The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK.
In light of the worldwide effects of COVID-19, the COP Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the UK and its Italian partners, had decided to re-schedule the conference initially slated for November 2020. Rescheduling the conference ensures that all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference and allows more time for the necessary preparations to take place. We will continue to work with all involved to increase climate ambition, build resilience and lower emissions.
WFEO have been working for the last 10 months with a selected group of the WFEO Committee on Engineering and the Environment (WFEO-CEE) members to be present at COP 26 with several events and outcomes.
Climate Declaration: COP 26 Joint Statement of International Youth Organisations
The WFEO Global Young Engineers Working Group on SDG13 (hosted by the WFEO Young Engineers/Future Leaders Committee), UNFCCC YOUNGO, UN MGCY Science-Policy Interface Platform, Global Youth Climate Network (Y2Y Community of the World Bank Group) and Members of the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change bring together an unprecedented and powerful joint statement with clear overarching and priority climate policy recommendations.
Young people will be disproportionately impacted by climate change. Young people can also help deliver practical solutions which will meet the level of the challenge. The joint declaration aims to provide a united youth voice in contribution towards the outcomes of COP26 in the following areas: climate change mitigation, adaptation & resilience, and inclusive and meaningful youth involvement in policy making.
This joint statement (available here) will be issued to United Nations Heads of Member States, COP admitted NGOs and IGOs, calling for endorsement of this declaration.
Climate action and unity is critical to ensuring youth and future generations are able to thrive.
The Media Release is available here.
COP26 Capacity Building Hub Session | Deploying Global Youth Capacity in UN Organisations and Engineering for SDG 13 – November 4: Finance and Technology Day
This joint event between WFEO Global Young Engineers Working Group on SDG 13 and one of the Joint Statement signatories – the Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN), a volunteer initiative of the World Bank Group’s young professionals, will showcase how the engineering / technology and finance sectors can build, and cooperate to build, the capacity of youth to achieve the targets for SDG13 Climate Action.
09:00 – 10:00
Speakers & Panelists
- Prof. Gong Ke – WFEO President
- Milda Pladaite – Initiator and Chair of the WFEO Young Engineers Working Group on SDG13, hosted by the WFEO Young Engineers/Future Leaders Committee
- Kirils Holstovs – Engineer (Rail, Bridges & Structures), AECOM. UN Youth4Climate Pre-COP26 delegate, Latvia
- Dr. Alona Kazantseva – Co-Chair of the Global Youth Climate Network
- Michelle Meaclem – Civil Engineer, Tonkin + Taylor, WFEO Young Engineers Working Group on SDG13 Climate Action
- Vladislav Kaim – UN Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
- Rachel Skinner – 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Executive Director, WSP
- Dr Bapon Fakhruddin – Technical Director – Disaster Risk Resilience and Climate Resilience
- Christopher Chukwunta – Vice President of the International Renewable Energy Systems Inc
- Stacy Swann – CEO & Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors
- Gopal Kumar Mohoto – Director and Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Dynamics
- Paula McMahon – Regional Supervising Officer, Sir Robert McAlpine
Increased climate action, building resilience and lowering emissions: Lessons learned – November 6
Showcasing the experiences and lessons learned from the engagement of women and young engineers, and the worldwide engineering profession, for increased climate action on reducing emissions and building the climate resilience of cities and communities with an eye to the future.
16:45 – 18:00 – Multimedia Studio 2
- Davide Stronati, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) & Chair of the WFEO Committee on Engineering and the Environment (CEE)
- Prof. Jianping Wu, Tsinghua University
- Milda Pladaite, Leader, WFEO Young Engineers WG on SDG13, hosted by the WFEO Young Engineers/Future Leaders Committee
- Darrel Danyluk, Engineering Institute of Canada
- Dawn Bonfield, Past President of Women’s Engineering Society
- Wai Yie Leong & Gail Mattson International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES)
The Recording of the conference: