The Negotiations Tracking team of CliMates is dedicated to following and analyzing international climate negotiations as well as reporting on political issues and outcomes. An active member of the YOUNGO platform, we are a solid team of 20 young people from all over the world who work together regularly on various capacity-building and advocacy projects aimed at building and sharing expertise on international climate negotiations.
NegoTrackers gain expertise by attending UNFCCC conferences and create a multiplier effect through the collaborative writing of feature articles related to global climate negotiations on our in-house blog and the hosting of training workshops aimed at youth (most recently, at the Climate Chance summit for non-governmental actors and soon at COY13). Our diverse team composition and the collaborative nature of our work constitute our main strength, as we always learn from one another.
" I joined CliMates two years ago and I instantly chose NegoTracking as a project... and now I am one of its Project Coaches! The NegoTracking project helps develop my understanding of the technical aspects of the climate negotiations. But at the same time, it also allows me to be involved in capacity building and advocacy activities as we attend COPs, report on them, organise trainings and much more ! NegoTracking really is a multifaced and enriching project "
" Joining the NegoTracking has been one of the most enriching and fulfilling experience I had in my life. Our various capacity-building and advocacy projects helped me gain valuable insight on international climate negotiations and confidence in my professional abilities. Thanks to our amazing team, composed of amazing people, I was (am still am) amazed (yes everything is amazing!) by our collaborative and supportive spirit. I am proud to be the NegoTracking representative, but most of all I am proud to work everyday with our team and other projetcs within CliMates. "
Sustainable developement goals (SDG's)
Just a few months before COP21, 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations. They frame key targets for humanity to achieve by 2030, both on environmental protection and poverty reduction.
The high-level goal of the SDGs project within CliMates is to contextualise the 2030 Agenda within the landscape of global climate action, and vice versa.
Members will be involved in studying the intersections between the implementation of the SDGs and that of climate action, with a focus on rendering such information more accessible to youth audiences.
Currently, an original workshop format aimed at encouraging youth to better understand the synergies and trade-offs between the SDGs and climate action is under construction.
We are constantly seeking more talents to get involved in building more outreach tools and forums on the subject!
CALL FOR AN ECOLOGICAL CONSTITUTION
Since the beginning of 2018, we chose to work both on a political-level lobbying, ensured mainly by our main partner, the French Environmental Law organization Notre Affaire A Tous (NAAT), and on a citizen-level lobbying entirely designed by the continuously growing CliMates team. Supported by environmental and constitutional law specialists, the working group is now promoting the introduction of two crucial changes: the respect of "planetary boundaries" and the principle of non-retrogression into the Constitution’s Article 1. CliMates’ current advocacy strategy revolves around the fostering of a wide coalition linking other NGOs and civil society members willing to support the government in preserving our natural environment.
Sign the Call for an Ecological Constitution on: www.notreconstitutionecologique.org
Youth Delegate Program
Youth delegates program is a UN program which promotes the integration of youth within UNFCCC climate negotiations. During COP21, 26 countries -representing 41 youth delegates- officially sent youth representants integrated in their delegations to give a voice to youth in climate negotiations. The role of the youth delegate is to follow the negotiations and defend the interest of youth, explaining their priorities and expectations.
In France, during the negotiations, youth delegates are working with the French delegation and the YOUNGO constituency (the constituency representing youth in UNFCCC). This connection is an opportunity for youth to understand the complexity of climate negotiation, particularly on technical points. Outside negotiations, youth delegates are sharing their experience organizing conferences, debates with French youth to mobilize them on climate issues.
The youth delegate program has been developed by the associations REFEDD and CliMates. Theses associations broadcast and promote action of youth delegates to French youth, and support youth delegates through their mobilization actions. They also participate to the assessment of the program for continuous improvement. French delegation, REFEDD and Climates implemented a junior-senior youth delegate system to facilitate the transmission of knowledge.
" Participating to the youth delegate program is an incredible experience which enabled me to attend COP22 in Marrakech and intersession in May 2017 in Bonn. I had the opportunity to discover the world of UNFCCC climate talks and understand the functioning of the French delegation. Outside negotiations sessions, I organized throughout the year a series of conferences and workshops to share our experience and mobilize youth on climate issues." Lise Tanfin
The Climate Justice Project is a new project within CliMates that aims to educate youth advocates on the dimensions of climate justice and support efforts both within and outside of the UNFCCC to accelerate energy transitions and prioritize equity through legal action. This project was created in recognition of the growing wave of climate change litigation worldwide and efforts to expand the realm of climate politics beyond the UNFCCC process.
Much of our focus is on climate change law and litigation in a range of jurisdictions around the world. We conduct comparative law research, documentary analysis, and strive to form partnerships with organizations taking climate justice action. In terms of education, we are planning to create a Moot Court/mock climate tribunal program focusing on legal approaches to intergenerational justice. We are also planning a series of posts on the Clim’Blog related to climate justice issues and legal initiatives.
" I believe that any action on climate change must be taken with principles of intra- and inter-generational justice and equity in mind. The Climate Justice Project allows us to explore these justice principles by researching worldwide legal efforts to link climate change to human rights and other bodies of law and ethics helping us to imagine and create a just and sustainable world. "
TerraTech was created as a response to the exponential growth of technology in our everyday live. This development has a huge impact in terms of energy required and in terms of natural resources, and directly threatens global efforts to stop climate change. Yet, neither the general public nor stakeholders in the tech sector - may they be enterprises or institutional decision-makers - seem to take the environmental question into account in the development of their strategic and business plans. TerraTech advocates for stakeholders to adapt technological developments to the imperatives of our planetary boundaries and to make their technologies environmental-friendly by design in both their construction and subsequent use. Project members gather research on the intersection of technology and environment, develop toolkits for individuals and trainings for professionals to improve their tech-related environmental footprint, and conduct advocacy in international fora with relevant stakeholders. As a subsidiary activity, the project will provide help to environmental NGOs in their digital rights, with regards to privacy and best practices in handling personal data.