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Monday 10:30 EST Press Teleconference: What Youth Are Fighting for at UN Climate Talks


Press Teleconference: A Guide to Youth Engagement at UN Climate Talks

Nov. 17, 2010 – Media are invited to a teleconference with youth climate advocates attending the upcoming United Nations negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. Youth
experts will discuss key issues for Cancun and plans for U.S.-Chinese youth
collaboration during the talks.

The teleconference will be 10:30 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 22. Media can join via phone or Skype. Call-in instructions
listed below.

WHAT: What to Expect in Cancun: A Guide to Youth Engagement at the Climate Change Talks

The first international climate summit since Copenhagen begins Nov. 29, in Cancun, Mexico. Experts from two U.S.-based youth climate advocacy organizations will
discuss the status of the negotiations, highlighting policy topics important to
youth. Drawing from the recent Tianjin negotiations, experts will comment on
youth strategies to re-invigorate the 18-year-old UN system that has the grave
responsibility of deciding the fate of the world’s two billion young people. This
year’s Conference of the Parties (COP-16) will also see renewed interest among
youth to collaborate, particularly through a new partnership between U.S. youth and the
Chinese Youth Delegation.

WHO: Scheduled speakers are:

Abigail Borah, Youth Delegate to COP16, SustainUS (Middlebury, VT)

Reed Aronow, Youth Delegate to COP16, SustainUS (St. Paul, MN)

Marcie Smith, Chair, SustainUS (Raleigh, N.C.)

Jared Schy, Youth Delegate to COP16, Cascade Climate Network (Portland, OR)


Conference Room Number: 9320516

By Phone:

From United States: +1 (201) 793-9022

From Canada: +1 (201) 793-9022

From Austria: +43 (0) 82040115470

From Belgium: +32 (0) 7 0357134

From France: +33 (0) 826109071

From Germany: +49 01805009527

From Ireland: +353 (0) 818270968

From Italy: +39 848390177

From Spain: +34 (9) 02885791

From Switzerland: +41 (0) 8 48560397

From United Kingdom: +44 (0) 8454018081

By Skype:

Participants: +9900827049320516

Please dial-in 10-15 minutes in advance.

Media Contacts:

Louise Yeung, SustainUS Media Relations Coordinator, +1 847-778-0293,

Michael R. Davidson, SustainUS COP-16 Delegation, +1 703-357-5429,


About SustainUS: SustainUS is a national volunteer-based youth organization that empowers young people to create a more sustainable world through involvement in international summits and grassroots
activities. Through its Agents of Change program, U.S. youth have the
opportunity to participate in several UN conferences, including the Framework
Convention on Climate Change, the Commission on Sustainable Development and the
Commission on Social Development. Learn more at

About Cascade Climate Network: The Cascade Climate Network is an organization committed to building a sustainable,
just, and prosperous future through the empowerment of youth leaders across the
Pacific Northwest. The CCN unites more than 400 students from fifteen campuses
in Oregon and Washington through quarterly gatherings, campaign
support, and organizational trainings. We support many youth-led campaigns that
encompass a broad spectrum of environmental issues, from energy policy
campaigns to community retrofitting projects and bottled water bans.

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