The Youth4Pacific: Pre-COP Gathering which was held from 23 – 24 September 2021 was the largest mobilisation of young Pacific people from around the world coming together to collaborate and unify youth advocacy and engagement in climate policy in the lead up to the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations (COP26) in Glasgow this November.
Throughout the gathering, Pacific youth engaged in constructive and outcome-oriented discussions on issues that need urgent action. In this regard, the gathering provided young people with capacity building and practical engagement experience on COP26 Agenda items, further enabling their understanding of the UNFCCC negotiation processes.
At the conclusion of the two-day gathering, participants presented the ‘Youth4Pacific Declaration on Climate Change’ to the British High Commissioner to Fiji and Head of the Pacific Island Network H.E. Mr. George Edgar as the incoming COP26 Presidency.
When handing over the Declaration, Okalani Mariner, a Samoan Youth and Climate activist said, “For the past two days, more than 600 participants from 33 different countries around the world joined our Youth4Pacific gathering to talk about the future of our planet and the outcome we hope to see from the COP26 Conference in Glasgow.”
Supported by the UK Government, the Gathering built the momentum of Youth efforts towards accelerating climate action in the region. The Youth4Pacific: Pre-COP Gathering was organized with Active Citizens Pacific, Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), 350.org Pacific and the Alliance for Future Generations [Fiji].