Global Indigenous Youth Summit on Climate Change (GIYSCC) 2024

A virtual dialogue by, for, and among Indigenous youth with global inclusion.

For any questions about GIYSCC 2024, contact your regional Indigenous Youth Leader below.

The second Global Indigenous Youth Summit on Climate Change (GIYSCC) will be held 9 August 2024, circling the Earth across three 8-hour time zones in 24 hours  (00:00 GMT – 24:00 GMT) on the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. An emphasis of GIYSCC 2024 will be on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

There are more than 370 million Indigenous people in some 70 countries worldwide. Indigenous cultures and communities are precious intrinsically, but also as guides for all humanity with direct relevance for our sustainable development across generations on Earth. Since the 20th century, humanity has been learning to operate as a globally interconnected civilization, represented clearly by the “common concern of humankind” in our climate with its variability on a planetary scale across decades-to-centuries.

The Global Summit main objectives are:

  • Providing a ‘one of a kind’ platform to accelerate global engagement with Indigenous youth communities, cultures, languages, ethnicities, countries and continents across the world;
  • Sharing youth perspectives, approaches, observations, concerns, interests and strategies to address the local impacts of climate change across Indigenous communities on Earth;
  • Stimulating lifelong learning among Indigenous youth to contribute with knowledge and skills in the evolution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and related global agreements that have regular Conferences of the Parties;
  • Enhancing intergenerational synergies in view of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and other Indigenous declarations;
  • Inspiring Indigenous youth leaders to think short-to-long term across their lifetimes into the 22nd century to empower progress with sustainable development at local-to-global levels.

The breadth of challenges posed by climate change at local-to-global levels is a multilateral concern across the spectrum of subnational-national-international jurisdictions. At the same time, rapidly changing climatic conditions have increased levels of uncertainty and anxiety among the youth on Earth. Nonetheless, the unprecedented mobilization of youth around the world shows the massive power they possess as essential contributors to informed decisionmaking on planetary scale, which is symbolized by Earth’s climate. Youth and especially Indigenous youth have key roles to enhance multilateral cooperation on climate action, helping humanity to operate for the benefit of all on Earth across generations.

Indigenous Youth Leaders

Dr. Devina Lobine
GIYSCC 2024
Global Lead

Maritius

Dr. Temitope O. Sogbanmu
GIYSCC 2023
Global Lead
Nigeria

Lynda Brown
Canada

Michael Bro
Greenland

Prarthona Datta
Canada

Prokriti Datta
Canada

Dr. Adeymi Aremu
South Africa

Colleen Charles
Northlands College
colleen.charles@usask.ca

Asia Co-Leads

Arctic Co-Lead

Africa Co-Leads

  • Dr. Devina Lobine, Global Young Academy (GYA), JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research – Mauritius; devina.lobine@gmail.com
  • Dr. Temitope O. Sogbanmu, Evidence Use in Environmental Policymaking in Nigeria (EUEPiN), University of Lagos (UNILAG) & Nigerian Young Academy (NYA); tsogbanmu@unilag.edu.ng
  • Thashree Marimuthu, Wits University and Global Young Academy

Eastern Africa Co-Leads

Western Africa Lead

  • Dr. Temitope O. Sogbanmu, Evidence Use in Environmental Policymaking in Nigeria (EUEPiN), University of Lagos (UNILAG) & Nigerian Young Academy (NYA); tsogbanmu@unilag.edu.ng

Western Africa Co-Leads

Central Africa Lead

  • Kades BEN MABIALA, United Network for Climate Inclusivity Advocacy Livelihoods, Inherent Utilization and Mobilization (UNCIALIUM); kbenmabiala@gmail.com

South Africa Lead

  • Dr. Adeyemi O. Aremu, Indigenous Knowledge Systems Centre, North-West University, South Africa; Oladapo.Aremu@nwu.ac.za

Middle East Lead

  • Dr. Ehsan Khalefa, School of the Environment, Geography & Geoscience , University of Portsmouth; ehsan.khalefa@port.ac.uk

Asia Co-Lead

South America Lead

  • Dr. Luisa Maria Diele-Viegas, GYA, ABECO, Kunhã Asé Network, OWSD, BioDivA Lab, Federal University of Bahia; luisa.mviegas@gmail.com

South America Co-Leads

  • Stephanie Guarachi, Global Youth Community UNESCO, Major Group of Children and Youth, Young Woman Leader Dakar GSEF2023, Youth Delegate ECOSOC 2024; sguarachi21@coa.edu
  • Nadino Calapucha, Coordinating Entity of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA); nadino.amazonia@gmail.com
  • Lourdes Albornoz, Pueblo Nación Diaguita; albornozlou@gmail.com

Arctic Co-Leads

North America Lead

North America Co-Leads

Europe Co-Lead and Arctic Co-Lead

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