What has been happening surrounding the Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign? See below!
- Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021, July 2021
Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021 (APCW 2021) was convened to take the pulse of climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities, and showcase ambitious solutions. Its sessions focused on priorities identified earlier in the year at the Virtual Regional Roundtables and the outcomes will be carried forward to the Ministerial Sessions later in the year. It was an opportunity for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to COP 26.
The ESCAP Youth Voices for Climate Action (YV4CA) community contributed the APCW 2021 sessions on "Making Peace with Nature," and "Youth as Solutions Makers for Climate Resilience." In addition, YV4CA provided a video (below) for the Action Hub with a call from regional youth for climate action and, particularly, for climate education and awareness raining for students and youth at the national level.
- Understanding the Impact of Climate Change, Disasters, and Crisis on Food Security, June 2021
This webinar was an effort towards capacity building among youth regarding the impact of climate change on food security as well as steps to tackle and lead a sustainable lifestyles through building resilience, knowledge, and understanding of the crisis of food security. This webinar was hosted by the Youth 4 Climate Action Project (Y4CAP) with support from YV4CA and YFEED Foundation.
- COVID-19 Related Responses Upholds Young People's Human Rights, May 2021
As part of its aim in supporting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Youth 4 Climate Action Project (Y4CAP) hosted a webinar on human rights and youth with support from YV4CA, UNFPA, and UNOHCHR. See more...
- Teach The Future Campaign, April 2021
The Youth 4 Climate Action Project team (Y4CAP), consisting of YV4CA advocates Pallawish Kumar and Karishma Devi Kumar among others, delivered a successful workshop to over 1,000 students at Tilak High School in Fiji to raise awareness on climate change, marine ecosystems, the Sustainable Development Goals, and leadership. In continuation of the awareness campaign on good environmental practices, a sandalwood planting exercise was also conducted at the school.
"Climate education is a necessary foundation for them [young people] to understand and help tackle the complex issue of climate change. Many will become leaders with the skills, knowledge, and passion to push for and develop innovative solutions."
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Photo: Y4CAP Founder Pallawish Kumar ; Credit: Y4CAP
- Enviro-Webinar, Temp-Check: Status of Climate Change amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, February 2021
Credit: Asia-Pacific Climate Project
- UN75 Asia Youth Dialogue: Youth Voices for Climate Action, September 2020
Celebrating its 75th year of existence, the United Nations is launching the greatest global conversation of the world this year, encouraging all stakeholders to engage in dialogues on the importance of global cooperation in creating the future we aspire.
Seizing this opportunity, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign intend to bring all the young people across the Asia-Pacific region to voice out their visions and discuss the world they wanted to see when the United Nations turns 100 years old. The youth dialogue also aims to provide a platform for young people to share their challenges, best practices, and experiences in addressing the issues of climate change and environmental degradation.
- Webinar, Climate Emergency: YOUth Action - "Will there be enough food?", August 2020
YV4CA partners from Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre hosted a virtual panel discussion in observance of the Climate Action Week of Singapore, to enhance the opportunities for different stakeholders to exchange and share ideas and best practices in response to climate change and food security issues. There, YV4CA Advocate Nidhi Pant was one of the distinguished speakers.
- United Nations International Youth Day 2020, August
To celebrate international Youth Day 2020, YV4CA was honored to support its partner organization Youthink's webinar introducing new youth initiatives for the SDGs and COIVD recovery. Watch the webinar recording here!
Credit: Youthink Center
- Youth Voices for Climate Action WeChat Survey, May 2020
YV4CA's partners at Youthink Center launched a WeChat version of the YV4CA survey for broad reach in China.
Credit: Youthink Center
- Workshop: Climate Change and its Effects, March 11, 2020
Conducted by YV4CA partner organization Youth Foundation of Bangladesh, the Climate Change and its Effects Workshop and Open Discussion Session was organized with Khulna University students in Bangladesh as part of an awareness and capacity building campaign under the Climate Action Campaign Tracker (CACT) program by the Youth Foundation of Bangladesh in support of the Youth Voices for Climate Action (YV4CA) campaign.
The program created awareness for climate change and its effects, climate action, and to strengthened the ideas of youth via interactive discussion. At the workshop, dozens of youth completed the YV4CA survey and submitted written statements that can be found here.
Photo Credit: Youth Foundation of Bangladesh
- COP 25, December 2019
The Youth Voices for Climate Action (YV4CA) campaign was honored to be represented by Chinese actress Zheng Shuan at the High-level event on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) on December 10, 2019 at COP 25. There, Ms. Zheng Shuan highlighted the leading role of ESCAP in creating a safe platform for young people in the Asia-Pacific to share their stories on the impact of the global climate emergency in their lives and their ideas for stronger climate action. “Climate education and advocacy is the foundation of climate action and ESCAP's Youth Voices for Climate Action Campaign is empowering youth to learn, advocate and take actions on climate change” she said. Zheng, together with Youthink Center of Beijing, pledged to engage many youth for the Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign.
Above: Zheng Shuan at the ACE High-level event at COP 25; Photo Credit: Rosa Castañeda
Below: Zheng Shuan (center right) stands with YV4CA partner Alex Wang (right), Secretary General of Youthink Center, and Stefanos Fotiou (center left), Director of the Envrionment and Development Division of ESCAP. Credit: Rosa Castañeda
Credit: Rosa Castañeda, all photos
- Asia-Pacific Climate Week, September 2019
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, YV4CA was introduced to Thailand's Lilly Satidtanasarn and her peers. Lilly is one of Thailand's most proactive 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 here.
Lilly takes the YV4CA survey with her peer.
Saffran Mihnar, YV4CA Advocate from the Earthlanka Network, launches the campaign at the Action Hub.
Nikki Liu, representing Youthink Center, speaks during the launch.
YV4CA Advocate Eshaan Menon, winner of UNITL's "Reboot the Earth" hackathon, presents his ideas.
Credit: ESCAP, all photos
- 7th Asian Youth Forum, August 2019
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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Below: An interested forum participant learns about the YV4CA campaign at the exhibition booth; Credit: Youth Voices for Climate Action