Mar 22 2016

Global Youth at COP21: Video Series

Fannie Delavelle - small Can innovation outpace climate change? How can cities and business engage in climate action? Is the issue of climate change a crisis of power and inequality?  Is there a trade-off between climate action and economic growth? How has the influence of lobbies such as the oil industry evolved in the last decades? Can innovation outpace the rapidly changing climate? In this video series, ‘Global Youth at COP21’, Fannie Delavelle asks COP participants these questions, and more, sent to her by youth from around the world. 

Last December, 195 countries reached an unprecedented agreement on climate change. Now that three months have passed since this victory, parties are faced with another, perhaps greater challenge: ensuring the implementation of the pledges made at the summit, now that the media spotlight and public attention has moved to other issues.

Bottom up initiatives will be crucial to achieving the goals set by each party, as climate change is a global challenge with local roots. Global youth have become a key actor at the local level, inspiring communities around the world to adopt environmentally friendly ways of living. All over the world, youth initiatives have grown, driven by determined young people eager to support climate action and have their say in COP negotiations.

This eagerness to impact change and be involved in deciding the future of our planet inspired me to set up an initiative aimed at bringing the voice of the global youth to the climate negotiations.

Young people from all around the world were invited to send me questions about climate change. I got lots of replies from every corner of the world: from Ethiopia to China, from Peru to Bulgaria, from the US to Australia, young professionals responded enthusiastically.

During the second week of COP21 in Paris, I asked high-level participants to answer their questions. You can discover the answers in the “Youth voices to COP21” video series, composed of four segments:


Part 1 – The negotiations

Part 2 – Developing countries

Part 3 – Business

Part – 4 Career tips from COP21 participants

These videos highlight the importance of implementing the pledges made at COP21 even as the dust has now settled.

The high-level participants who contributed to the videos include:

  • Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (former Vice President of the World Bank Group and Special Envoy for Climate Change)
  • Fran Pavley, California Senator representing California’s 27th State Senate district
  • Alexis Gazzo, Partner at EY, Cleantech & Sustainability services
  • Bambang Susantono, Vice-President at the Asian Development Bank
  • Clifford Rechtschaffen, Senior advisor for California Governor J. Brown, working on climate, energy, and environmental issues
  • Balgis Osman-Elasha, Climate Change Expert at the Compliance and Safe Guards Division of the African Development Bank
  • John Roome, Senior Director the World Bank Group’s Climate Change Global Practice
  • Joël Pain, Executive Director ‎at EY – EMEIA Sustainable Finance Leader
  • Jonathan Grant, Director at PwC, Sustainability & Climate Change


These videos were made by Fannie Delavelle, who graduated from a dual Master’s degree in International Political Economy between the LSE and Sciences Po Paris. Following a placement at the European Commission, she was appointed trade attachée at the Embassy of France in Washington DC in 2015. Follow her on Twitter @FannieDelavelle or find her on LinkedIn  

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