By Fatima Irais Espinosa Rodriguez, WAGGGS Youth Delegate From Mexico
We started the day with a relaxing dynamic in order to meet and keep in touch with someone from the Conferene of Youth (COY 6) before starting the exciting and busy week that is ahead. We found a person who was not from our own delegation and exchanged information and ideas so as to be in contact and start a new friendship.
It was also related to the topic of the day: “Enjoy the moments, act and participate but don’t forget to be healthy and rest." It is very important for everyone to express how they are feeling and take a moment just to relax and breathe deeply. The most important thing is to be ready and energized to achieve the goals we have and enjoy the activities that we are doing as young people.
We also watched a video that was made from young people who live in Europe where they wished us the best for these 2 weeks at COP 16.
About working groups
Some of the WAGGGS delegates made a video with interviews about the expectations of some of the COY 6 working groups. The video only shows the faces of the people who participated in them, that´s why I'm writing what the focus of these groups are.
Media: The aim of this working group is for youth to get the opportunity to speak out, share points of view in order to create an international ideas space.
Action and Finance: The goal of this working group is to make sure that the solutions and decisions that the politicians take in COP 16 will be transformed into real actions that have an impact on climate change. They want to have an equitable experience for everyone in COP 16.
Article 6 and especially WAGGGS: They are working on education, awareness and participation at COP 16. They believe that is very important to implement non-formal education.
Girls and Young Women: They want to make sure women and girls are recognized officially in the UNFCCC.
For the closing ceremony
We received a big surprise! The 350 group traveled from Alaska to Cancun by bicycle! They arrived in Cancun and joined us in COY6. The principal representative of this organization, Bill Mckibben, shared with us some of his knowledge about climate change and focused on the importance that empowering youth has now, because we are the present and future of our world.
We finished this day with the traditional climate action dance of COY and a concert.
It was an amazing experience for me because it was an opportunity to share with other young people my ideas about how girls and young women are affected by climate change, and the projects that WAGGGS has to fight it. I also learnt a lot from other organizations about their experiences of working with youth and the different projects that they have according to their needs. I think that these kind of events are very successful for youth because we form many relationships with different people around the world, and the most important thing is we create new projects which will be transformed into actions to conserve and save the planet.