Asia Pacific Graduates Youth concerted on Green Economy

Photo by Nabin Baral/ ICIMOD

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal where graduates youth from different 15 countries, more than 40 participants are gathered together with high number of gender inclusion to discuss on green economy that how youth perceive it and what needs to include in youth agenda  focusing on mountain issues for upcoming global summit. Furthermore, this gathering will help to give elicit notion to participation of regional youth in the globally important meeting of upcoming UNFCCC COP-18.  The main organizer of forum is The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) with co-sponsor of Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB) at the University of Colorado and the Asia Pacific Mountain Network of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), directly and/ or indirectly more than 17 different organizations are involved to bring this event on Kathmandu. Organizers has received more than 1000 of applications from where 40 youth got chance to participate in forum and later from these four will get access to participate in COP 18 that is going to held in 26 November to 7 December 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

On 25 September, opening session followed by technical session in the conference hall of ICIMOD. During opening session, the session was hosted by Mr. Tek Jung Mahat briefing about context, objectives, structure and expectations from the workshop. Mahat has actively advocated for the ‘mountain agenda’ since 2003 and acts as RIO+20 Co-focal and team member of the UNFCCC COP preparation committee at ICIMOD.  Mr. Dhiraj Pradhananga, president of SEN has expressed his opening remarks by stating “youth not only for future leader but these are also activist for sustainable life style, for this reason we have engaged in series of activities for capacity building programs.” Dr. David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD has taken his speech covering on Rio+20 deliberation that “mountain reorganization should be at political level and we need to pressure on them through youth, since youth can translate world that what needs to done in future” he said. Mr. Gregory Pierce, from CCB mentioned that, “it is urgent of issue that how much we are more sensitive towards coastal region impacts from climate change, so mountain also need to recognize in same level of sensitiveness and here under we need to focus on multicultural, multi-disciplinary approach on research regarding climate and water.” Another speaker, Dr. Eklabya Sharma as Director Program Operations, ICIMOD expressed his opinion on mountain as third pole regarding source of ice and glacier and mentioned how to keep them green too future generations? The session was chaired by Prof. Suresh Raj Chalise from SEN and Ms. Anja Moller from ICIMOD shared her vote of thanks to participants, observers and delegents for their active participation. Moreover, she has broadened skills by using social tools for communication and networking “talk to people you has never talked.”

After the lunch, forum was leaded with Technical session where Dr. Golam Rasul shared his presentation covering Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Mountain Perspective. Dr. Bhanskar Singh Karky conveyed his presentation on REDD+ and Forest Carbon, and Dr. MSR Murty on GIS towards Green Economy. The most interesenting technical session was followed by joint effort of Mr. Manjeet Dhakal and Mr. Dipesh Chapagain from Clean Energy Nepal. Dhakal shared overview on UNFCCC’s whole process on global summit and mentioned crucial issues that needs to focused on COP-18 from mountain regions. Similarly, Chapagain shared his knowledge and experience from the field of grassroot level of movement to global one’s. He mentioned, “youth can advocate for climate justice, equity and sustainability which is utmost for mountainous people.” Some misleading and misunderstanding in climate change: adaptation and mitigation process was rectifying the presentation from Prof. Michael H. Glantz. At last, Mr. Utsav Maden shared his nice and effectual presentation on Social Media for Youth Advocacy. The first day of workshop was ended with inception dinner at Nepali Chulo, Lajimpat, Nepal where all the participants have got the opportunities to know each other and share their opinion towards green economy. By the end of this forum will fruitful to develop the capacity of selected Asia-Pacific Youth on green economy, environmental governance and climate change adaptation.

More pictures from the event are available at  Asia Pacific Graduates Youth Forum on Green Economy and Asia Pacific Mountain Network . You can also get regular updates and share your queries by following twitter “#apyf2012”.


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