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Are you under the age of 30? Would you like to have your ideas heard and be a part of an event raising youth voices on climate around Australia and providing input into the global climate negotiations?

The Australian Local Conference of Youth on Climate Change (Australian LCOY) 2023 aims to raise the voices of children and youth, boost youth climate action locally and provide Australian Youth input into the Global Youth Climate Statement which is submitted to the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), which will take place this November/December in the United Arab Emirates.

The Australian LCOY is held under the umbrella of YOUNGO, the official youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and supported by UNICEF Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

The conference includes a national online Zoom workshop followed by in-person workshops in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.

Join us to meet other young people who are as passionate about climate action as you!

Join us to meet other likeminded young people who are as passionate about climate change as you!

Themes of the 2023 National Conference

Youth perceptions of climate change

Climate change in our region




Child and Youth Voice

The National Child and Youth Statement on Climate Change 

The discussions during the conference, will be documented. These discussions will contribute to the National Child and Youth Statement on Climate Change which will be compiled by the conference's Youth Leadership Council. The statement will provide input into YOUNGO's Global Youth Climate Statement which will be submitted to the (COP28) climate negotiations. This document will also be shared with the Australian government before the COP28.

When is the Australian LCOY?

National online zoom session 

Wednesday, 4 October from 2pm to 4pm AEST.

In-person workshops

WA: Saturday, 7 October 2023

SA: Tuesday, 10 October 2023

Vic: Tuesday, 17 October 2023

NSW: Saturday, 21 October 2023

Further details will be sent to those who have confirmed they will be attending.

Keep an eye out on social media for updates!

UNICEF Australia Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

Monash Sustainable Development Institute Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

For any questions related to the LCOY, please contact:


Freya Conomos, Child and Youth Engagement Manager UNICEF Australia: (child and youth participation in the Conference) or Nishadh Rego, Advocacy and Policy Manager, UNICEF Australia: (advocacy, government or COP 28)


Izzy Zhu-Maguire, Project Coordinator - Engagement and SDSN, and SDSN AusNZPac Youth Coordinator, Monash Sustainable Development Institute:

The Australian Local Conference of Youth on Climate Change is supported by:

This initiative is also supported by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for Australia, New Zealand & Pacific.

Apply now

Expression of interest closes 27 September 2023.

Some final questions before you go: 

Please note answers to the below will not affect your application; they are purely to assist in the development of focus areas for the Conference.