9 August 2023, Geneva, Switzerland - In celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People on August 9th, UNITAR, in collaboration with the Science Diplomacy Center, Springer Nature, and the International Network for Government Science Advice Africa, as well as dozens of other esteemed partners, organized the Global Indigenous Youth Summit on Climate Change. This unique event created a platform for Indigenous youth worldwide to collaboratively address climate challenges and explore sustainable solutions.
With sessions spanning three 8-hour time zones, the summit facilitated an inclusive dialogue among Indigenous youth, connecting voices across cultures and languages. Throughout the summit, Indigenous youth shared crucial insights into climate change impacts and resilience strategies. The event spanned from 00:00 to 24:00 GMT on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The summit saw engagement from over 1300 registrants representing 112+ nations and communicating in 88+ languages across a continuous Zoom event and parallel YouTube livestream.
The Global Indigenous Youth Summit on Climate Change exemplifies the impact of youth voices in steering global conversations toward actionable change. UNITAR and its partners remain committed to fostering progress and honoring the knowledge of Indigenous communities towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.