By Shrina Kurani These past two weeks have been the ultimate convening of experts and the people in a position of power to put that expert knowledge to work. But today, the Young European Leadership had its first Press Conference at COP23! After two weeks at COP23, we gave an update on what we learned, … Continue reading COP 23 Day 12: Young European Leadership: Millennials, Accepting the Challenge. Braver, Further, Faster.
How the Digital Communications Workgroup on the Digital and Communications Affairs Council is Tackling Fake News By Claudia Scandol The main focus of one of the workgroups at this year’s Young European Council in the Digital and Communications Affairs Council was fake news and digital communications. This topic has been extremely salient of late in … Continue reading Working Towards a Positive Change by Fighting Negativity with Quality
By Frida Hoffmann at YEC17 During the negotiations at the Labour Affairs Council of the Young European Council 2017, the issue of unpaid internships surfaced and became one of the leading motives of the Council. We are in the age when sacrificing time to have valuable experience is the only way to get a well-paid … Continue reading Youth and internships: Why it is now time to move away from them
‘Cities are essential to our survival as a species in the 21st century’ – this statement voiced by Robert Muggah at the Smart City Expo World Congress highlights the daunting challenges that policy-makers, experts and citizens are facing in transforming our cities into smart, sustainable, and inclusive urban habitats. The Smart City Expo World Congress … Continue reading Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 in Barcelona
by Alexander Pfeiffer Today was Education Day at the COP. Just like Gender, Farmer’s, and African Day, the theme day today was heavily structured around its leitmotif with side events, high level panels, and actions. It kicked-off in the morning with a high-level event with UNFCCC Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla … Continue reading COP 23 Day 11: Transformation by Education – Education day at the climate conference
“We’re only as healthy as our planet.” Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, spoke those words at a COP23 side event on the connection between health and climate change. Climate change is a complex issue, with fingers impacting everything from agriculture to political conflicts. When it comes to health, climate change is greatly impacting something important … Continue reading COP 23 Day 10: A Healthy Planet for Healthy People
by Alexander Pfeiffer Many days at the COP have a theme. Depending on the theme, several side events take place on that day, discussing topics concerning that subject. There are, for instance, Africa Day, Education Day, Farmer’s Day, and our theme for today, Gender Day. But what does gender have to do with climate change and why is Gender … Continue reading COP 23 Day 9: Gender and Climate Change: what is that all about?
By Casey Catherine Miller At the start of the second week of COP23, negotiations are starting to ramp up and the urgency of the fast approaching end of the conference is setting in. Following the various negotiations, side events and more can get complicated and leave anyone that doesn’t consider themselves an expert in climate … Continue reading COP 23 Day 8: Acronyms, Agendas and More: Resources to Help You Navigate COP Negotiations
High level events are taking place on a regular basis, the crowds are getting bigger, and sightings of Al Gore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and various government officials have increased, which can only mean one thing — the second week of COP23 has begun. As we look ahead to the final week of the conference, let’s look back to see what … Continue reading COP 23 Week 1 Recap: Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going?
by Casey Catherine Miller With Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement earlier this year, all eyes have been on the role of the United States at COP 23, and the impact Trump’s decision will have on negotiation progress. There are two distinct faces to American representation at the conference this year. One is … Continue reading COP 23 Day 6: ‘We Are Still In’ – Two American Faces at COP 23