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LWF Youth Core Group for the UNFCCC COP18 delegation meets in Geneva

LWF Youth Core Group for the UNFCCC COP18 delegation

LWF Youth Core Group for the UNFCCC COP18 delegation (L to R) Ms. Kleber, Ms. Rakoto and Mr. Guti

The core group of the LWF Youth delegation to the 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met last week (1st-4thOctober 2012) at the Ecumenical Center, in Geneva, with the outgoing LWF Youth Secretary Rev. Roger Schmidt. The core group consists of the three co-leaders of the expected 10 LWF Youth delegates to the COP18: Ms. Tsiri Rakoto from Madagascar, who is now doing her internship at the LWF Human Rights and International Relations Office, Ms. Raquel Kleber from Brazil  who is about to complete her undergraduate degree in International Relations and me, Mr. Warime Guti from Papua New Guinea one of the LWF Council member as a youth.

It was a challenging task to brainstorm ideas on how to prepare the delegation before  COP18, and to think about our strategies and perspectives during the conference and what what is generally expected to be the output by mid 2013.

The core group’s meeting this week brought together ideas and we strategically set up four main goals this delegation is aimed to achieve by mid 2013. The four goals are:

  1. By mid 2013 the delegation members have mobilized 300 young people from at least 8 member church to be active on Climate Justice in their respective context
  2. By mid 2013 the leadership of at least 8 member church have heard about the urgent and continuing importance of Climate Change
  3. By mid 2013 the delegation members have meaningfully contributed to civil society and ecumenical coalition
  4. By mid 2013 the delegation members have meaningfully accompanied and advocated in the UNFCCC process

In order to prepare the whole group before attending the meeting in Doha we have planned to facilitate two webinars. The two webinar will be co-facilitated by the three of us with Roger. Basically the webinar will look into deepening the understanding of the delegates about Climate Change in general, UNFCC processes, the COP meeting itself and explore more into understanding respective delegate’s local context of how Climate Change is dealt with in the local church and the country.

COP18 and the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 26th November to the 7th December 2012 in Doha, Qatar. For the Conference we have we have strategies to facilitate our delegates to understand more into the process of discussion in the two major areas; MITIGATION and ADAPTATION. We are also expected to join ecumenical and civil society’s coalitions to advocate on specific issues that are in line with the values and visions of LWF. The time there in Doha will be hectic and we are also expecting last minute planning and strategies depending on what we see there on the ground.

And now after the meeting each one of the delegate is expected to develop a concept of what they will be doing back at their local churches in order for us to achieve our four main goals by mid 2013. As co-leaders we hope to facilitate with the rest of the delegates during the stay in Doha to develop ideas so delegates grasp what they can do effectively back at their respective context.

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LWF Youth Core Group for the UNFCCC COP18 delegation meets in Geneva

LWF Youth Core Group for the UNFCCC COP18 delegation

LWF Youth Core Group for the UNFCCC COP18 delegation (L to R) Ms. Kleber, Ms. Rakoto and Mr. Guti

The core group of the LWF Youth delegation to the 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met last week (1st-4th October 2012) at the Ecumenical Center, in Geneva, with the outgoing LWF Youth Secretary Rev. Roger Schmidt. The core group consists of the three co-leaders of the expected 10 LWF Youth delegates to the COP18: Ms. Tsiri Rakoto from Madagascar, who is now doing her internship at the LWF Human Rights and International Relations Office, Ms. Raquel Kleber from Brazil who is about to complete her undergraduate degree in International Relations and me, Mr. Warime Guti from Papua New Guinea one of the LWF Council member as a youth.

It was a challenging task to brainstorm ideas on how to prepare the delegation before COP18, and to think about our strategies and perspectives during the conference and what what is generally expected to be the output by mid 2013.
The core group’s meeting this week brought together ideas and we strategically set up four main goals this delegation is aimed to achieve by mid 2013. The four goals are:

  1. By mid 2013 the delegation members have mobilized 300 young people from at least 8 member church to be active on Climate Justice in their respective context
  2. By mid 2013 the leadership of at least 8 member church have heard about the urgent and continuing importance of Climate Change
  3. By mid 2013 the delegation members have meaningfully contributed to civil society and ecumenical coalition
  4. By mid 2013 the delegation members have meaningfully accompanied and advocated in the UNFCCC process

In order to prepare the whole group before attending the meeting in Doha we have planned to facilitate two webinars. The two webinar will be co-facilitated by the three of us with Roger. Basically the webinar will look into deepening the understanding of the delegates about Climate Change in general, UNFCC processes, the COP meeting itself and explore more into understanding respective delegate’s local context of how Climate Change is dealt with in the local church and the country.

