This implementation of project is a collective effort of a team comprising of young people from different youth-led organisations which are responsible for logistical support, capacity building and legal responsibility of the project.
The selection framework and process for the recipients of the Scholarships shall be carried out by the YOUNGO Bottom-Lining Team (BLT) members together with GSCST team; the criteria for selection for the same, developed together with the YOUNGO BLT, are explained below.
We wish to invite youth who are nationals of Global South countries to apply for the indicated funding. We welcome and value the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to climate movement, and encourage Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQI, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We recognize that this list is neither exhaustive nor representative of the intersectionality present within each individual.
For carrying out the selection process and selecting the youths, the following criteria shall be used:
Age: GSCSY will consider all applicants who are under 35 years of age at the time of COP24. Please note that participation of individuals who are “minor”, that is under 16 years of age, is governed by the policy of UNFCCC. If the applicant is under 16 years of age at the time of COP24, GSCSY will cover the costs of a chaperone with the applicant. Please note that the chaperone will also need an accreditation to attend COP24.. Therefore, GSCSY welcomes all children and youth of the world, who are taking climate action, to apply.
Gender: One of the primary goals of GSCSY 2018 shall be to maintain a gender balance among the recipients, with a view of enhancing female participation. This criterion will be used for the overall picture of Scholarships, meaning that a minimum of 50 percent of the scholarships are allocated to women.
Accreditation for COP24: Since the goal of the Scholarships is that scholars attend both COY and both weeks of COP, the applicants must identify which organisation/government will provide them accreditation for COP24. This criterion will be used on an individual level to assess the likelihood of the applicant to be present at COP. In case an applicant is unable to provide their own source of accreditation, then they are still welcome to apply, but eligibility of your application will be contingent upon the GSCSY Team being able to find a source of accreditation for them.
Country of origin / geographic balance: While the scholarships are targeted for Global South nationals and preferably residents, the selection committee shall work to ensure that geographical balance within the countries of Global South is maintained while selecting the recipients.
Applicant’s background story / work: Applicants would be asked to share about their work in past related to climate/environmental and related domains including, but not limited to: their individual/group/organisational projects, their experiences, their work in local, national or regional movements, and any other kind of work within the environmental domain and climate action. Again, this list of work described is not exhaustive, but just a general idea.
Applicant’s reasons (Statement of Purpose) for coming to COY14 and COP24: The applicants would be asked to describe: what their motivation is for coming to COY14 and COP24: why they are willing to come, what role they envision for themselves and what perspectives they would bring in.
Previous experiences within UNFCCC processes: A core principle of the GSCSY is to create the opportunity for young people who are motivated about tackling climate change (and are doing actions, as outlined in criteria number 4) – but are unable to reach the UNFCCC processes and make their voices heard – to be empowered (through finance and capacity building) to participate in COY14 and COP24. Accordingly, these scholarships are aimed to enhance participation of those who do not already have experience with the UNFCCC processes, but who have demonstrated a commitment to climate action in another space, action which would be enhanced to a greater level by their COP24 experience – therefore a balance would be maintained in the two categories during the selection process.
Plans post COP24: Applicants would be asked to describe how they envision sharing the knowledge and experiences gained at COY14 and COP24, once they are back to their home country.
It is notified that the Scholars shall:
- Adhere to the Guidelines of Participation of NGO Representatives at the UNFCCC Sessions
- Respect the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights