Friday, November 4, 2011
``YOUNGO Fundraising`` Great news: YOUNGO receives funding from the Norwegian government !
The Norwegian government granted YOUNGO with 214,417 USD and the administrative arrangements have been prepared by the UNFCCC Secretariat which is acting as contact between the Norwegian government and YOUNGO. The Togolese youth-led NGOJeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE) has been selected as hosting organization of the funds by YOUNGO in accordance with the UNFCCC Secretariat’s rules. Below is the full text of the release"
"We hope this finds you well and that you already started your preparation on the COP17 that is approaching so quickly now. We would like to update you on the efforts of the YOUNGO Fundraising Working Group to enable the participation of young people in the UNFCCC process. For more than one and a half year the group has been working towards getting money from the Norwegian government, in similar manners as for COP15 from the Dutch government.
We are pleased to inform you that we finally got a positive answer from the Norwegian government three weeks ago. However we were not able to share the great news with you all as there were some internal discussions between YOUNGO and the UNFCCC Secretariat to answer important questions like which youth organization will be hosting the money, how much will YOUNGO received from the 214,417 USD the Norwegian government decided to fund us with, how the money will be spent and also what are the rules of procedures of this funding opportunity. It took us some time to come up with answers, and finally we are able to share this great news with you all.
The first information is that, as mentioned above, the Norwegian government granted YOUNGO with 214,417 USD and the administrative arrangements have been prepared by the UNFCCC Secretariat which is acting as contact between the Norwegian government and YOUNGO. The Togolese youth-led NGOJeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE) has been selected as hosting organization of the funds by YOUNGO in accordance with the UNFCCC Secretariat’s rules. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been developed by the UNFCCC and proposed to JVE for review before a common agreement on its terms. At this stage JVE has already signed the MoU and is awaiting the transfer of the funds to its bank account so that their use can start as soon as possible.
Secondly from the total amount received, only 66,625 USD will be managed by JVE for YOUNGO. The rest is under the supervision of the UNFCCC Secretariat who will also organize and coordinate some activities focused on youth participation and other stakeholders at the COP17 in Durban.
Please note that the main objectives of this funding are to:
1. Enable virtual participation of youth and other stakeholders during COP17/CMP7 in order to mobilize public support at the local and national level, and
2. Promote active participation of youth representatives from developing countries to the COP17/ CMP7.
As the responsability of the funding management has been divided in two parts, below are the activities that each administrative body will be engaged with:
1. Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE):
- Participation of 2 YOUNGO focal points to the COP17
- Participation of 15 youth delegates from developing countries/global South to the COP17
- Financial support for the Conference of Youth (COY), 25-27 November 2011
- Report on activities by youth organizations carried out during year 2011.
2. The UNFCCC Secretariat:
- Coalition Outreach Room (virtual participation), during COP17
- Virtual participation software in side events room, during COP17
- Young and Future Generations Day, during COP17
- Intergenerational Inquiry side event, during COP17
- Youth Briefings (3 or 4), during COP17
- Youth Booth, during COP17.
As you can see the UNFCCC secretariat will administer most of the funds and will hire a Consultant to facilitate activities in collaboration with YOUNGO. The other funds including support to the COY7 organization, the YOUNGO focal points’ participation at the COP17, Global South youth participation at the COP17 and the report writing will be administrated by Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE) for YOUNGO.
Immediately after we received this great news we start working on some technical aspects related to the use of the funds. In this short time things are not so easy but we keep working hard. To enable the participation of the 15 Global South youth at the COP17 we have developed a call for applications as well as a selection process. The call will be launch today and youth will have only one week to apply. Just after the application deadline a Selection Committee will be meeting and the results will be announced. We count on your full support as usual to help us spread the word and implement a fair and transparent process. The support to the COY7 ‘s organization, the focal points’ participation at the COP17 as well as the selection of a youth Consultant who will be responsible to write a report on the Youth Constituency’s participation at the COP17 are still under development. We will updated you soon about."
Best regards, and please join our efforts to make this success unforgettable,
The YOUNGO Fundraising Working Groupyoungo-fundraising-wg@