Youth Voices for Climate Action Campaign

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About the Campaign

The Youth Voices for Climate Action (YV4CA) campaign serves as a platform for youth in the Asia-Pacific region to make their voices heard on climate action and empower them take charge. 

This is your campaign!

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.

YV4CA’s overarching goals are to:

  • Enhance youth participation for the implementation of the National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and SDGs

  • Influence climate action at the grassroots and national level by building the capacity and empowering young people.

  • Analyse the needs for mitigation and adaptation and enable the requisite resources to harness the innovation of youth led-initiatives for climate action.  

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. Last, you can apply through us to join the campaign as a YV4CA Advocate! Scroll down for detail on YV4CA Advocates.  

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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!

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 make use of our campaign’s platform to launch or brand your own climate action campaign or initiative. 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. Also, Advocates are not limited to direct climate action initiatives; they can assume ambassadorial roles as promoters of the campaign.

For more details, including how to apply, 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.

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Faces of YV4CA 

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!



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Anna Sriratanasomboon, Thailand



Akaraphum Pisanwanich, Thailand

Akaraphum is a project manager for Earth Day Network Thaialnd.



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 a young professional 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!



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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 11-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, 20-27 September 


As an initiative of 350.org, millions of people will walk out of their workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels this September.

The Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign encourages young people to participate in or organize a Climate Strike and for others to support these efforts. Please feel free to share your involvement in any Climate Strike in the Asia-Pacific with the hashtag #APyouth4climate


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Find a Climate Strike Near You!


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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 or reach out to escap-yv4ca@un.org


YV4CA Partners

SDG Help Desk         EarthLanka           youthink center

 

youth4sdgEarth Day Network      Global Climate Justice