Justin speaks to students at Vanier College in Montreal; Justin parle avec des étudiants au Cégep Vanier Collège. Oct 26, 2012.

Prime Minister of Youth: Canada’s head of state is also the country’s new youth minister

You might not have heard – but Canada recently had an election. And it sent frozen shockwaves through this quiet, often overlooked sister north to the USA. Following the election, Canada’s new prime minister is now also it’s minister of youth: Justin Trudeau recently appointed himself Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth. For the first time in Canadian history, youth is now a part of a prime minister’s portfolio. Is this all show, no substance? What impact will the new governmental youth portfolio have on policies directed at young people in Canada?

White House lit up after the SCOTUS ruling

IDAHOT 2015: Exploring sexuality and gender within national youth policies

As part of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, this piece of research explores the prevalence of LGBTI rights, sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation in national youth policies. By conducted a keyword search of all national youth policies and strategies, we reveal how limited the inclusion of LGBTI issues are within youth legislation. The gaps are plenty of work for campaign movements and organisations, against a background a major successes and fatal challenges for the global LGBTI community.

UNFCCC Bonn, "Kick Big Polluters Out", 2015.

Bad Intentions? Influencing the New International Climate Agreement

The upcoming international climate agreement has been on the radar of the environmental governance discourse recently, with momentum building towards reaching an ambitious agreement to stave off dangerous climate change. As emphasis shifts to the national level, the youth climate movement – particularly YOUNGO – could have real influence in shaping a new global agreement. With the Pope on their side, can YOUNGO coordinate the local-global action effectively, and succeed against a history of COP failures?