A panel of four young climate activists and Antonio Guterres talking to the Summit audience. A panel of four young climate activists and Antonio Guterres talking to the Summit audience.

Youth Summit

Young leaders from around the world convened on 21 September to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time.

Youth Climate Summit, 21 September 2019

The UN Youth Climate Summit was a platform for young climate action leaders to showcase their solutions at the United Nations and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.

This historic event took place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York prior to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23.

The Youth Climate Action Summit brought youth climate champions together from more than 140 countries and territories to share their solutions on the global stage, and deliver a clear message to world leaders: we need to act now to address climate change. The event gave voice to the demands of young people for far swifter action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

UN Secretary-General stands in the center of a group of young people holding a 'Youth2030' banner.

Green Tickets

One hundred outstanding young climate champions chosen from around the world received support to participate in the Youth Climate Summit. The 100 ‘Green Ticket’ winners received funded travel as carbon-neutral as possible to New York, after being selected from a group of over 7,000 applicants between the ages of 18 to 29, based on their demonstrated commitment to addressing the climate crisis and advancing solutions. Recipients represented countries from all regions.

left side: young man on a video conference call, right side: young woman in an auditorium speaking with a microphone.

Take Action

Develop an innovative, technology-based solution to climate change, and submit your idea to the UN’s Summer of Solutions.

Nominate yourself or a friend to be considered as a 2019 SDG Pioneer by the UN Global Compact.

Commit to individual actions that reduce your environmental footprint with the UN’s ActNow Climate Campaign or the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World.

Egypt Ify Ufele stands next to Colleen Werner and Shadille Estepan with SDG cubes.

The road to the Youth Climate Summit

The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth briefs civil society leaders on plans for youth engagement and public mobilization PDF document.

The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit briefs civil society leaders on the summit and calls for creative ideas to engage youth and the public PDF document, including proposals to showcase climate actions in September.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres travels to the Pacific, where he meets with young leaders and civil society representatives. During his trip, he hears from those already impacted by climate change and those who are successfully engaging in meaningful climate action.

The UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth hosts a Youth Town Hall at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to discuss climate change and youth mobilization for the Secretary-General’s upcoming Climate Summit.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres meets with Greta Thunberg, youth climate activist, at the R20 Austrian World Summit.

At the 68th UN Civil Society Conference, youth leaders will discuss how to build inclusive and sustainable communities, with a strong emphasis on citizen engagement around climate action.