What is COP?

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC is an agreement between 198 Parties (197 States and the EU) with the primary aim to address anthropogenic climate change. The treaty entered into force in 1994 and every year since then leaders from all over the world have come together at COP to discuss and agree on international climate policy. Many of the most significant international climate commitments and agreements have emerged from these summits, including the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Representatives from civil society, business and academia are also present at COP to observe, influence and participate in the proceedings.

This year’s Conference of the Parties will be held between the 11th and 22nd of November in Baku, Azerbaijan. Stakeholders from across the world will focus on advancing the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, including efforts to limit global warming, adapt to the impacts of climate change and mobilize financing for these activities. 

COP 29 will be preceded by the 60th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB60) in Bonn, Germany, held between the 3rd and 13th of June 2024. Delegates representing more than 100 Parties to the Paris Agreement will gather to pave the way to some key decisions expected to be made during COP 29 in Baku. The YES-Europe delegation will follow and participate in both negotiation sessions as official observer entities, part of the youth constituency.

How have we contributed in the past?

At COP 28, the YES-Europe community has been calling for more ambitious climate change mitigation actions to be taken by global leaders. In collaboration with European Youth Energy Network – EYEN, our joint statement was published in the Position Paper “Adopting global energy targets & empowering youth to put the energy transition back on track”. Together we were calling for:

  • a need for a global target on renewable energy and energy efficiency;
  • a way to bridge gaps between current renewable energy deployment and Paris Agreement targets;
  • a comprehensive program to tackle the global renewables skills gap;
  • emphasis on boosting the capacity of the youth workforce in the energy transition.

During COP, YES-Europe organized a side event at the Finnish Pavilion and participated in three other side events organized at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Finnish Pavilion. These platforms provided us with the opportunity to underscore the pressing need to bridge the gap between current renewable energy deployment and the benchmarks set by the Paris Agreement. We were also able to spotlight the crucial role of clear renewable energy targets in translating aspirations into tangible actions. Central to our discourse was the recognition of youth as key stakeholders in the energy transition and the importance of addressing the global renewables skills gap, while boosting the capacity of our youth workforce in the energy transition.

Who are we? Meet our COP 29 Team!

On the ground, our aim is to actively promote decisive, effective and equitable climate and environmental action by engaging in negotiations, making interventions, conducting bilateral meetings with policymakers, co-organizing and participating in side events as well as other advocacy actions in cooperation with other youth-led NGOs. Moreover, we aim to foster the engagement of young people from diverse backgrounds in this process through a dedicated communications campaign prior to and during the conferences.

Elizabeth Chavdarska

Project Lead

Inez Brogowska

Project Lead

Siti Aziz

Team Member

Natalie Viktoria Bichler

Team Member

Golnoosh Mir Moghtadaei

Golnoosh Mir Moghtadaei

Team Member

Do you want to join us?

Follow our work 

This year, YES-Europe will again actively engage in the international climate negotiations process and amplify the voices of young people at this crucial decision-making forum. If you want to stay up to date with the latest developments of our work at COP 29, make sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram

Partner with us 

As a partner of YES-Europe, you will have the chance to connect with young professionals in the energy sector and help us have a meaningful impact on the industry. We are looking for media partners, event co-organisers, sponsors, as well as other NGOs to collaborate with us on this project. If you wish to make a meaningful impact with us, you can reach out to us at inez.brogowska@yeseurope.org or elizabeth.chavdarska@yeseurope.org

Join our team

Do you want to actively participate in the project as out team member? Our community spans across Europe and we are always looking for new people to join in! If you wish to cooperate with us make sure to reach out to us at operations@yeseurope.org.