Youth4Climate 2021

Component 3


Youth4Climate Solutions:

Recognize the ability and creativity of young people and youth organizations/networks and boost direct support to implement innovative solutions addressing the climate emergency


The solutions are characterized by clear, quantifiable and monitorable objectives and a commitment to combining different disciplines in an innovative way or finding synergies between existing programs and funds. These solutions may in turn galvanize additional projects at the regional, national and local scales.





Challenge 1:


Urban Sustainability 

Half of humanity lives in urban settings and this number is projected to rise to two thirds by 2050. Urban resilience – the ability of city dwellers to withstand economic, social, health, environmental, disaster and climate related risks – has acquired renewed urgency and has become central to the sustainable development discourse. Within this context, young people represent a drive for change and the call for solution will challenge them to provide ideas on how to improve urban resilience to the effects of climate change in cities and urban settlements.


Challenge 2:


Food and Agriculture 

The results of the food system Summit 2021 and the Youth4Climate Manifesto have highlighted the urgency to transform the world's food system and try to find an innovative solution that can resolve hunger and reduce diet-related diseases and heal the planet. Climate change is putting the food chain production at risk and for many communities and young people, extreme weather events threaten their food security and livelihoods. The call for solution will aim to invert food trends, transforming them into viable projects and business models. 





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Challenge 3:



It is increasingly recognized that education and learning are crucial for addressing climate change. Education is fundamental for democratic societies and a vital tool for young people to be empowered with knowledge and drive innovation. Education can encourage people to change their attitudes and behavior, and it helps them to make informed decisions, as clearly recognized by young people in the Youth4Climate manifesto. The call for the solution will challenge them to focus on education as a tool to ensure next generation’s awareness of climate change and encourage the adoption of more climate friendly lifestyle.


Challenge 4:



Most households across Africa continue to face challenges in accessing stable, secure and affordable energy. Commodity price inflation, driven largely by supply shocks arising from the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent policy response, has further destabilized energy access in much of Africa as household budgets are stressed, end-user energy costs rise, and planned infrastructure investments are put on hold to prioritize more urgent needs. To address this and ensure continued support towards the energy transition, this partnership seeks to support and scale-up demand/end-user side energy efficiency to maximize the benefit of household expenditures (in money and time) on electricity, cooking, cooling, and other forms of energy. Specifically, the challenge will seek to support youth-driven innovations to scale up energy conservation and demand-side efficiency services.  

How do I submit an idea?

Register on the Youth4Climate Platform and fill in your application online by 31st March 2023, 23:59 Central European Time. Please note that registering does not constitute an application, to submit an application follow steps 3 and 4 below. 

Steps to submit your proposals

    Register on the Youth4Climate Platform to engage, exchange and explore collaboration [link to register].

    Carefully go through the Guidance note.

    Make sure to download and follow the available templates for the preparation of your logframe and budget. 

    Fill in the online application form and submit your proposal by 23:59 on 31st March 2023, CET [Link to the online form] .