Applications for the Youth Advisory Panel 2023 are now closed

The Youth Advisory Panel will provide strategic advice to the CEO of GCA on youth engagement to drive the adaptation agenda. Additionally, the Panel will contribute to the mission of GCA’s Youth Leadership Program, which is to mobilize the next generation of adaptation leaders around the world, empowering young people to make the case for adaptation on the global stage and make their communities more climate resilient through action areas like the Youth Adaptation Network, Youth Advisory Panel, Capacity-building and Adaptation Education, and Training for Young Women Leadership on Adaptation. The Youth Leadership Program also promotes sustainable job creation and entrepreneurship for young people by strengthening entrepreneurial skills development through the YouthADAPT Solutions Challenge.

The 2023 Youth Advisory Panel shall constitute a fourteen (14) member gender-balanced group from Latin America and Caribbean, Asia, Africa, North America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and Oceania.


  • Provide strategic advice to the CEO of GCA through quarterly meetings
  • Provide advice to GCA Program Leads to accelerate adaptation action
  • Provide advice to the GCA Youth Leadership Program activities
  • Strengthen the Youth Adaptation Network (YAN)
  • Foster youth participation in the adaptation agenda

Movement-Building & Advocacy Roles of the Youth Advisory Panel

  • Moderate youth-led and youth-dedicated activities supported by the GCA at regional, national and sub-national stakeholder fora to ensure youth inclusiveness
  • Organize and attend global meetings for youth organizations to foster the youth adaptation movement
  • Represent the Youth Advisory Panel in GCA-led and external convenings, advocating strong and bold commitments for Adaptation Action


The YAN will have a fourteen (14) member Youth Advisory Panel made up of young people who have proven experience in adaptation across GCA’s areas of work. The Youth Advisory Panel will be selected through an open call for applications.

The following criteria will guide the selection of the members of the Youth Advisory Panel:

  • Good knowledge and understanding of the local and regional issues that are relevant to young people on climate adaptation
  • Proven experience on youth leadership on climate adaptation at the regional level
  • Capacity to commit to the Youth Advisory Panel for the required duration
  • Ability to consider a broad range of views that reflect the diversity of youth and the urgency around climate adaptation
  • Engagement with existing regional or international networks and organizations is preferred
  • Capacity to commit 4 hours per week to the Youth Advisory Panel
  • Prior engagement with GCA’s Youth Leadership activities is preferred
  • Applications are open to young people aged between 18 and 35 years old

Period and Meetings

  • Members of the Youth Advisory Panel 2023 will serve voluntarily for a one-year period, from December 2022 until December 2023
  • Attend bi-monthly meetings with the GCA Youth Leadership Program
  • Quarterly advisory meeting with the CEO of the GCA

Selection Process

Applications to the Youth Advisory Panel 2023 are open until 23:59 CEST 2nd October 2022. Applications are open through the application form available at the top of the page.


  • 26th September – 2nd October 2022: Call for Applications
  • 8th December 2022: Presentation of Youth Advisory Panel 2023
  • January – December 2023: Mandate of the Youth Advisory Panel 2023