Call for applications for the Asia Pacific Graduates' Youth Forum on Green Economy


Call for the applications has now ended.

Please visit the APYF 2012 website here.

Through its Asia-Pacific Mountain Network (APMN), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been engaging youth and building their capacity to bring about positive changes in society through several different initiatives. Since it began in 2009, the global membership of the Youth Engagement in Sustainable Mountain Development (Y4SMD) initiative has grown to 2,000 members, a majority of whom are from ICIMOD’s regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. In 2010, ICIMOD started organizing youth forums in member countries to build the technical capacity and leadership skills of youth in the region as well as enhance their knowledge on the most burning issues in mountain development. In 2011, these forums were expanded to include the entire Asia-Pacific region, and the recent Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Sustainable Actions, held in conjunction with the Rio+20 summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, included participants from around the globe.

Building on the success of these ventures, ICIMOD is now partnering with the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB) at the University of Colorado at Boulder and The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) to bring together young graduates from the region and develop their knowledge on green economy at the second Asia-Pacific youth forum.

The Asia-Pacific Graduates' Youth Forum on Green Economy – to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25–29 September 2012 – will bring together 40 participants from more than 15 countries who are engaged in sustainability issues. With technical support from several leading institutions, the five-day programme will include capacity building and knowledge exchange sessions, leadership exercises, and excursions to nearby environmental projects. 

This forum has been made possible with support from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) under the CAPaBLE Program. It is also supported by the Government of Nepal, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), Small Earth Australia (SEA), and the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Who can apply?                                                                       

Youth between the ages of 18 and 30 from the Asia-Pacific region with an academic or a professional degree in related fields are eligible to apply. Those with demonstrated leadership in the green economy sector are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Partial funding (including round-trip airfare and local expenses) is available for deserving candidates from the Asia-Pacific region. Funding details are available upon request.


The names of selected participants will be posted here, and Facebook page. Selected participants will also be notified via email.    

Selected participants will be required to present a copy of their valid passport/national identity card from their stated country of origin. Inability to do so will result in disqualification from the programme.

How to Apply? 

Please click here for the application form. 

Deadline for Application

17 August 2012

For further information, please write to:

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