1. The meeting opens during which Italy will become the center of the debate and of the initiative in favor of the defense of the environment.
  2. Around 400 under 30s – 2 for each of the 197 member countries of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – will meet in Milan, MiCo Congress Center, from September 28 to 30, 2021.
  3. Girls and boys already engaged in environmental professional or study paths will participate.

“It is time,” declared the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani, “for the young people of the protest to enter directly into the proposal. The climate crisis requires the strengthening of intergenerational dialogue. In Milan, that will be the moment when we try to make it happen. “

The debate will be divided into 4 axes, with the aim of developing concrete proposals: climate ambition, sustainable recovery, involvement of non-governmental actors, and a society more aware of climate issues. “We have very high expectations,” said Federica Gasbarro, “Our proposals stem from a questionnaire distributed to young Italians committed to the environment. In Milan, we will share them with those of the delegates from other countries to arrive at a common document.

Among those who will speak, there will be the 2 leaders of “Fridays for Future” – Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate. This morning again, the Italian movement returned in procession to several cities, announcing a big strike for Friday, October 1, Greta herself in Milan square complaining of a lack of government involvement.

Back at the Youth4Climate meeting, the final document will be presented to the leaders arriving in Milan, still at the MiCo, for the pre-COP26 summit. The latter will be held from September 30 to October 2 and will be launched by Minister Cingolani in the presence of the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella; Prime Minister Mario Draghi; and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The Pre-COP26 event, which resembles Youth4Climate, takes place in preparation for COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12 in partnership with Italy. For 3 decades, the UN brought together almost all countries for the world climate summit during which on these occasions important steps were taken such as the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, and of the Paris Agreement in 2015. This year, the COP26, at which countries will have to present updated reduction plans of their shows, takes place at a very delicate time – after a summer when floods and fires showed the urgency to take action like never before. More than 190 world leaders are expected in Scotland, joined by tens of thousands of negotiators, government officials, businesses and citizens for 12 days of negotiations.

Each COP on climate change is preceded by a preparatory meeting held about a month before, precisely the Pre-COP, which brings together climate and energy ministers from a selected group of countries to discuss some fundamental political aspects. negotiations and deepen the key issues. which will then be discussed at the Conference. About 40 to 50 countries will participate in the pre-COP in Milan with representatives of the UNFCCC and civil society.

Meanwhile, All4Climate continues, a program launched by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Connect4climate of the World Bank, with the participation of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan. More than 500 events are planned throughout Italy, organized during the year by companies, associations, public bodies and individuals to raise awareness about the climate. Among the initiatives in Milan, on September 30 at the Hippodrome de San Siro, the Music4Climate concert, produced with PianoB, will be presented and will also be available live on alivemusic.tv.

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