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Youth Climate Council

The Youth Climate Council, is an independent youth-led advisory board to the climate minister. The Youth Climate Council is something the Danish Youth Delegates and the Youth Council (an umbrella organisation of 75 youth-led organisations including for example scouts, student councils, and all the political youth parties) have successfully pushed for the government to establish. The Youth Climate Council gathers input from young people all over the country and formulates concrete policy proposals to the minister. The proposals are then included in the policy processes to give young people a channel for directly influencing the development of climate policies. We also have a local level Youth Climate Councils in some cities, showing how meaningful youth engagement is important on all decision making levels. We want to show that young people are not just “energetic” and “good at thinking out of the box”, we are also knowledgeable and capable of translating our ambitions into concrete policies that governments need to listen to.

Expected impact

The Youth Climate Council meets with the Climate Minister several times per year to give policy inputs on behalf of Danish young people. This will accelerate climate action because more ideas are action. put into play, and because young people are more ambitious on the climate agenda than older generations. The Youth Climate Council also participates in external events to gather input from young people and to raise awareness about climate policies in all parts of society. This year they have participated in more than 60 external events. They furthermore contribute to the public debate by frequently making statements in the media and writing opinion pieces to newspapers. This awareness raising builds public support for more ambitious climate


Goal 4
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
Goal 12
12.6 - Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
12.8 - By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
Goal 13
13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Goal 16
16.7 - Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
Goal 17
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
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Volunteers: 10 young people
Basic information
Start: 06 March, 2019
Completion: 06 March, 2030
Danish Climate Ministry (Government)
Danish Climate Ministry (Government)
Danish Youth Council (NGO)
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Not specified
Geographical coverage
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
1) Young people in Denmark who will get their voices heard\r\n2) People who will benefit from better climate solutions due to a broader input being used in the climate action
Contact information
Monika Skadborg, Chairperson, monika.skadborg@gmail.com, 004525176288
Copenhagen, Denmark
United Nations