Youth summit on climate change

KATHMANDU: Various youth organisations from South Asian countries are going to organise South Asian Summit on Climate Change for four days beginning September 3 in Kathmandu.

Talking to The Himalayan Times, Abhishek Shrestha, communication coordinator, SAYSoCC, said Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology had accredited them for the summit.

Shrestha said that Nepalese Youth for Climate Action, Clean Energy Nepal, Indian Youth Climate Network, Bangladesh Youth Climate Network, Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network and, an international campaign on climate change, are coming together to discuss on the global concern and the role of youths to mitigate its effects. “South Asia is the most vulnerable region in the world to climate change,” he said. Home to a fifth of the world’s population, the region has 40 per cent poor population.

Youths are the ultimate bearer of climate change in the future therefore it is the responsibility of youths today to take action against the issue, he stated.

The summit is expected to come up with a vision of South Asian youths and plan of action for the participating countries.

“We will submit the South Asian Youth Declaration on Climate Change to Environment Ministry in participating South Asian countries as well as International Performance Computing and Communication Conferences,” he stated.