COP 21 – Paris 2015

Date: 14 July 2015

cop_VR 3Dear Friends,

This is an invitation for your young people to join the YMCA at COP 21-Paris: the most significant world environment event. 

From November30 to December 12, 2015, world leaders will meet in Paris, France, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations. The goal is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants, including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

The World YMCA, in close cooperation with YMCA France, is inviting national YMCA movements and young leaders interested in Climate Change and other environmental issues to come together in Paris for this occasion.

The YMCA has taken part in these meetings since 2011 and our commitment is to continue to advocate for the voices of young people to be heard where it counts. 

All YMCA Participants will be part of “Camp Climate” a space organized by the World YMCA for capacity building, coordinated advocacy efforts, networking and visibility in parallel with the COP 21 events. 

A variety of programmes will take place and participants will be interacting with young advocates from all over the world, local universities, politicians and more. Participants will have freedom to manage their own agenda and select events organized inside Camp Climate and the many options provided by civil society organisations. 50,000 people will attend the events in Paris and we project a YMCA delegation of 100 young people.


Logistical Information

Camp Climate: 
Arrivals Week 1  – November 30
Departures Week 1 – December 6

Arrivals Week 2 – December 6
Departure Week 2 – December 12

If coming for the two weeks, arrivals are November 30 and departures on December 12.

Capacity: 100 people

The registration per week has subsidized prices of EUR 120*, including breakfast and accommodation in bunked rooms up to 3 people sharing.

Participants/YMCA’s are responsible for all other costs including travel.

* Young People who are not part of the YMCA can register for Camp Climate at a different (higher) price.

Participant Profile: 
•    YMCA leader with proven service to the YMCA (preferably young people 18-       30)
•    Interest in Environmental/Climate Change Issues
•    Available to participate in 2 mandatory online preparatory meetings
•    Interested to be part of the World YMCA Resource Group on Environment.

Important Note:
The number of accreditations to access the COP 21 site is limited and depends on the allocation to be decided by the UN. 

A system of selection of who will get this accreditation will be based on the number of registered people interested in following the long negotiation meetings with country representatives.

There are no subsidies available on top of the subsidised price for accommodation/breakfast. We are willing to work in partnership with you on fundraising to make it possible, let us know the specific needs for us to look for possible solutions. 

For any enquiries please contact Romulo Dantas, our COP 21 coordinator and Executive Secretary for Youth Empowerment at:

Yours sincerely,

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General