8 December 2011: ICIMOD and ‘Youth Engagement on Climate Change & Rio+20 Processes’ at COP17 in Durban

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The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Major Group on Children and Youth (UNCSD-MGCY) and British Council International Climate Champions – Sri Lanka, together with other climate activists, UNCSD heads and youth climate ambassadors organised a side event on Youth Engagement on Climate Change & Rio+20 Processes in Durban on 8 December 2011 as part of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The side event was useful in bringing together global youth attending the COP17 meeting to debate a future course of action in preparation for the Rio+20 meeting next year and the ongoing climate discourse. Moderated by Mr Tek Jung Mahat, Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN)/ ICIMOD, the side event panellists included Dr Henry de Cazotte, Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UNCSD (Rio+20); Mr Brice Lalonde and Ms Kiara Worth, representatives of the MGCY/ Youth Caucus ; Mr Nimo Bassey, Nigerian environmental activist; Mr Jamie Peterf, YOUNGO Bottom Lining Tem/ UK Youth Climate Coalition; Mr Sikander Sabeer, British Council Climate Champion – Sri Lanka; and Mr Hemantha Withanage, a leading Sri Lankan climate activist.