Phase 1

2020: Mock COP26

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When COP26 was postponed due to Covid-19 in 2020, we held our own virtual youth conference to show world leaders what an ambitious yet realistic COP would look like. Over two weeks, over 300 young people from 140 countries met online, listened to speeches, watched panel discussions, and empowered each other to go out and create meaningful change.

The event closed with addresses from the UN Youth Envoy and COP26 president Alok Sharma, as well as the release of the Mock COP26 Conference Declaration, featuring 18 policies on 6 themes, all written and curated by young people. It was a testament to the power of young people and the platform that the youth have when they are united.


Delegates heard from over 25 speakers - featuring prominent youth activists, professionals, and academics - on climate justice, climate-resilient livelihoods, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), climate-related health and wellbeing, and climate education.