The Liberal Government in Canada has been praised for its policy on Syrian Refugees this past year. Canada is known as a country that is accepting of new migrants; a policy of acceptance that is woven into the fabric of the country. Although the government and a large majority of the country’s population have accepted refugees,…

On the 12th of December, 196 Parties adopted the Paris Agreement: the first major international agreement on the issue of climate change since the 1992 Kyoto Protocol. On Earth Day, the 22nd of April, over 170 Parties signed the agreement. But this is only the beginning of the process. As with any big agreement, the…

Climate change is a global problem. Norway is a rather small country. Why should we care? It is easy to say that a country like Norway, with barely the population of a Chinese city, cannot make a difference on big global issues. Whether it is true or not, does not matter, we have a moral…

Why the EU needs to step up its 2030 game: In December, world leaders gathered at Le Bourget, Paris, for the UN climate negotiations, COP21. After both tense and intense negotiations, the international community managed to put together – for the first time in history – a binding and global treaty on climate change. The…

The consequences of global climate change are increasingly felt in Ukraine. Over the past 20 years the average annual temperature has risen by 0,8⁰C, and the average temperature in January and February by 1-2⁰C. This has led to changes in the rhythm of seasonal events: spring floods, early flowering and decreased levels of snowfall. Due…

IFLRY (the International Federation of Liberal Youth) represents over two million youth members around the world, and our Climate Change team had the opportunity to bring unique perspectives to COP21. With representatives from Norway, the Philippines, Ukraine, Canada, and the Netherlands, we each had our own national positions and challenges in mind while observing the…

Four years ago in Durban, South Africa, a working group was established to develop a protocol and a legally binding agreement that would be ready no later than 2015, for adoption at COP21 in Paris, France. IFLRY had the opportunity to witness the culmination of four years of tough negotiations by 196 parties, and to…

Report from the IFLRY Climate Change Programme #COP21, where the crucial negotiation of an international climate change agreement will take place, is set to take place in Paris, France this December. This conference is of critical importance: in order to prevent and limit the catastrophic future consequences of climate change, the international community must commit…

Last year saw the largest number of refugees worldwide since the Second World War, and this year the numbers don’t look to be reducing. There’s an aspect to this crisis which isn’t accounted for within the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees, but which is already happening, and will only continue to grow as…

We are entering an era of increased risk of conflict due to climate change. We depend on resources for survival, and thus, they have throughout history always been an important factor for conflicts. As anthropogenic climate change and unsustainable use of resources causes scarcity, we are already seeing the link between climate change and conflicts….