NYCA have organized three national youth climate summit in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and regional youth summits in all major regional cities focusing on awaring and empowering diverse youth and youth groups. Same as NYCA have successfully organized 1st South Asian youth summit on climate change in 2009 in Nepal. These national youth summits were instrumental in bringing Nepalese youths together to discuss on climate change and sustainable development issues, sensitize them for climate action and collectively push local and central governments to mainstream climate change in development process and planning. Young people of Nepal have identified the emergent need of youth involvement in climate action. Youth have both special concerns & responsibilities in relation to the environment and will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elder. So, the children and youth engagement is prior need for us. This year Government of Nepal together with Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) organizing 8th Conference on Community- Based Adaptation to Climate Change.
The Community Based Adaptation (CBA) is an approach to adaptation to climate change, which are community-based and participatory, building on the priorities, knowledge, and capacities of local people. It provides information and concrete examples on potential impacts of climate change and mitigative measures which are location specific and community managed (Source: Community Action Global Impact).
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of youth participation against climate change, calling them “agents of change”. Children and young people are concerned with the increasing threat posed by rising global carbon emissions and the changing climate. Many are already experiencing the impacts of the changing global environment in their communities. Not only do young people have a right and a need to tackle climate change, they also have much to contribute. As they live and play in their communities they often gain unique insights into the local environment, its strengths, weaknesses, and the ways in which it is changing. In addition, young people are often creative and open-minded in their problem solving: they have energy, commitment and initiative to take action to reduce the impact of climate change and to prepare to face emergencies.
To address this, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action together with Clean Energy Nepal, Plan Nepal, Unicef, World Vision and Save the Children has come up with idea of National Youth Conference on Climate Change with involvement of youth and children. The conference will be organizing parallel with CBA8 to be held from 27th to 29th April 2014, Kathmandu.
Who can be the part of this conference?
- Around 100 Youth and children of age group 14 to 29 representing educational institutions, organizations or groups working or interested to work on environment, climate change and sustainable development issues
- Young researcher, teachers, social activist and media personnel
- Those individual who can produce changes not just in their own behavior but in their working environment (with leadership potential)are encouraged to apply.
- Must have the commitment to share their or their community story with other participants and partners
- Participation of enthusiastic young people are more encouraged to apply
For further information:
Nepalese Youth for Climate Action
Clean Energy Nepal P. O. Box. No: 24581140 Bulbule Marga, Thapagaun, Kathmandu, Nepal Tel: 977-1-4464981 Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.nyca.net.np or may contact Mr. Rajan Thapa 9841661146, Ms. Naameta Nepal 9849929640 and Mr. Lalmani Wagle 9841851824