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UAE Youth Climate Delegates Program (YCDP)

Registrations open until Friday, 16 Dec 2022

The UAE Youth Climate Delegation Program (YCDP) supports the UAE’s focus on youth empowerment and dialogue to advance inclusive, ambitious climate action. The program was developed and launched by the UAE Federal Youth Authority in partnership with the Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change.

“Today, young people have become role models through their advocacy and promotion of climate action, whether in their schools, research initiatives or at the workplace. Our youth have clearly demonstrated that they are passionate, knowledgeable and committed to making a difference. Through this program, we want to equip and entrust our youth with responsibilities to contribute to the UAE’s climate ambitions.” – H.E. Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui, UAE Minister of State for Youth

“As the UAE gears up to host COP28 next year, it is a priority for us to bring young people into the very heart of the UN process and global climate action. It is our young people who will be in the driving seat over the next crucial decades. It is vital that they are included and empowered to shape the decisions being taken and drive global ambition, from now into the future.” – H.E. Ambassador Majid Al-Suwaidi, Director-General of COP28 UAE

The YCDP aims to:

  • Support meaningful youth participation and upskilling
  • Reflect youth perspectives and needs in global climate policy
  • Include youth voices in the multilateral climate process

Selected Youth Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Be embedded in the COP28 UAE’s negotiations and partnership team
  • Engage with public and private sector initiatives
  • Gain first-hand experience, skills, knowledge and networks

Registration criteria:

  • Open to all youth in the UAE, including Emiratis and residents
  • Ages between 18 to 35
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills
  • Experience or achievements in environment-related fields or activities

Register here

Please note that short-listed candidates will be announced during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2023.

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