Meet our current Youth Delegates
Youth Delegates for COP25
November 30th - December 7th, 2019
Kambal Bloxham is a Bachelor of Nursing student at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He has an intern position with The Center for Global Education (TCGE) based out of Edmonton. His involvement with the TCGE is a part of his stage three community service project with the Canadian Conservation Corps (CCC), which he has been involved with since 2018. He spends his summers working with YMCA Calgary’s Camp Chief Hector summer camp leading back-country trips for youth.
Katelynne’s traditional name is Elisapee. She is Inuk from Kuujjuaq, QC. She was born and raised in Victoria, BC which is the traditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking people. She is a graduate from the Indigenous Family Support Program at Camosun College and completed the Canada World Youth’s International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program in 2016, and she completed the Katimavik National Experience Program 2018. In addition to creating policy at the post-secondary level, while she was a member of the City of Victoria Youth Council, she was nominated to participate in the United Nations Association in Canada’s Youth as Peacebuilders Forum, which provided North American input to the UN Secretary General’s review of Resolution 2250, unanimously adopted in 2015 urging all member states to increase representation of youth in decision making at all levels. She currently works for VIDEA as an Indigenous Governance Officer, and she is a member of the National Urban Inuit Youth Council as a representative of Nunavik and BC and is a new member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group.
Christopher is an entrepreneur, strategist and creative from Toronto. He is dedicated to being a lifelong learner. In 2015, he graduated with an HBA from the Ivey Business School. He then went on to explore the many aspects of building businesses: from supply chain management at a men’s suit start-up, to building a sustainability-focused company and managing a team at Boro (a peer-to-peer marketplace to rent and list clothing), to interpreting large quantities of data and marketing enterprise products at Lift & Co. His entrepreneurial drive and experience will allow him to convert learnings from the COP25 into action.
Youth Delegates for the 11th Geneva Forum
December 9th - December 13th, 2019
Fallon is from Ajax, Ontario where she is the CEO of her own sustainably and ethically sourced product company, ‘NeedYa Sustainables’. Fallon conducted her undergraduate degree in molecular biology, neuroscience and psychology, as well as a master’s of environmental science at the University of Toronto. In 2018, Fallon participated in the International Youth Internship Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she traveled to Vietnam to conduct research on sustainable agriculture. Currently, Fallon is completing an internship with the Canadian Wildlife Federation where she is working on designing and implementing the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress 2020 #NatureForAll campaign. The goal of this endeavor is to empower youth from around the world to create and participate in sustainability missions. Fallon is very excited to attend the 11th Geneva Forum and aims to integrate all she will learn into her work.
James is an ardent environmentalist and outdoorsperson with an academic background in political science. He sees community engagement and political mobilization as the means to create a more just and equitable society. He is currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver, BC. During his time with the Canadian Conservation Corps, he developed leadership skills, honed his camping skills, and committed countless hours to volunteer service. The program began with a two-week canoe trip through Algonquin Park followed by a ten-week placement at McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve. He was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Visionaries Prize in 2017 for his presentation Modernizing Democracy:
Technology and the Ontario Government. The proposal focused on a decentralized mobile voting platform aimed at increasing youth engagement, decreasing impediments to voting faced by marginalized populations, and eliminating political apathy. He currently works in communications and marketing, has worked as a volunteer and outreach coordinator for various political and social campaigns, and coached skiing for many years. He hopes to attend law school in the future, focusing on Environmental Law. James is honoured to represent UNA-Canada at the 11th Geneva Forum and hopes to glean a global perspective from the other attendees.
Kelsey (she/they) is a first generation Canadian who now lives on Mi'kmaq territory or what is now called New Brunswick. Their position as a Project Leader with Katimavik allows them to empower the voices of youth participants as well as educate about the colonial history of Canada, the territory we occupy, and what Truth and Reconciliation means as a non-indigenous person in Canada. In 2018, she was selected to be a leader with Canadian Roots Exchange's Youth Reconciliation Initiative while also managing an all women's performance collective in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, AB). In 2019, she began her position with Katimavik, where she was relocated across the country, and since has been granted many opportunities to better understand youth,
indigenous nations, and their rightful places in this world. She is grateful for the opportunity to represent
Canada Service Corps and attend the 11th Geneva Forum.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a body that is the international response to climate change. There are 196 Parties (States), plus the European Union, that are a part of the UNFCCC treaty to fight climate change. The latter treaty was signed at the Earth Summit in 1992 and entered into force in 1994. Chile joined that year and came into force in 1994.The Parties meet annually to review progress in the implementation of the Convention, while other instruments underpinning its implementation are proposed, assessed and approved.
The COP Presidency rotates among the following 5 United Nations regions: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The first COP was held in Berlin in 1995. Twenty-five COPs have been held to date; This time it was Chile’s turn. The last COP was presided by Santiago, Chile and located in Madrid, Spain in December 2019.