delegation, to whom we introduced the YCA program. Many have shown great interest in our program and would potentially like to join it in 2023. We are particularly looking for young people from the Global South to develop projects in their countries like IGreen but also educational projects around the notion of climate democracy. Having strong press coverage
- Share our journey on social media
Social networks have now become the primary means of expression for all NGOs. It is both the easiest and fastest way to share information, opinions and raise awareness among the general public and especially young people. This is why CUNCR has tried to increase its presence on social networks and even if work remains to be done, we have seen a respective audience for our posts and a growing interest for our publications.
- Give and follow conferences and learn from others
CUNCR gave two seminars during this COP. The first one was on youth and civil society participation in the Climate debate and the second one was on ending wars and stopping climate change solutions. The two seminars were a great success and can be found online. YCA and members of the board also went and gave some conferences regarding diff erent aspects of Climate Democracy.
Finally, we can conclude that CUNCR met all of its objectify for this COP and can definitely see bigger for the next one.
COP27 CUNCR Side Events
This year, CUNCR gave two conferences at COP27 regarding
- Climate Democracy and
- solutions to end wars and climate disasters.
The first side event was held on November 10th.
- Panel Discussion: Climate Democracy - Youth and People Empowerment
CUNCR was delighted to host as speakers : Dr. S.M Sharei (Iran/United States) and Vernita Pearl Fort (United State)
The seminar focused on the tiny role COP and other international organizations or governments give to youth and civil society in general. We were able to experiment at COP that civil society had very little space in comparison with the lobbies. Protests or even organizing a seminar were hard.
During this seminar we truly raise awareness about the space youth should have at international events and in their own government. Climate Democracy and Climate Justice are about their future and institutions should give them the space to be part of the process.
The second side event was held on November 15th.
2.The second side event was held on November 15th.
CUNCR was delighted to host as speakers : Hasegawa Sukehiro (Japan), Vesselin Popovski (Russia), Mathilde Angeledei (France), Vernita Pearl Fort (United States), Dr. S.M Sharei (Iran/United States)
The seminar focused on the link between climate change and war. We can outline that wars are often started for money reasons same as climate disaster projects. Changing the United Nations, and ending the security council will make it illegal to start wars for so materialist reasons.
Also, speakers outline the fact that wars cost a lot - in money and life - but moreover cost a lot to the environment. Weapons, especially chemical weapons are creating irreversible damage to the environment and the population. Stopping wars is a way of preventing any environmental disasters and saving money for humanitarian or environmental projects.
Finally, the solution is always the same: changing the United Nations. Make this organization strong enough to prevent and forbid any unjustified war. Without war, in peacetime, people and governments will have enough resources to protect the environment and everyone's future.
Advocating is always the biggest part of CUNCR work at COP even if it's also the hardest one. In groups or individually we went to almost all the pavilion to introduce ourselves, to introduce CUNCR and the YCA program to people.
People were very receptive to our approach. Many did not know the term Climate Democracy, they were also very impressed to see so many young people interested in the subject. Most of them were not necessarily aware that a modification of the UN Charter could be possible.
Advocating require also a presence on social media. We shared a lot of photos and videos of our diff erent moments at the COP. However, it could be interesting for the next COPs to allow the YCA to take part in the process every day with interviews of their work and their meetings at the COP.
During the two weeks of the COP27 we organized four protests, three outside and one inside.
The outside as the inside protests were very strict and we had to face issues with the security who was suspicious, especially regarding the word "democracy" because it's a political term and Egypt is not a democratic country. Despite the diffi culties, we did great protests and brought a lot of attention to CUNCR, the YCA program, and our fight for Climate Democracy.
We also had a lot of press coverage: Aztecas TV (Mexico), SENTV (Senegal), RTL (Belgium), Ouest France (France), Sat7 (India)
A lot of YCA were also part of many protests that occur during the two weeks of the COP with others NGOs
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Next year's objective: the road to COP28 in Dubai
COP27 was a great success for CUNCR but we truly feel we can do even better next year with a little more preparation. We learned a lot from this COP, from advocating to protest and for COP28 we will come with even more energie and goals to achieve.