Every year since 1995, the United Nations Framework for the Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosts policy makers from around the world to discuss climate change policies.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of UNFCCC. In 2015, this conference (COP21) resulted in the historical Paris Agreement. The implementation of the Paris Agreement is the primary concern of the UNFCCC and the Conferences to follow in the future.
YES-DC is an official Observer at the UNFCCC Conferences, and has had this status since the year 2000. This Observer role gives an organisation the responsibility to observe the negotiations, and to secure that the interests of the group they represent are taken into consideration. YES-DC has a status as Youth organisation, which implies securing the interests of youth in the climate negotiations.
Each year, YES-DC sends a delegation of members to COP. Activities from the delegation include attending negotiation meetings, sharing experiences with youth organisations from other countries, and providing workshops on topics that are familiar with YES-DC. Below, you can find links to summaries of the visits of previous years: