Young MPs for climate action: Eighth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians
On 15 and 16 June, some 200 young parliamentarians from 60 countries convened in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt for the 8th IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.
The conference was jointly organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Egypt. This year’s theme is Young MPs for Climate Action in the lead-up to COP27 also taking place in Sharm-el-Sheikh later this year. The annual IPU conference is a unique global platform for young Members of Parliament to meet and identify common and innovative strategies to advance youth empowerment.
The conference focused on what parliamentary action and good practices from around the world can mitigate the impact of climate change and ensure that global warming does not exceed 1.5°C, in line with the Paris Agreement. Other topics included the impact of climate change on human rights; climate change and civil society; and climate change support for developing countries.
The conference was also an opportunity to promote the IPU’s campaign to rejuvenate parliaments and bring in fresh faces I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament! The campaign was spearheaded by the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians and is anchored around six pledges designed to mobilize parliamentary leadership of all ages to encourage more young people to run for parliament.
The UK Parliament was represented at the 8th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians by Dan Carden MP, Richard Holden MP and Gary Sambrook MP.