Youth Voices for Climate Action Campaign

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About the Campaign

The Youth Voices for Climate Action (YV4CA) campaign serves as an inclusive platform for youth in the Asia-Pacific region to make their voices heard on climate action. By making your voice heard on this critical issue, you can inspire others to do the same and move policy makers in your country to accelerate climate action.

The overarching goals of YV4CA, which are aligned with the ActNow UN campaign, are to create a space for young people to:

  • share views on how climate change is impacting young people’s lives;
  • showcase grassroots initiatives making positive impact for all;
  • make decision-makers aware of young people’s needs for urgent climate action


This is your campaign!

How to join?

To start, take the YV4CA survey (don't worry, it's short!) and or submit a statement (details below). Next, you can adopt the campaign by sharing it among your network, exponentially increasing your impact. Finally, you can apply through us to join the campaign as a YV4CA Advocate! Scroll down for details on YV4CA Advocates.  

 

 


Take the Survey   

How does climate change impact you? What climate actions does your government need to take? Let the world know!

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Submit a Statement

Make your voice heard! Submit a statement expressing your opinions, ideas, and concerns surrounding the imperative need for climate action in your home country and beyond.

You are encouraged to share a statement on social media. Simply tag your social media post or video with #APyouth4climate, it's that easy!

Also you can send us a short, one sentence quote along with your photo, name, and country by filling out this form, and it can be featured on this site as a quote card.

Alternatively, you can submit an official video or written statement using the buttons below. 
 

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Become a Campaign Advocate

By becoming a YV4CA Advocate, you can formally adopt the campaign by spreading it and assisting in collecting youth voices from your country. In addition, you can make use of our campaign’s platform to feature and brand your own climate action campaign or initiatives. In addition, by joining YV4CA as an Advocate, you will have a direct line to other Advocates and YV4CA partner organizations from across the Asia-Pacific. 

Apply to become a YV4CA Advocate here!

For any questions, contact us (scroll down for the contact information).   


Meet the YV4CA Advocates

Saffran Mihnar, Sri Lanka

 

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Saffran is a youth advocate focused on communication, campaigning, and negotiations with the ability to strategically identify, devise and implement solutions to global development.

He works in empowering young people in the field of climate change and sustainable development. While having been engaged in the process for more than five years, he has contributed to the national and international youth platforms and communication at UNFCCC Sessions since COP21 as well as several other international conferences & workshops such as One Planet Summit, European Conference on Science Journalism, EuroScience Open Forums and High-level Meeting on “Climate and Sustainable Development for All.”

Saffran has also been awarded as the most outstanding global leader for the success and contribution towards Global Youth Power Campaign launched by Restless Development.

He currently serves as the director for development and communication for a youth-led organization named EarthLanka Youth Network. 

Read one of Saffran's latest article here.
 



Connect with Saffran: 

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Voices of YV4CA 

From Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019


Asia-Pacific Climate Week: Snapshots 



Anna Sriratanasomboon, Thailand



Akaraphum Pisanwanich, Thailand

Akaraphum is a project manager for Earth Day Network Thailand.



Ashley Yong, Malaysia

Ashley is a Youth Representative of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. Her work focuses on youth, gender, and environment. She is particularly passionate about SDG 13 and SDG 14.



Chhoeun Chanboramy, Cambodia

Chhoeun recently volunteered to support Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.



Eshaan Menon, Malaysia

Eshaan is a Youth Advisory Council Member for Asia for the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). Formerly, during his term as Youth Program Director at the United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) Youth, he focused on expanding the reach of UNAM Youth through a digital membership platform as well as campus activities such as fundraisers and Town Halls. Most recently, Eshaan was a winner of the Reboot the Earth, a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis.



Jacky Jaroenmoon, Thailand

Jacky recently volunteered to support Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.



Jeta Jiranuntarat, Thailand



John Leo Algo, Philippines

John is a young professional in the field of environmental science and management. His interests include air quality, climate change, environmental modelling, governance and policies, and urban development. Hear his thoughts on climate action below!
 



Jongsuwat Angsuvarnsiri, Thailand

Jongsuwat is from Thailand where he heads SAC Art Center, a not-for-profit platform for young and emerging artists to have a platform to showcase their works.



Liu Lele, China

Liu recently volunteered to support Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.



Partha Hazarika, India



Pratibha Pant, Nepal

Pratibha is a young professional from Nepal.



Punyapha Visavakornvisisd, Thailand

Punyapha Visavakornvisisd runs the environmental awareness-raising organization YouthEN in Thailand.




Risa Sayama, Thailand



Terachet Rojrachsombat, Thailand

Terachet is a passionate advocate for climate action from Thailand. He has been involved with Climate Strike Thailand.



Tharun Sathya Duvoor, India



Yi Yeung, Hong Kong

Yi Yeung is a public information and marketing intern at ReliefWeb, UN OCHA. Hear his thoughts on climate action below!



Group Statement

 

From Climate Strike Bangkok 2019

*The UN does not sponsor or endorse the Climate Strikes.

Namitha Kuttiparambil & Annie Kukreja, India 


Jamie Lohwithee & Chalisn Phetdong, Thailand

 

From UNESCAP

*These statements are made in a personal capacity and are not representative of the views of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) nor does UNESCAP endorse these statements.


