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Asia Pacific Youth Forum 2016 : Youth and Mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals




ICIMOD, Kathmandu

Date & Time

27 September 2016 to 30 September 2016


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) engages young professionals and builds their capacity to bring about positive changes in society through several initiatives.

Building on the success of these initiatives, ICIMOD is organizing the Asia Pacific Youth Forum 2016 (#APYF2016), which will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 27-30 September 2016. The event will bring together young professionals, including scientists, early career professionals, young politicians and youth initiative leaders from the region, and will develop their knowledge on mountains and climate change issues with a focus on the role of youth in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As active agents of change in local communities, young people have an effective role in engaging people on a grassroots level and are instrumental in communicating SDGs to the wider public. The APYF2016 aims to foster networking among young researchers for better collaboration, integration and innovation in sustainable mountain development in realizing the SDGs. With technical support from several leading institutions, the four-day programme will include capacity building and knowledge exchange sessions, leadership exercises and excursions to nearby environmental projects.

This forum is made possible with support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) under its Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Collaboration (SMD4GC) programme and ICIMOD.

Who can apply?

  • Youth between the ages of 23 and 32 from the Asia-Pacific region with an academic or a professional degree in related fields are eligible to apply.
  • Youth with demonstrated leadership in sustainable development issues working with governmental and non-governmental organizations are strongly encouraged to apply

Application deadline 14 August 2016


  • Selected participants will be provided with international airfare, accommodation, food and local transport as applicable.

Selection Process

  • All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Only successful applicants will be notified by 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.

Please submit your application through the online form. If you have problems in submitting the form or have questions specific to the forum, please write to the event focal point, Smita Ghimire, at youthmedi[at]icimod.org