6-18 November 2022, BRICS Youth Energy Agency took part in the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.
BRICS YEA Chairperson Alexander Kormishin, Assistant Chair Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii, Director of Sustainability and Climate Initiatives Vadim Kuznetsov, as well as BRICS YEA South Africa members Vanessa Ndlovu and Alanda Venter attended the Conference in-person. Together we organised and spoke at the official events, networking sessions and initiatives in the COP27 Blue Zone.
Youth Energy Transition Commission (YETC)
BRICS YEA took part in the launch of the the Youth Energy Transition Commission (YETC) with colleagues from Student Energy, Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA), SDG7 Youth Constituency, Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition Action Group on Youth, European Youth Energy Network and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and partners from Enel Foundation, International Energy Agency and the Government of Panama.
This commission would be made up of leadership of each of the prominent international youth-led, energy focused organizations operating today, including BRICS Youth Energy Agency. The session stressed the importance of a unified approach from youth toward SDG7, and a meaningful seat at the decision making table.
BRICS+ Youth Energy Outlook 2022
We launched the BRICS+ Youth Energy Outlook 2022 at the SDG7 Pavillon by SE4ALL. This highlighted a critical science-driven vision of younger generation focused on how the world’s emerging economies could manage the energy transition in a changing world. The special part of the outlook, dedicated to the role of Africa for BRICS and the impact of climate change for the region from the BRICS youth perspective, was presented by BRICS YEA South African representatives.
Progress Report: The BRICS Youth Energy Compact
BRICS Youth Energy Agency as one of the leading youth energy organisations in the world presented progress of its BRICS Youth Energy Compact at the Youth Energy Compact Showcase at the SDG7 Pavilion. BRICS YEA, as the Regional Focal Point of the SDG7 Youth Constituency, presented their compact and the general guideline for new submissions from youth, outlined on UN Energy webpage.
Children and Youth Pavilion
Together with partners from Y20, YOUNGO and Environmental Defence, BRICS YEA organised the session “Demystifying Sustainable Finance for an Intergenerational Audience” at the first in history Children and Youth Pavilion. The session served as capacity building for youth on sustainable finance and concerned the gap between youth climate actions and access to private climate finance. This session was moderated by BRICS YEA’s Director for Sustainability & Climate Initiatives, Russian G20 Youth Delegate 2022 Vadim Kuznetsov.
In another collaboration with Y20 Youth Delegates, BRICS YEA held a session at one of the central COP27 Pavilions – UN SDG Pavilion. Under the title “Critical Minerals for Net-Zero: How to Ensure Sustainability and Circularity“, the event addressed how a circular model can help achieve net-zero without putting additional pressure on the ecosystems on which we depend.
These novel but crucial topics will be developed further by BRICS YEA on different venues throughout the next few month, so follow our activities to see more. As a result of BRICS YEA engagements at COP27, we strengthened our global partnerships and ensured the support for our future activities, including the Jubilee BRICS Youth Energy Summit 2023 in South Africa.