Our Programs

GYDI utilizes a full range of online tools to provide courses and learning materials for remote learning, while harnessing the power of hands-on training through its uniquely designed experiential learning programs centered around the negotiating sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  (UNFCCC).


These programs are often organized in collaboration with our partner organizations and networks, with previous examples including:

Upcoming Programs: 2020 and Beyond


GYDI has planned a new project, building upon the success and experience from previous ones. The Young Climate Leaders Fellowship (YCLF) will identify, select, and empower an annual cohort of high-potential young people – active in the area of climate change – who each will design and lead a climate action project in their country, focusing on the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.


We aim to secure funds as soon as possible, enabling the YCLF to launch its pilot year in 2020, with a vision and strategy to reach a cumulative total of 120 Fellows from as many countries trained by 2030. For more information, please Contact Us.

The Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Youth Forum (AYF), in which YOUNGO, the Government of Canada, the Government of Fiji, the UNFCCC, and UNDP collaborated to organize the first youth forum under the Convention on the topic of ACE. GYDI lead efforts organizing the conference agenda, providing a training and capacity-building program for the participants (including 30+ youth from Global South countries who received scholarships to attend the event), and generating the outcome texts from the event, which were then incorporated into the ACE negotiations between governments which immediately followed the AYF, during the SB-48 session.

The Global South Scholarships (GSS) 2017, funded by the Government of Germany, which fully funded the participation of 30 young people from countries in the Global South to attend the 23rd Conference of parties (COP-23) of the UNFCCC held in Bonn, Germany. Besides covering all costs, it provided a rigorous capacity-building and training program to ensure the selected youth could meaningfully engage in the intergovernmental process during the conference, as well as return home better prepared to undertake climate action themselves.