COP18 and the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 26th November to the 7th December 2012 in Doha, Qatar. For the Conference we have we have strategies to facilitate our delegates to understand more into the process of discussion in the two major areas; MITIGATION and ADAPTATION. We are also expected to join ecumenical and civil society’s coalitions to advocate on specific issues that are in line with the values and visions of LWF. The time there in Doha will be hectic and we are also expecting last minute planning and strategies depending on what we see there on the ground.

And now after the meeting each one of the delegate is expected to develop a concept of what they will be doing back at their local churches in order for us to achieve our four main goals by mid 2013. As co-leaders we hope to facilitate with the rest of the delegates during the stay in Doha to develop ideas so delegates grasp what they can do effectively back at their respective context.

The final stretch of the journey of LWF together

A journey is nearing its end. Many of the participants are going to end it with prayer and a celebration.

It was a journey that brought together 100 groups of young people from different places in the world. There were many exchanges on biblical texts and how young people see current problems – surrounding the environment and  justice.

This journey was not always easy. Some groups lost momentum and stopped meeting. The contact between groups was difficult in most cases; it is just not easy to communicate with people you have never met, in a language which is not your native one and using the Internet.

Next Sunday, Reformation Sunday, many groups are going to talk about LWF together in the worship services of their congregations. And they are all going to pray for the partner groups.

We are also going to use this week in order to discuss about the future of LWF together. Tomorrow, there will be a post on some ideas for next year’s program and your comments on it.  Later this week, we are also going to invite applications for coordinators of the program.

So, stay tuned for a week of conversation about LWF together, leading up to the Reformation Day finale.

Youth for Eco-Justice: Mike Langa Lulanga

The World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation co-organize the global training program “Youth for Eco-Justice“. Here we are introducing the participants in the following. Here is an overview.

Name: Mike Langa Lulanga
Age: 27
Function: Journalist/Youth Leader
Country of origin: Malawi
Church of origin: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi

What is really important for your life?

To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)

What are your wishes for the negotiations on Climate Change in Durban?

(a)  It is my wish that we discuss the care for creation as one way of expressing our love for God, for the Love of God requires respect for God’s gifts and for God’s will for Creation.

(b)  The role of the youths in ensuring that justice is done to our environment.

(c)   How we can leave the world a better place than we found it.

(d)  How we can live at peace with God and the creation.

(e)  How the world can reduce use of materials that are not environmentally friendly.

What would you like to do so that your church/Country becomes more environmentally just?

Conduct awareness campaigns on environmental justice and civic, educate the masses on how they can do justice to the environment. It will be more meaningful and powerful to use the word of God in educating people about  protecting the environment.

About 80% of Malawians are Christians and they can easily be influenced with the word of GOD. God himself calls us all to be just with his creation.

I would also like to introduce programs that deliberately address issues of environmental justice and institute clubs that will be discussing and finding new ways of how the church can improve on being environmental just and how people at large can develop love for mother nature.

Working for Eco-Justice

The ecological crisis is a global challenge. It requires global responses that make sense locally. This is exactly the aim of the initiative of the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation “Youth for Eco-Justice”. We are trying to understand the global ecological and economic crisis better, identify the injustices theologically and biblically and develop together responses that fit to our various contexts. On this blog we are keeping you up-to-date with new developments and are very interested to hear from you and your experiences. The joint experience kicks off with a training in Durban, South Africa at the end of the year.

The map above shows where the participants of our upcoming training come from. In the next few weeks, we are going to post also short profiles of all the participants. Please write a comment right after the post if you would like to get in touch with them directly.

Young Christians promote peace – youth report online

 

Many of you followed the young Lutherans who joined others in promoting peace in the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (they posted here, here, here, and here).

The youth contributions of this meeting have now been collected in a report. You can download the pdf here.

Become a eco-justice change maker!

If you are really concerned about injustices around climate change and the ecology world wide, this program might be exactly for you.

The Water Network in the World Council of Churches and the LWF youth desk organize together a multiplier training. Youth for Eco-Justice is a transformational leadership training program for change makers in churches and faith-based organizations worldwide. It starts with a two-week training and immersion in the context of the international climate change negotiations (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa (26 November – 10 December 2011). The participants will initiate and implement a project in their home context in the months following the seminar on a volunteer basis.

For us, this obviously directly connects with LWF together – the earth needs you and is meant for participants who want to bring their contribution to a global stage and dig deeper at the same time.

You can read more information here and apply online here.