Around the world, young people are demanding action on the climate crisis to secure a just, sustainable future
As the youngest generation, their lives are most at stake. Young people have put the climate emergency on the global political agenda, demanding that global leaders respond and take action in an equitable and just way. Mayors from the world’s leading cities have heard this call and agree: we must push forward with courage and ambition to change the status quo that has generated this crisis. C40 mayors and young leaders from the climate movement will work together to shape a vision of a Global Green New Deal that can be made a reality in cities across the world.
The Global Youth and Mayors forum will discuss how:
- we can implement a Global Green New Deal;
- cities can better engage and work with youth leaders on climate to push forward ambition and;
- youth movements and mayors can work together to push forward science-based climate action and overcome opposition.
The Global Youth and Mayors forum is part of C40’s Global Youth Initiative, announced by Mayor of Los Angeles and Chair of C40, Eric Garcetti, at the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.
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Youth Engagement Playbook for Cities
Members of the Forum have collaboratively created a playbook that can help strengthen meaningful youth engagement in climate action in cities across the world. The playbook is available in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.
Youth members of the Forum
Mayors of the Forum
Equality, diversity and inclusion
At C40, we want to make the Global Youth and Mayors Forum as diverse as possible, so that young people from across the world can use their voice on climate action. We would particularly like to share the voices of young people on climate action who do not usually get a chance to talk about their ideas.
Youth members were selected from each continent, with additional representation from continents with more than one billion people in order to ensure that the Forum is representative of global youth and perspectives from across the world. Mayors will be selected from across C40’s regions.
C40 is committed to at least 50% of the Forum members being girls and women. C40 uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”. Trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify, have identified, or have been identified as female or woman are welcome to participate in the work of the Global Youth and Mayors Forum.