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COP25 | GAUC Youth Delegation


(Group Photo of Youth League Beijing Representatives with the Advisory Group Before Boarding)


The GAUC Youth League is composed of 15 outstanding youth representatives from six universities in India, South Africa, Australia, Britain, Japan, and China. The highly internationalized and diverse GAUC Youth League is looking to fully utilize its advantages to add a touch of color to this year's COP.


President's Remarks

Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China, sent his greetings to the Youth League: "I wish the Youth Delegation huge success on their journey, undergo exercise in the process of climate governance, feel and understand the multilateral process, and make a difference. "


Delegation Profile

ZHANG Jiaxuan


Tsinghua University

Global Environment   Program, School of Environment

ZHANG Jiaxuan is a senior   student in the Global Environment Program of Tsinghua University. She is   particularly interested in the field of climate policy and renewable energy   policy. She has rich internship experiences in various types of institutions,   including the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and   Reform Commission, the Sino-German Energy Transition Project of GIZ, the   Clean Power Project Team of the natural resources Defense Council, and the   Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development (ICCSD) of Tsinghua   University. She also co-authored a review article about the opportunities and   challenges of high penetration of renewable energy in China. In addition, she   also actively participated in the simulation and practice in the field of   climate negotiations. She has won outstanding representatives in the second   and third Model Climate Change Conference of Parties, and attended the   Climate Change Conference SB48 held in Bonn.

Joel Naoki Ernesto   Christoph (Japan&France)

Tsinghua University

School of Social Sciences   (Tsinghua University)

Joel Christoph is a French   master’s degree student in the Global Politics and Economics dual degree   program of Tsinghua University and Johns Hopkins University SAIS. Through   conference participation, extracurricular activities and personal studies, he   has developed indepth understanding of international complexities in   multilateral public goods management and policy coordination. At the fourth   annual Model Climate Change Conference of Parties held at Tsinghua   University, he was recognized as one of the two outstanding delegates out of   150 students during the multi-day negotiations on climate finance. His   interests lie in global governance, environmental economics and energy   transitions. He has previously worked in research on long-term global energy   demand.

Jessie Yuill

(South Africa)

Stellenbosch University

BSc (Hons) Biodiversity   and Ecology

Jessie Yuill, from a   small coastal town in South Africa where she grew up in a loving home with   her grandparents and sister. She has always had a tenacious curiosity when it   comes to the environment and as a result, she has taken up many outdoor   sports throughout her life such as kitesurfing, wakeboarding, scuba diving   and rock climbing. She was brought up to respect and love nature and have   been privileged enough to pursue this love in her degree, Biodiversity and   Ecology at Stellenbosch University. This foundation has fed her passion for   pursuing ways of ensuring ecosystem resilience and sustainability in the face   of the predicted effects of climate change. Within this, she believes that public   awareness and education play a key role in conserving biodiversity across the   globe, and as such, she has a strong zeal for the involvement of people with   her projects. Additionally, in her spare time she enjoys keeping up to date   in other fields of research such as nutritional health and for the moment her   hobbies include tennis, flute, reading and surfing.

ZHANG Shangchen (China)

Tsinghua University

Global Environment   Program, School of Environment

ZHANG Shangchen is an   undergraduate student in Global Environment Program of Tsinghua University.   With interests and knowledge in fields of environmental science and   engineering, he has gained a holistic understanding in the cooperation   mechanism in technological transfers for climate change and biennial   communication on environment funds. He's interested in exploring elements and   possibilities of mutual understanding and cooperation for bilateral or   multilateral governance structures. As a Chinese millenniel with   international vision, he strives to reduce barriers, enhance mutual   understanding among world youth through innovation, with an impact on future   generations and their environment.

Aaron Tang (Austrilia)

Aaron is a PhD Scholar in   international climate politics and governance at the Australian National   University. His research explores the philosophy, politics, and governance of   climate

engineering technologies   (technologies that draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere or reflect   solar energy away from Earth). Aaron’s PhD investigates the underlying   desirable or undesirable ‘visions’ of climate futures that are present in   climate engineering discussions. He also explores the creation of governance   in the present for technologies that only exist in the future.

Courtnae R. M. Bailey

(Saint   Vincent and the Grenadines)

Courtnae R. M. Bailey, a   PhD researcher conducting research on climate change adaptation financing.   Her research focuses on increasing private investment in adaptation in   Caribbean Small Island States. She also explores the relationship between the   Sustainable Development Goals and Climate change adaptation as a way to   attract private investment.

