The C40 Global Youth and Mayors Forum
We're looking for a group of young people from around the world to join C40 and our global mayors in the fight against the climate crisis.
Is that you? Read on...
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.
Now, C40 mayors are inviting young leaders from the climate movement to be a part of shaping how the vision of a Global Green New Deal can be made a reality in cities across the world.
The Global Youth and Mayors forum will bring together around 15 young people and around 10 mayors from every continent to discuss:
• How we can implement a Global Green New Deal;
• How cities can better engage and work with youth leaders on climate to push forward ambition;
• and how 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, where Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen alongside fellow mayors from Seattle and Freetown joined with youth climate activists from the US, Uganda, Germany and Copenhagen, and committed to work together with youth climate leaders in delivering a Global Green New Deal.
As the first formal activity under the initiative, the Global Youth and Mayors Forum will facilitate conversations and collaborative climate action between C40 mayors and youth climate leaders that help accelerate the implementation of a Global Green New Deal, further develop global leadership on the climate emergency through training, and share best practices for cities regarding youth engagement. A dynamic group of youth climate leaders and C40 mayors will come together to co-create ambitious, necessary and forward-thinking climate solutions.
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.
There will be youth members 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. All reasonable expenses associated with participating in the Forum will be covered by C40.
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.