Youth Engagement at ICIMOD

Since it began in 2009, the global membership of the Youth Engagement in Sustainable Mountain Development (Y4SMD) initiative has grown to 5,000 members, a majority of which are from ICIMOD’s regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. In 2010, ICIMOD started organizing forums for young professionals in member countries to build the technical capacity and leadership skills of youth in the region as well as to enhance their knowledge on the most burning issues in mountain development. The Asia-Pacific Youth Forum on Climate Actions and Mountain Issues in 2011 and the Asia Pacific Graduates' Youth Forum on Green Economy in 2012 were expanded to include the entire Asia-Pacific region, and the Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Sustainable Actions in 2012 held in conjunction with the Rio+20 summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, included participants from around the globe. To complement the Rio+20 process, in 2012 and 2013 ICIMOD organized a series of National Youth Forums on Green Solutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan, ran awareness campaigns in Nepal, Pakistan, and other countries by mobilizing local youth initiatives and ICIMOD Youth Ambassadors. In 2013, ICIMOD organized the Asia Pacific Youth Forum 2013 on Mountain Issues and Post 2015 Development Agenda in Kathmandu, which brought together more than 40 participants including young scientists, early career professionals, young politicians, and youth initiative leaders from the region to develop their knowledge on mountain issues and the Post-2015 Development Agenda as an input towards global processes on the development of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

ICIMOD has partnered with more than two dozen regional, national, and global institutes in promoting youth activities and have organized several e-conferences, Climate Cafés, knowledge sharing workshops, the Earth Debate, and capacity building events, and promoted networking-advocacy on the sidelines of important international events. Some youth ambassadors were sent to the Rio+20 conference in Brazil, the UNFCCC COP 18 in Doha, and the 2nd Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum in Bangkok to advocate for mountain issues in the context of ongoing debates on sustainable development and climate change adaptation.

ICIMOD's Youth Forum Timeline: 

  

ICIMOD's Youth Forum Timeline: 

  

Other Major Youth Activities:

  • 2009: Cosponsored First South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change, 3-6 September 2009, Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • 2009: Beginning of the youth for Sustainable Mountain Development (Y4SMD) initiative at ICIMOD, with launch of the special report ‘The Young Can Do!’, 12 August 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2009: E-discussion on The Young Can Do! Let's Protect Forests with Our Hands, 29 April to 27 May 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal

  

Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training Workshop 2014

  

 Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)

  

Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)