Lyutong Cai, China

Lyutong is a young Technical Assistant with UNESCAP's Statistics Division in Bangkok, Thailand. There, she works with Ocean Accounts and is passionate about linking SDG 13: Climate Action with SDG 14: Life Below Water. Hear Lyutong's thoughts on climate action in her interview below!


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Sunghwan Park, Republic of Korea

Sunghwan is an intern with UNESCAP’s Environment and Development Division in Bangkok, Thailand. He is working for the Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth (SINGG) project which aims to strengthen the member states’ capacity in dealing with the climate change issues and to foster green growth in the region. Hear Sung's inputs on climate action in his interview below!




Songwhan Park
 

I am Climate Justice Community 

 

See the real faces and stories of youth advocates from the Community of YV4CA partner organization I Am Climate Justice


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News and Updates

7th Asian Youth Forum


The YV4CA campaign made its first appearance at the 7th Asian Youth Forum (AYF), held from August 12-14, 2019 at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Metro Manila, Philippines. See some unique youth voices from AYF below.
 

Climate actions: what are youth doing for climate change

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Views from the AYF

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Below: An interested forum participant learns about the YV4CA campaign at the exhibition booth. 

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Asia-Pacific Climate Week


The YV4CA campaign made its first regional engagement during Asia-Pacific Climate Week from September 2-6, 2019. There, the YV4CA team engaged with many interested participants throughout the course of the week. 

The campaign was officially announced during the Action Hub on Wednesday, September 4th in collaboration with YV4CA's partners from Earthlanka, Youthink Center, and UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL).

At the exhibition space, it was also an honor to introduce YV4CA to Thailand's 12-year-old Lilly Satidtanasarn and her peers. Lilly is one of Thailand's most famous young environmental advocates and has played a role in reducing single-use plastics in her country!

At the closing of Climate Week, UNFCCC's Deputy Executive Secretary Ovais Sarmad made reference to the role of youth for climate action, including his generation's moral obligation to ensure that their future is safe and secure.  

You can see a compilation of youth statements from Climate Week under "Faces of YV4C" above.
 

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Lilly takes the YV4CA survey with her peer.
 

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Saffran Mihnar, YV4CA Advocate from the Earthlanka Network, launches the campaign at the Action Hub.
 

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Nikki Liu, representing Youthink Center, speaks during the launch.
 

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Eshaan Menon, winner of UNITL's "Reboot the Earth" hackathon, presents his ideas.

 

Global Climate Strike


*The UN does not sponsor or endorse the Climate Strikes.

climate strikeAs an initiative of 350.org, hundreds of thousands of people walked out of their workplaces and homes from September 20-27, 2019 to join young climate strikers on the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Please feel free to share your involvement in any Climate Strike in the Asia-Pacific with the hashtag #APyouth4climate.

For example, on 20 September 2019, Climate Strike Thailand (run by the young Nanticha “Lynn” Ocharoenchai) and Grin Green International organized and led a strike in Bangkok, Thailand.  Around 200 climate action advocates, with a very strong youth constituency, took to the streets and peacefully marched to the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment where they delivered statements. Lynn and Thailand’s prominent Ralyn “Lilly” Satidtanasarn, a 12-year old environmental activist from Bangkok, were among those who spoke on behalf of the strikers.  

For other youth voices from the strike, see the Global Climate Strike interviews under the tab “Faces of YV4CA”.

 

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Above and Below: Lilly Satidtanasarn

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Below: strikers gather at the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment

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Young UN Climate Action


-November 2019

Young UN


As a model institution, the UN strives to walk the talk. So, do you want to influence stronger climate action within the UN System? Well, we have good news for you!

Young UN, a network of young United Nations professionals, has just launched an online platform for input, feedback and discussion: Young UN Climate Action padlets.

This platform will serve to enable dialogue and collaboration among colleagues and experts, gather examples of best practices, and co-design stronger policies and actions for UN offices around the world. 

For this to work, they need YOU! 

For each of the 10 action points, you will find a 'Padlet' (like a digital black board) on which you can:

easily enter comments, thoughts and ideas, documents, media files and images;

comment on other people's inputs, and engage in conversations;

"like" people's comments to show agreement.

Anyone can join (even without registering/creating an account) and can comment anonymously if they wish (although they prefer that it’s not anonymous).

Please also complete the Google Form on the homepage of the platform to indicate which action points you would be interested in working more closely on, and we may contact you to participate in future dialogue, initiatives or events. 


Learn More About Climate Action

For a brief background and overview on climate action, see here. Likewise, for a brief background and overview on climate finance, see here

Central to climate action is the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement builds off of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and, for the first time brings all nations together into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. To learn more about the Paris Agreement, see here. Meanwhile, at the heart of the Paris Agreement are the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. For more information on the NDCs, see here.   

Working in tandem with the Paris Agreement are the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In case you are unfamiliar with the SDGs, you can find out more here.  Climate action is represented by the SDG 13: Climate Action. You can learn more about SDG 13 here

Additional information on SDG 13 can be found by clicking on the links to the various dedicated organizational pages below:

Climate action links

 


Contact

For any questions regarding the YV4CA campaign, including how you or your organization can become involved, fill out the contact form here.


YV4CA Partners

Interested in partnering with Youth Voices for Climate Action? Fill out the Partner form here

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