Lebanon’s First Local Conference of Youth (LCOY)
UNICEF Youth Climate Advocates co-led the organization to Lebanon’s First Local Conference of Youth
37 youth representatives from 31 organizations attended Lebanon’s first Local Conference of Youth and drafted the 1st Lebanese Youth Climate Manifesto highlighting their calls to action and ideas on combating climate change. The manifesto acts as a supporting document for UNICEF Youth Climate Advocates’ plan to establish the 1st youth climate council within the Ministry of Environment. UNICEF aims to support the youth in their advocacy demands and to support the capacity of youth to deliver the commitments set out in the statement.
During a time of unprecedented challenges in Lebanon, the first edition of the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) Lebanon was successfully co-organized by UNICEF Youth Climate Advocates, Recycler Donation, and Thought for Food on the 4th and 5th of November 2023. It was supported by the Lebanese Youth Biodiversity Network and Green Southerners. Under the theme of “Mobilizing youth for climate”, 37 youth representatives from 31 local, national, and international organizations that are youth-led or have a youth focus attended LCOY Lebanon.
The main outcome of this event was drafting the first Lebanese Youth Climate Manifesto serving as a national youth contribution to the Conference of Youth (COY) organized by YOUNGO. The event hosted participants aged 18 to 30 discussing four crucial thematic topics, each representing their respective organizations. The discussions were centered around:
- Youth, Children, Education and Skills
- Water and Wastewater
- Waste Management
- Food and Agriculture
The youth representatives produced a total of twenty-four policy demands. The overall message the youth convened was their demand to be included in the decision-making processes and to be supported to carry out their youth-led initiatives. They called for sustainability to be included in all sectors and for knowledge and innovation to be key to tackling the climate crisis. They highlighted their need for education, skills, and a green job market to be able to continue their advocacy work. In conclusion, the Lebanese Youth Climate Manifesto reflects the urgent need for transformative actions to address the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change in Lebanon.