Afghanistan National Youth Forum on Green Solutions


ICIMOD together with the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock and the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) of the Government of Afghanistan and Kabul University (KU) organized a two-day forum to build the capacity of youth in Afghanistan. The National Youth Forum on Green Solutions in Afghanistan, held 26–27 March, was attended by over 80 trainees, and over 50 other guests joined the opening and closing sessions.

In his opening speech, Ghulam Mohammad Malikyar, Deputy Director General of NEPA, welcomed ICIMOD’s youth initiative to Afghanistan and expressed an interest in joining hands with ICIMOD to build the capacity of the country’s youth and in facilitating university lectures on issues related to mountain development. Prof. Ab Rauf Guhari, Vice-Chancellor of KU expressed satisfaction with ICIMOD’s support to KU through the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) and through this youth initiative.

In a keynote speech, Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, gave an overview sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and noted the significance of emerging environmental issues for the people of Afghanistan. Dr Eklabya Sharma, Director of Programme Operations at ICIMOD, underscored the need to engage youth in advocating mountain issues and taking action at the regional level as well as the country level. Tek Jung Mahat, Knowledge Management and Network Officer at ICIMOD, gave an overview of ICIMOD’s efforts to build the capacity of youth from the region in implementing Rio+20 outcomes. 

Participants attended learning sessions led by local experts on climate change, low carbon development, and environmental management in Afghanistan. A World Café helped participants to prioritize key environmental issues in Afghanistan. ICIMOD aims to build on the experiences and needs shared during the event to help develop more events in Afghanistan.