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Youth@ SAIIA
Youth@SAIIA is the youth development arm of the South African Institute of International Affairs. It aims to foster awareness on global affairs, stimulate public debate amongst the youth and provide skills that cultivates future leaders.
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  • Pub Date: Dec 20, 2011
  • SAIIA Podcast Episode 2: Youth@SAIIA sends youth delegation to COP 17
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  • From 28 November until 9 December 2011, South Africa hosted the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP 17. While the seasoned climate experts and negotiators assembled for the Durban meeting, SAIIA’s youth programme, Youth@SAIIA, sent its own delegation of high school learners to hold a simulated Youth Climate Negotiation in the hope of crafting a youth protocol with action points to fight climate change in their own schools and communities. Each delegate was assigned a role (such a commercial farmer, a representative of the fossil fuel industry or a representative of the Africa Union, for example). The learners were tasked with representing the real-world positions of these role-players. As a result, they now have a new appreciation for the difficulty and complexity of finding solutions to the issues of climate change when divergent views and positions are at play.
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