A week-long training and knowledge sharing workshop “Asia-Pacific Youth Forum on Climate Actions and Mountain Issues” for young people from 17 Asian countries started in Kathmandu on Monday.

The function organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) aims at building the next generation of leadership in sustainable mountain development and climate actions.

The participants include 33 youth from ICIMOD’s regional member countries—Nepal, India, China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Pakistan as well nine from across the wider Asia-Pacific region. 

The event was organized in the backdrop of the upcoming 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December this year and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June 2012 as follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit.

Energy Minister Gokarna Bista, in his inaugural speech, emphasized the need to engage the youth populations in the development process by empowering them with knowledge, skills and resources. He called on the participants to broaden their thinking, improve their understanding of national and global concerns. 

During the workshop, the young people will learn how they might contribute as individual and collective agents of change within the realm of climate change adaption and contribute to ongoing international negotiation. 

The participants will also engage in sustainability leadership exercises, while learning about pertinent issues related to climate change and mountain issues and leading advocacy, sustainability and climate change adaption.

 

Source: MyRepulica | 08 August 2011

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