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Youth Climate Justice – Manifesto Launch

July 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm IST

Youth Manifesto on Climate Manifesto


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In December 2019, during the Youth Climate Revolution Summit, over 400 young people from different parts of the island of Ireland came together to discuss the importance of Climate Justice. (see video link)

The gathering began work on creating a Youth Manifesto to give voice to young people’s ideas and concerns on Climate Change.

The Young People’s Committee took the findings from this Summit and worked on refining and creating a common message in a manifesto that they have called:

The Youth Manifesto on Climate Justice

We would like to invite you to attend the official launch of this Youth Manifesto on Climate Justice and to join us online as we create a space for young people to continue the conversation on the importance of Global Climate Justice in our response to Climate Change.

Mary Robinson

Guest of honour: Mary Robinson

We are delighted that our guest of honour climate champion Mary Robinson will be officially launching the manifesto!

As the first female President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a passionate, forceful advocate for climate justice who better than Mary Robinson to officially launch this manifesto?

Mary Robinson is Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate. Her Foundation, the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, established in 2010, came to a planned end in April 2019.

A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012.

Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the International Science Council and Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an Ambassador for The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Aurora Foundation. She was Chancellor of the University of Dublin from 1998 to 2019. Mary’s memoir, ‘Everybody Matters’ was published in September 2012 and her book, ‘Climate Justice – Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future’ was published in September 2018.


Guest Speaker: Grace O’Sullivan, MEP

Grace O’Sullivan has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019.

She is a member of the Green Party, an ecologist, and an environmental education specialist, a former Irish surf champion, and a green entrepreneur so will have many insights on climate justice at the local and international levels.


Guest Speaker: Selina Neirok Leem

Selina Neirok Leem is from Majuro, Marshall Islands. At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Selina was among the global faces of climate change, representing her country as the Summit’s youngest delegate, and making a passionate plea to global leaders for stronger action on climate change.

She participated in last year Ocean Wealth Summit as a youth representative for Marshall Island.

“Our corals never grew to the giant we needed them to be
To protect us from the rising water
But I did
To 5’3”


2:00pm Welcome
Valery Molay – National Youth Council of Ireland, Ireland’s UN Youth Delegate
2:10pm Opening Session – Unpacking the Manifesto and Climate Justice
Alicia Joy O’Sullivan & Caillum Hedderman – Youth 2030 Young Peoples Committee
3:00pm Panel Discussion – Climate Justice and the Global World
Mair Kelly – Young Peoples Committee

Mary Robinson – former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Selena Neirok – Youth Ambassador for the Marshall Islands

Grace O’Sullivan – MEP – Green Party

3:30pm Launch of the Manifesto and pledge
Elisabeth Doherty – Young Peoples Committee

Mary Robinson – former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

4:00pm Closing Message
Alicia Joy O’Sullivan & Caillum Hedderman – Youth 2030 Young Peoples Committee


300 participants


Free of charge


2 hours


  • You will hear from some of those that advocate for Climate Justice on the national and global levels.
  • You will have the opportunity to discuss global issues related to climate change with other youth activists and policy makers.
  • You will hear personal experiences from some youth climate activists from different parts of the world and take away ideas for yourself, your community, your school or youth organisation.
  • You will participate interactively to learn more about the importance of Climate Justice and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • You will hear about future opportunities to engage and have the opportunity to pledge to take action!


  • Activists – Young people and those who work with young people – Youth Sector, Education Sector, Development Sector and Policy makers


  • Youth 2030 Young People’s Committee
  • National Youth Council of Ireland

Youth 2030 is a partnership between NYCI and Irish Aid, working in consortia with Concern Worldwide, Maynooth University and Trócaire to deliver Global Youth Work and Development Education to the youth sector.


July 22, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm IST


Online (Zoom)