IRENA Youth Talk
The Importance of International Cooperation to Address Climate Change


In its third edition, the Energy Transition Heroes webinar series, organized under the IRENA Youth Talk umbrella, in collaboration with Enel Foundation, focused on the role of youth in international cooperation on energy and climate.

As part of the “All4Climate” initiative, launched by the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition to foster proactive climate dialogue, and in the run-up to COP26 (Glasgow, November 1-12, 2021), the Youth Talk explored the theme “The importance of international cooperation to address climate change: empowering the role of youth”.

The climate crisis is a global issue that requires global action. By working together, nations can accelerate progress to limit rising temperatures to 1.5 ℃ and achieve net zero emissions globally by mid-century.

To live up to the ambitious goals of COP26, however, it is also necessary to recognise the inevitable role that the youth play in achieving them. Young people have played a pivotal role in bringing urgency to the international public debate on climate. Since the future belongs to the youth, it is their right to be engaged as the global community shapes it.

The talk aimed to explore with youth leaders from across the globe how international cooperation can achieve climate and sustainable development objectives, providing a valuable opportunity for young people to actively contribute to the debate of Pre-COP Youth Event, Pre-COP26, and COP26 to be held in autumn 2021.

The virtual event took place on 9 September 2021 and was conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, French, and Spanish.



IRENA Youth Talk: Energy Transition Heroes

9 September 2021, 19:00-21:00 Gulf Standard Time

The Importance of International Cooperation to Address Climate Change: Empowering the Role of Youth

19:00 – 19:01 GST

Brief introduction by the Moderator
  • Anna Gumbau, Climate Journalist and Event Moderator

19:01 – 19:06 GST

Thematic Survey – Online Interactions

19:06 – 19:16 GST

Remarks by:
  • Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA
  • Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager Enel, Chairman Enel Foundation

19:16 – 20:15 GST

Interactive discussion

Ice-breaking speeches

  • Robert Stavins, A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Harvard University
  • Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation

Debate moderated by Federico Brocchieri, Scientific Researcher

  • Vladislav Kaim, UN Secretary General's Youth Advisor on Climate Change
  • Abraham Bugre, Partnership and Engagement Officer at Green Africa Youth Organisation
  • Maria Constantinescu, Partnerships Officer, Young European Leadership

20:15 – 20:40 GST

Q&A with Audience

20:40 – 20:50 GST

  • Vannia Gava, Undersecretary, Ministry for the Ecological Transition, Italy

20:50 – 20:55 GST

Final Engagement Message 

20:55 – 21:00 GST

Closing by the Moderator
  • Anna Gumbau, Climate Journalist and Event Moderator
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