The Addressing Climate Change Youth Photography Competition, has been created to showcase the vision of the youth on the key question of climate change through photography.
The various categories will touch upon all aspects of our planet from its inhabitants, humans and animals, to an all rounded view of nature and how the world is moving towards renewable energy.
This will give an exceptional opportunity to cover all continents, cultures and breaking down all barriers to bring the youth generation together into this essential debate for the future preservation of our planet.
The competition will run from COP21 in Paris until COP22 in Marrakech. An exhibition of the best photographs will be curated by the Lucie Foundation to be displayed within the United Nations blue zone – the zone where all the activities of the event take place during the COP events.
Submit your photo now!
Deadline: July 29, 2016
At The UN 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, on 12 December 2015, 196 Parties to the UNFCCC reached a historic agreement, the “Paris Agreement”, to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. This agreement will take effect before the “Kyoto Protocol” expires. Today in New York, a high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place as a first step in implementing Paris Agreement.
The UN is expecting more than 130 countries, including approximately 60 world leaders, to attend the signing ceremony, which would surpass the record set in 1982 when 119 signatures were garnered on the opening day for signing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The Agreement will then be open for signature in New York, US, until 17 April 2017. Countries will also need to adopt the agreement within their own legal systems, through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. The agreement will enter into force when joined by at least 55 countries, which together represent at least 55% of global emissions. The ceremony is taking place on International Mother Earth Day. In addition to a signing ceremony in the morning, national statements will be presented throughout the day and a High-level event on implementation will convene in the afternoon.
In December, the Paris Agreement has demonstrated the effectiveness of multilateralism. In a difficult diplomatic context, he proved the ability of all states to overcome their differences to address together common challenges. COP 21 also measured the determination of local authorities, businesses and all non-state actors to enter a sober carbon world and resilient to climate impacts.
The challenge is now to operationalize the Agreement, to turn intended nationally determined contributions into public policies and investment plans for mitigation and adaptation, and to deliver on our promises. In so doing, it will be vital to maintain the Spirit of Paris, build on the momentum that was created, respect the balance that was found, and continue working together so as to strengthen action, support and ambition and to move from a focus on negotiation to a focus on implementation.
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