Asia Pacific Graduates Youth Forum on Green Economy

About

Asia Pacific Graduates’ Youth Forum on Green Economy
Kathmandu, Nepal
25 – 29 September 2012

The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB) at INSTAAR at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) are organizing the ‘Asia Pacific Graduates’ Youth Forum on Green Economy’ in Kathmandu, Nepal from 25-29 September 2012.

Funded under the CAPaBLE Program of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), this forum will involve 40 youth who are engaged in sustainability issues from the wider Asia-Pacific region. The five-day program will contain capacity building and knowledge exchange sessions, leadership exercises and excursions to nearby environmental projects.

The forum is also supported by the Government of Nepal, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), the US Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the Small Earth Australia (SEA) and the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Background

Unsustainable human activities are causing serious threats to the entire living world, including to humans themselves. Climate change is perhaps at this point the best known example of such threats. The impacts of climate change are being felt on every part of the earth and are directly related to human interactions with the environment.

At the same time, the earth is yearly under mounting stress due to explosive growths in populations that are demanding more and more energy resources, engaging in ever more unsustainable production and consumption patterns, suffering the consequences of inequitable and non-uniform distributions of wealth and languishing within ineffective governance structures. Inequalities in gender and generational access as well as growing differences in terms of impacts and response capacities are only adding to the challenges faced by a global humanity that is increasingly divided along lines of have and have not. Only aggravating these problems, poverty has become a vicious reality for the majority of inhabitants of the Asia-Pacific Region, where more than 80% of the world’s poor live.

Rio+20, held in the summer of 2012 twenty years after the original Earth Summit brought the environment to the fore as a global policy issue, has provided a new platform for the global community to overcome current challenges and recommend long-lasting solutions to sustainable development issues. Decisions made now will have direct implications for the next generation of policymakers, the youth of today who will in a few short years be the main actors in framing and implementing the policies of the future. As such, to secure a more liveable, less tenuous tomorrow, youth empowerment today is essential.

About the Event

The Asia-Pacific Graduates’ Youth Forum on Green Economy, to be held from 25-29 September 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a regional workshop focused on capacity building for youth leaders from the Asia- Pacific Region who are dedicated to and engaged in sustainability issues. The five-day program will include capacity building and knowledge exchange sessions, leadership exercises and excursions to nearby environmental projects. The workshop aims to provide a forum at which ideas and experiences necessary in order to achieve sustainability within a green economy can be shared.

Four strongly committed youth workshop participants will also be selected from among the forty participants to represent the region at COP-18 in Doha, Qatar in 2013. The selection of these representatives will be made according to levels of engagement and performance in the workshop. Those selected, in close collaboration with ICIMOD, SEN, CCB and APN, will be tasked with drafting a youth declaration on climate change to be presented to the delegates of COP-18. Once drafted, the declaration will be made available through email and social networks to the public and especially to dedicated youth for further input and amendment. At COP-18, a side event, organized in close collaboration with APN, will be organized by the selected participants to share and discuss regional issues on climate change. The participants selected to represent South-Asian Youth will also share their thoughts daily from the conference through blog updates and discussions on social networks.

Workshop Objectives

  • To develop the capacity of selected Asia-Pacific Youth on green economy, environmental governance and climate change adaptation;
  • To facilitate information and knowledge sharing, networking and advocacy in the Asia-Pacific Region through the establishment of virtual and physical networks of dedicated youth; and
  • To improve participation of regional youth in the globally important meeting of UNFCCC COP-18.

 

 

 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s