8-12 August 2011: Asia-Pacific Youth Forum on Mountain Issues Concluded with Adoption of ‘Declaration’ and ‘Position Paper’ on Climate Change and Rio+20

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ICIMOD has organised the largest ever Asia Pacific regional youth gathering on climate change and mountain issues in the context of upcoming Rio+20 through its Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) The gathering, entitled ‘Asia-Pacific Youth Forum on Climate Actions and Mountain Issues, took place from 8-12 August 2011 and was attended by 43 youths from 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region representing a diverse geography, a rich cultural background and a variety of issues. Participation was done through a pool of 1050 applicants representing almost half of the countries in the region. At the Forum participants adopted two important documents prepared in the context of ongoing debates on climate change adaptation and Rio +20 preparation. The ‘Asia Pacific Youth Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development’ and the ‘Asia Pacific Youth Position paper on Rio +20’ both were launched on 12 August amid a special function organised to mark International Youth Day (IYD), the conclusion of the International Year of Youth (IYY 2010/ 2011) and a ‘key message communication’ session of the Youth Forum. 

The event was supported by more than a dozen global and Asia Pacific regional initiatives promoting climate and sustainability actions. These included Rio+ twenties; Road to Rio +20; UN CSD Youth Caucus; 350.0rg; Activating Talent in Sustainability (ACTIS); Adaptation Knowledge Platform (AKP); Asia and the Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN); Eco-Singapore; Peace Child International; Schumacher College UK; Systainability Asia; and UNEP TUNZA. The event was widely covered by national, regional, and global media and Rio+20 stakeholders, including the UNCSD Secretariat and IISD, among others. The Position Paper will be submitted to the UNCSD Secretariat and the Declaration will be widely distributed during relevant events, including UNFCCC COP 17, Rio+20 and during preparatory consultations etc.

Details can be found at: http://www.icimod.org/apyf2011