XU Qinyi


University of Cambridge

PhD candidate, Department   of Land Economy & Department of Politics and International Studies

Her research spans global   environmental governance, environmental policy and economics to   comparative/international political economy. Her current PhD research is on   “role formation”, “role distribution” and “role fragmentation” in   international environmental policy-making. Its main focus is to establish the   role model to measure and predict the changing roles between state actors in   climate change negotiation and within each actors’ policy-making processes.   It explains the factors that cause the transition of roles and how such   dynamic affect and interact with the issue of compliance in climate   agreements. She also works on research topics such as: Global value chain and   the trade and environment nexus; Embedded market power and global environmental   governance; Policy space with a new green dilemma: tracing renewable energy   development in emerging market economies.

Qinyi is the recipient of   the Cambridge Trust scholarship for her PhD studies. She holds an MPhil in   Environmental policy from the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, she   obtained her B.A. in Politics and Public Administration (with B.A.   Management-Leo KoGuan Scholar; Xinhe Scholar) at the School of Government,   Peking University.

Emma Saraff Marcos   (Spain&US)

The University of Tokyo,   Global Studies Program

Emma Saraff Marcos,   currently a graduate student at the University of Tokyo (Global Studies   program), where she is working on a thesis about global distributive justice   in the Anthropocene. She is interested in the concept of “transition” in the   context of sustainability; more specifically, she is interested in ideas such   as implementing the circular economy, understanding contemporary energy   transition, and developing urban communities that are based on the bedrock of   sustainable practice. Her thesis work aims to synthesize her interest in   future-oriented sustainability with the notion of justice; that is, how do we   ensure a global sustainable future is equitable and accessible?

Before enrolling in her   current program, she worked in rural development in Andhra Pradesh, India,   where she observed firsthand the complicated relationship between Western   notions of modernity, community-building in the Global South, and the threat   of climate change. She grew up in a multicultural household, and lived in   England, Spain, and the United States during her early childhood. As such,   her approach to heritage has never been rooted to one place, and she   considers many countries and cultures to be “home.” At present, she lives in   Tokyo, Japan, and hope to remain there for a few more years.

LIU Liangke (China)

Tsinghua University

Department of Earth   System Science

LIU Liangke, PhD   candidate from Department of Earth System Science at Tsinghua University. I   attended the Department of Atmospheric Sciences of Nanjing University of   Information Science and Technology in 2013 and received a bachelor's degree   in 2017. In my senior year, I was accepted by University of Hawaii at Mano as   a formal Master student and went to the United States. I graduated in May   2018 with a Master of Science degree. I attended the Department of Earth   System Science, Tsinghua University in 2019. I am currently the Vice Minister   of Academic Exchange Center of Graduate Student Union of Tsinghua University.   Besides, I published 1 SCI and 1 core journal as the first author and   participated in publishing several other articles. In addition, I used   vacations to take part in internships at top domestic and foreign scientific   research institutes (such as China Meteorological Administration, Michigan   State University, etc.)

Anand Narayana Sarma   (India)

Indian Institute of   Science


Anand Narayana Sarma, a   final year PhD student at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at   the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. After completing his bachelor’s   and master’s degree in electronics and communication with a specialization in   optics, He is currently working for his PhD degree, carrying out research on   the effects of atmospheric aerosols on optical wireless communication systems.   His interest in atmospheric science started while carrying out his Master’s   thesis work on the design of an elastic lidar for studying atmospheric   aerosols. The interdisciplinary nature of the work and the public interest   and outreach makes this field exciting. He is looking forward to carrying out   more research in atmospheric science and its implications in daily life.   After obtaining his PhD degree, he wishes to join academics to carry out both   research and teaching together.

Gen Hayakawa (Japan)

The University of Tokyo

School of Civil   Engineering

Gen Hayakawa is a   fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Tokyo. He is majoring in Civil   Engineering and my research topic for bachelor thesis is the impact of   ride-hailing services on the use of mass transit in Asian developing   countries: case study of Phnom Penh. Although his bachelor thesis is not   directly connected to climate change, but he is going to conduct research on   the impact of climate change on water resource for master thesis. Therefore,   he is strongly interested in climate change. In the future, he wants to   contribute to the development of advancing countries. On the other hand, he   has not decided how he will tackle this problem. One option is through   climate change, for developing areas are more susceptible than other part of   the world to the problems caused by climate change such as uneven   distribution of water resource. He hopes he can get the clue to his future   career during this stay.

