Raising our voice on Climate Change
The Twentieth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held from 1 to 12 December, 2014 at the Cuartel General del Ejército in Lima, Peru.
The ultimate objective of the UNFCCC is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. At COP 20, Parties will be looking to further the process of formulating a global binding agreement which is to be finalized at COP 21 in Paris in 2015. The overarching themes of negotiations under the Convention are: Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance, Technology and Capacity Building.
This year WAGGGS at COP will be represented by Girl Guides from Peru represented by Marysol Gómez Naveda and Micaela Villalobos and supported by Ana María Mideros, WAGGGS World Board Member from Peru. Gina Bell from Barbados – a youth delegate in WAGGGS delegation to COP19 will be supporting the group.
3 Girl Guides from Bolivia – Mirna Ines Fernandez , Vanessa and Alexandra are joining the Peruvian Girl Guides and travelling from La Paz to Lima by bus with a group of youth environmental activists to participate in COP.
The young women will also participate in COY – Conference of Youth, which presents a space for young people from around the world to come together with the purpose of sharing knowledge and experiences and expanding the global network of youth fighting for their future against the adverse effects of climate change.
Each year the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC meets to assess progress in dealing with man-made climate change on a global scale and since 2009 WAGGGS has taken a delegation of young women along to the negotiations. At the conference, the girls and young women lobby decision-makers, attend and run side events, network with other NGOs working on the environment and carry out actions to ensure no-one can forget the negative effect climate change is having on our world and all of our lives.
While WAGGGS has not taken a delegation this year, we still have 3 girls who are going and putting the interest of our Member Organizations on the agenda.
Why not read their delegate bios and get to know them a bit better?
Whether you don't feel you've been directly affected by climate change or you see the negative impacts every day, your support will keep the delegate's energy up and make their voices heard. They will be speaking out on behalf of 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to decision makers from around the world, pushing to get girls and young women recognised as agents of change in the fight against climate change.