Event to be held on the university’s city centre campus from October 28 to 30
The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, will be hosting the UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16) in partnership with its student association, Strath Union. The event will be held at the university’s city centre campus from October 28 to 30.
The university and Strath Union are working with COY16 organisers to ensure the conference is delivered in a safe and secure way, in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
COY is now in its 16th year and is recognised as the most significant youth gathering of its kind with its capacity to directly influence the UN climate negotiations. One of the major outputs of COY16 is a policy document crafted by attendees, which will be considered by members of COP26 as part of the negotiation process.
The youth conference helps young climate activists to form a worldwide network of change makers through workshops, cultural events and policy training. Strathclyde students will have the unique opportunity to join the four-day conference and take part in a number of climate action activities.
Sir Jim McDonald, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said, “I am delighted that the University of Strathclyde is the official host of this year’s Conference of Youth. The conference objectives reflect well our positioning as a leading international technological university that seeks to be socially progressive.”
“As we welcome COY16 to the city of Glasgow and to Strathclyde, it is clear that students and young people are inspiring ambassadors for sustainable development and this event gives them an exciting platform to make their voices heard. The whole Strathclyde community is working hard to achieve net zero emissions and to put sustainability at the heart of everything we do. The COY16 delegates will be made to feel very welcome in October,” he added.
The COY16 coordination committee said, “The COY16 organising team is thrilled to celebrate this year’s Conference in the esteemed halls of the University of Strathclyde.”
“After careful consideration and planning, the organising team found its best fit with Strathclyde because of its continuous commitment to sustainability; its optimal location and features; and its connection with the local and international youth, as teachers and mentors, it further added.
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