Kotone Kagami (Japan)

University of Tokyo

School of Environmental   Science

I’m Japanese but spent my   entire childhood (up to graduating high school) living in Bangkok, Thailand.   I am currently a second-year undergraduate student and haven’t had a chance   to dive into my field of interest which is sustainable building and design. I   am currently fascinated by the climate change impacts of the buildings we   create and have been looking into the impacts of embodied carbon in building   materials rather than the environmental impact of operating infrastructure. This   passion most likely stems from my hobby of product designing. I have built a   habit in researching environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing   processes as I ensure that all of my products and installations are ethically   and sustainably made. In addition to all this, I am extremely active (played   for varsity football, track, swimming, rugby, softball, X-country etc.) and I   currently represent my University’s Boxing Team as the only female athlete.   Oh, I also enjoy puzzles (Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, mazes etc.)!

WANG Xiaoyu (China)

Tsinghua University

School of Economics and   Management

WANG Xiaoyu received her   bachelor’s degree in Economics from the School of Economics and Management,   Tsinghua University in 2017. She continued to work as a Ph.D. candidate at   the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, where she is   focusing on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is currently the Vice   President of Graduate Student Union of Tsinghua University. She had   previously served as Vice Minister of the Organization Department of the   Communist Youth League Committee of Tsinghua University, Deputy Director of   the Science and Innovation Center of the Communist Youth League Committee of   Tsinghua University, and Vice President of the Undergraduate Student Union of   Tsinghua University. She had received the First-class Scholarship of Tsinghua   University, Academic Excellence Scholarship of Tsinghua University,   Mitsubishi International Business Scholarship, Outstanding Student Leadership   of Tsinghua University, and Outstanding Student of the School of Economics   and Management.

Habiba Ahut Daggash   (Nigeria)

Imperial College London

Ph.D. in Sustainable   Energy Futures

I am a third year PhD   student at the Centre for Environmental Policy, and part of the Science and   Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership (SSCP DTP) at   the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, funded by the   Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). I am interested in the   implications of climate change mitigation objectives on energy system   transitions, within the context of geopolitical and bio-geophysical   constraints. I completed both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at St John's   College, University of Oxford where I specialised in chemical engineering.   She is also the past Chair of IChemE Energy Centre's Future Leaders Group and   served on the board of the centre.

I am from Borno state in   Nigeria, where climate change has contributed to a decadelong conflict, as   land and water resources become increasingly scarce. My passion for climate   change research stems from my desire to develop solutions that will help   people in vulnerable regions like my hometown to mitigate the devastating   risks of climate change.

Karina Andrea Corada-Pérez   (Spain)

Imperial College London

PhD researcher

I'm a PhD researcher at   the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College. I'm proud of being   Latin America (From Patagonia to the world), scientific and feminist woman.   I'm interested in urban vegetation and its impacts on pollution removal. I   hope my passionate research will contribute to informed decision-making for   more health-promoting urban environments through the optimisation of benefits   expected from urban greenspace. I enjoy my time working and communicate   science because I want to make a better and clean respirable world for   everyone.


 GAUC Youth Delegation Group Photo


On-site, members of the youth delegation will not only participate and observe in official agendas such as UNFCCC official side events, press conferences, and Chinese corner side events, they will also act as speakers/presenters at GAUC press conferences to share youth stories, present youth declarations, and voice out in representation of the youth from twelve universities and worldwide.

In addition, youth representatives organized various activities such as youth discussions, intergenerational dialogues, advisory meetings, and sustainable fashion shows. Discussion on the progress of the negotiations and highlights were shared with consultation from the expert teams, to ensure the accuracy of their conclusions. 


