The Roles of Youth to Provide Easy Choice of Climate Actions

A session by The Office of the President’s Special Envoy on Climate Change

Date : Friday, 10 November 2017
Time : 12.30 – 14.00
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP 23, Bonn Zone, Number A02, Bonn, Germany



The impacts of environmental degradation have been experienced in various places on earth, and will continue to worsen in the years to come. It is becoming more obvious and putting more pressure to act immediately. Young people will experience the climate change impacts much more severe and more often in their adult life in the future.

It makes sense to say that the young generation today are faced with a fact that their future will depend on the scale and ambitions of actions taken today. It is therefore important to engage adolescents and youth to take a bigger role in contributing to sustainable development. It is logically and morally fair and necessary to involve youth in the development of climate policy.

At the same time, youth constitute the majority of the population in many countries and have an increasingly strong social and environmental awareness, which has the power to transform our societies towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.

Youth are the agents of change today. Efforts need to focus on working with and for youth, especially those of youth leaders, towards sustainable developments. The rapid advancement of information technology and the higher enthusiasm of young generations are the two drivers of massive mobilization of ideas and actions among youth.

If we succeed to inspire youth to have high aspirations towards sustainable and green lifestyle and improve their skills and capacities on environmentally friendly technologies and clean energy, we will have better hope that their future can be made better. We need to find a way to channel these aspirations into a policy by providing platforms and opportunities to involve youth in the decision-making process and climate actions.

There are key questions that wish to be answered from the session:

  1. What are the challenges of involving youth on the development of climate policy and actions on national scale?
  2. What are the best practices to tackle those challenges?
  3. What are the most effective way to replicate those best practices to other nations or regions to increase participation of youth on climate policy development and accelerate climate actions?



The objectives of this session are to share information related to:

  • Discuss key challenges in each region represented by the participants on their activities to mainstream climate change in the local national policy development.
  • Discuss climate change actions and best practices from each region.
  • Discuss and identify suitable platform to replicate youth movement to other regions


Expected Result

A report draws from the session’s objective which will include: key challenges of youth to be involved in climate policy and actions; best practices from different countries; recommendations on platforms to replicate best practices to other nations.



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