Bringing the voices of Australian youth to COP28

28 November, 2023  |  SDSN Youth   

2023 Australian LCOY Statement CoverSDSN AusNZPac is thrilled to share the 2023 National Child and Youth Statement on Climate Change, a youth-led statement which captures the concerns and recommendations of young Australians in response to the urgent threat of climate change.

The Statement forms the official input from Australian youth to the 2023 United Nations Climate Conference (COP28), which is starting this week in the United Arab Emirates. It was created through the “Local Conference of Youth (LCOY)” process, and is only the second-ever Australian LCOY.

Leading the preparation of the statement were a group of eight youth climate leaders and advocates from around Australia, who consulted with over 200 young Australians in-person and online during October 2023.

The LCOY process was supported by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and UNICEF Australia, with additional support from from SDSN AusNZPac as part of our SDSN Youth initiative. Our SDSN AusNZPac Youth Coordinator, Isabelle Zhu-Maguire, was part of the LCOY Leadership Group, and led the all-day youth consultation session in Melbourne. Isabelle is heading to COP28, where the Statement will be launched on 8 December, the Youth Day.

The Statement summarises the opinions, perspectives, and realities of young people in Australia about climate change and identifies actions they see as necessary for achieving a just and sustainable future for all.

In particular, it highlights the disproportionate impacts of climate change on young people, and the importance of increasing ambition and action on climate change, providing accessible climate education, supporting a just climate transition to ensure that no one is left behind, ensuring that young people have a voice in the decisions which affect them, and embedding Indigenous knowledge and practice within climate action.

In addition, the Statement has been incorporated into the COP28 Global Youth Statement, and is being shared widely with Australian politicians, young people, and the general public.