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Join our Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) on Monday 25 (15.00–20.00) and Tuesday 26 October (09.00–18.00) 2021 at the British Residence to learn more about climate change and how we can take action. Download the programme (PDF, 1 mb).

A Local Conference of the Youth (LCOY) is an event under the umbrella of UN YOUNGO, the official youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its aims are to be a space to boost youth climate action locally and create an input into the international conferences. It represents a national version of the international Conference of Youth (COY), which takes place immediately before the Conference of Parties (COP), the annual UN-Climate Conference. These conferences have acted as platforms for young people’s views on climate change to be heard around the world over a number of years.

About the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) in Greece

Our goal is to create the first ever Greek version of a Local Conference of the Youth that will:

  • highlight the urgency to act on climate change
  • build the next generation of environmental leaders
  • result in a series of a climate action pledges.

LCOY in Greece is organised in co-operation with the British Embassy in Athens and WWF Greece, as well as young people from AIESEC in Greece, Ecotivity School, UN SDSN Youth Greece and The Land Beyond.

The event will include workshops, talks and panel discussions with experts, activists and scientists working in the field. Our main areas of focus are climate justice, policy, strategy and advocacy on climate and journalism and climate change.

The event is part of the British Council’s global programme around the COP26 climate change conference, which is taking place in Glasgow in November 2021. The British Council is working with partners across the whole of the UK and worldwide to support the success and legacy of COP26 by creating opportunities for co-operation, dialogue and action that address the shared challenges of climate change.

Youth Pledge for Climate Change

During the workshops that followed the presentations, participants documented the main climate justice problems that exist in Greece. Participants expressed the belief that, to tackle these problems, a detailed plan must be formulated outlining precisely the synergies, steps and tools that can be used to strengthen advocacy strategies, achieve climate justice and highlight the environmental agenda.

Read the Youth Pledge (available in Greek only).

How can I take part?

Practical Requirements

  • You must be between 18–30 years old.
  • You must be able to attend in person and comply with all health measures.
  • By the end of the workshops and with the support of facilitators, you will be expected to draft a pledge on climate change.

Who can apply?

In your application, you should be able to demonstrate that you have:

  • active experience of participation in youth groups, youth projects or volunteering
  • good project planning, leadership and co-ordination skills
  • a strong sense of local and national culture and identity
  • knowledge and understanding of your local community
  • a strong sense of responsibility towards sustainable development, climate change and/or environmental protection.

How to apply

Complete the online application form by Sunday 17 October 2021 (23.59).


For further information, please contact Victoria Kyriaki:

Telephone 210 369 2337
Email Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr