Student Leadership Conference on Development at the UN (SLCD@UN) is a student run conference that will continue to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The 17 SDG’s will work to help end extreme poverty in the world by 2030. The vision of SLCD@UN is for youth (ages 14-19) to be empowered to be part of the solution to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Students participating in the SLCD@UN will select one of three subthemes and work
closely with other students from around the world who are a part of the same subtheme. They will research, discuss, and analyze cross culturally, at school and on-line, to decide on the most attainable and sustainable solutions to their specific global issue. Student leaders will meet on-line and draft a Plan of Action that will be developed for their discussion and completion in a UN conference. At the end of the conference, the students will vote to approve their Plan of Action. SLCD@UN is a live webcast with students participating from around the world. After final editing by the youth leadership team, the Plan of Action is formally presented to the Office of the UN Envoy on Youth at the United Nations.
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In 2018 the issue of climate change was the topic at our annual Student Leadership Conference on Development on the SDGs. In the audience was Hal Goldstein. He was a guest of SGAP. Hal initiated the idea that GEM start an annual youth conference on climate change. GEM agreed. In the process of determining what we might do, we met three times with the UN Environmental program (UNEP) and decided to focus on COP:26, and the binding Paris Agreement to mitigate climate change.
The COPs are annual UN member state meetings to counteract climate change. It is the Conference of the Parties. It is under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. For 27 years, annually, the COP’s have the member states working to mitigate climate change. This year your country, every country, is dealing with major binding commitments to fight climate change.
Student Congress on the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change (SCoPA) is for youth ages 14-19. It looks at their country’s commitment to mitigating climate change (SDG 13). It moves them from awareness to action to be part of the solution. Using the reports of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and other relevant research and work, students move from awareness to empowerment through cross cultural interactions that build a global perspective on the seriousness of mitigating climate change. Current Emphasis is on COP26 and the binding agreement facing member states. Youth work via Stepping Stones to have a voice in COP26 decisions.
SCoPA is short for the Student Conference on the Paris Agreement. SC0PA is a Country Based Climate Change Model of awareness and action for youth ages 14-19.
After COP26 in December of this year, selected youth in the current programs will meet with us in early 2022 to decide what is next related to the 2030 Agenda goals. It is the ultimate empowerment for youth.
Watch a link for our video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R6Zagh-alSYXmJQBU2XkrUyeDzW3dV-D/view
You can find more information in our SCoPA outline document below:
You can also find more information on the SCoPA virtual programs below:
FITI: From Independence to Interdependence: FITI is a one week, summer fun camp that explores in real-time, the movement on how to live in our interdependent world today through the 1765-1789 actions of the Founding Fathers of the United States. FITI can also be customized for a youth group to experience at other times during the year.
In partnership with Foreign Language Services (FLS), GEM hosts Camp Happiness for 2-3 weeks in the summer. In combination with becoming fluent in English, students from countries around the world have a camp full of field trip experiences on happiness connected to the annual UN Happiness Report and envision a better world tomorrow through achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Where does your country rank in Camp Happiness?