Who We Are
The South African Youth Centre for Climate Change is a network of young environmentalists and climate justice activists. This network started in 2011 in the lead up to the 17th Session of the Conference Of Parties (COP17—UNFCCC), and its purpose was to coordinate youths in terms of capacity-building and development and strategic engagement during COP17 through YOUNGO (UNFCCC official youth constituency).
The SAYCCC hosted the 7th Session of the Conference Of Youth (COY7). It was held at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus from the 25th to the 27th of November 2011. About 500 to 600 young people from all over the world came to Durban for this conference, many of whom were African youths who travelled by Caravans from Kenya all down to South Africa in Durban, spreading out the word for climate justice. The SAYCCC has, from 2012, represented and strengthened the voice of the South African Youth in local, national and international climate change platforms. In 2015, the SAYCCC was registered as a Non-Governmental Organization in South Africa according to the South African Non-Profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997 with registration number 157-650 NPO, its membership is open to any person regardless of race, gender, marital status, ethnic or social origin, sexual orientation, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture and language. The organization is a Member-NGO in YOUNGO.
¨ To mobilize, coordinate, empower and promote youths on climate change activities,
¨ To widen the voice of South African youth for climate justice.
The organization is not working in isolation, but with various stakeholders and partners in South Africa, the African continent and abroad. We will strengthen the relations that we have with all our stakeholders and build up more strong synergies and with our new partners as well.