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


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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