National Youth Forum on Green Solutions in Bhutan


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) values the potential role that young people can play in promoting sustainable mountain development in the greater Himalaya region. Through the Youth Engagement in Sustainable Mountain Development (Y4SMD) initiative, ICIMOD has been informing and empowering youth from the Asia Pacific region and building their capacity to bring about positive changes in society. The Y4SMD network is made up of over 4,000 youth from the region and beyond, with a majority from ICIMOD’s eight regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. To date, the Y4SMD initiative has implemented over 48 major youth events, including a Global Youth Forum at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil in June 2012. 

The National Youth Forum on Green Solutions, organized by the Happy Green Cooperative, aims to: 

  • provide a forum for youth from the all over Bhutan to share and discuss the role they can play in addressing climate change challenges and opportunities in Bhutan; 
  • help build the capacity of the next generation of youth leadership in areas such as advocacy, social networking, and youth-led initiatives focused on the mountain agenda, green economy, and the promotion of green solutions; and 
  • help youth interested in mountain issues make existing networks more diverse, vibrant and suitable in the post-Rio+20 context.

Programme highlights

  • Technical and training sessions 
  • Paper presentations and discussions on the role of youth in the emerging green economy in the Hilly Regions of Bhutan
  • Tour of sites that exhibit climate-friendly good practices.

Expected outcomes

  • Youth declaration 
  • Three-year roadmap for youth-led initiatives focused on the Bhutan Himalayas 

For further information from Happy Green Cooperative, please write to:

Sonam Jyamtsho

Sangay Rinchen

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