Dec. 8

10:00 - 11:00

Pep Rally

14:00 - 17:00

GAUC Working Conference

17:00 - 18:30

Welcome Dinner

Dec. 9

09:00 - 11:00

China Pavillion -   Universities' Mission and Action on Climate Change

13:00 - 14:00

Engaging the Private Sector   in Adaptation Action

14:00 - 15:30

China Pavillion - Concerted   Action on Environment and Climate

15:30 - 18:00

Closing Plenary of the   SBSTA and SBI

Dec. 10

08:00 - 08:30

YOUNGO's Morning Meeting

08:30 - 09:00

Youth Dialogue Campaign

09:30 - 13:00

Exhibit - Outstanding   Collection of Works from GAUC

14:00 - 15:00

High-level Event on Action   for Climate Empowerment

15:00 - 16:30

Resilience Roundtable

16:30 - 18:00

Gender Day Activities

Dec. 11

08:00 - 08:30

YOUNGO's Morning Meeting

14:00 - 16:00

Inter-Generational   Dialogue: The Power and Effective Ways for Youth Climate Action

Dec. 12

08:00 - 08:30

YOUNGO's Morning Meeting

09:30 - 11:30

12 Universities Youth   Dialogue - How to Amplify the Voice and Influence of Youth in Climate Affairs

15:00 - 18:00

Closing Plenaries of COP,   CMP, and CMA

18:00 - 19:30

China Pavillion - Fashion   Innovation for Future & Youth Climate Action

18:30 - 20:00

UNFCCC Side Event -   Increasing Climate Ambition Through Capacity Building Among Youth and   Educators

Dec. 13

09:00 - 10:30

China Pavillion -   International Experience and Domestic Practice on Non-Carbon Dioxide   Greenhouse Gas Emission

11:00 - 12:00

Press Conference -   Outstanding Collection of Works from GAUC

13:00 - 18:00

Closing Plenaries of COP,   CMP, and CMA

19:30 - 22:00

Farewell Dinner

Support Team

To ensure the smooth execution of the Youth League’s work in Madrid, the GAUC Secretariat, Tsinghua University Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University Center for Global Competence Development and the Chinese Youth Climate Alliance Network formed a support team.

Advisory Group

LI Zheng

Executive Vice President of the Institute of Climate Change   and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University;

Secretary General, Global Alliance of Universities on   Climate


Vice President of the Institute of Climate Change and   Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University;

Deputy Secretary General, Global Alliance of Universities on   Climate


Director of the Center for Global Competence Development,   Tsinghua University

Coordination Manager

Binbin WANG

Program Director of Institute of Climate Change and   Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University

ZHENG Xiaowen

Executive Director of China Youth Climate Action Network

Working Team

FU Yanan

Foreign Affairs and Outreach Manager of Institute of   Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University


Project Manager of Center for Global Competence   Development, Tsinghua University

ZHANG Haoran

GAUC COP25 Youth Delegation Team Leader;

Program Officer of China Youth Climate Action Network

HU Jingwei

Communication Officer of China Youth Climate Action Network



In 2019, Tsinghua University, in conjunction with the The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Australian National University (ANU), University of California, Berkeley, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Tokyo, and other well-known colleges and universities, initiated the establishment of the "Global Alliance of Universities on Climate" (hereinafter referred to as " GAUC "). GAUC is missioned around joint research, talent development, student activities, green campus, public participation and other major aspects, including the implementation of bilateral and multilateral joint research in climate-related technologies, economics, and policies to promote innovation in technology and policy solutions, carry out joint education projects and the construction of climate-related curriculum systems.




CYCAN is the first Chinese non-profit organization for youth action in the field of climate change. It was jointly established by seven outstanding youth organizations in August 2007, combining their respective resources and strengths. CYCAN's mission is to coordinate and provide services for organizations interested in promoting youth participation in civil society. Building on its domestic and international contacts, it wants to build a sustainable low carbon future. Inspire and guide young people to grasp the opportunities in China and tackle the challenges of climate change and the transition to a sustainable energy future, support Chinese youth to become a new driving force to achieve global sustainable development.



Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University


The Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Tsinghua University was established in December 2017, and Mr. Xie Zhenhua, the Special Representative for Climate Change in China, served as the founding dean. The Institute is committed to establishing a global climate network, conducting high-quality strategic research, training future climate leaders, and contributing to the sustainable development future.


The Center for Global Competence Development, Tsinghua University


The Center for Global Competence Development (CGCD) was established in April 2018 with a mission to support global competence development for all students, and to facilitate students' development on global competence as an integral component of undergraduate and graduate education. While preparing our students for the world, the CGCD is also dedicated to foster a diverse and culturally inclusive environment in which all students, faculty and staff thrive.


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The EditorHaijing Ma

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