The Country Consultation on Climate and Youth in Viet Nam was able to convene 30 youth participants ahead of the Asia Regional Dialogue on Climate Justice
Led by the Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform (YECAP) and YECAP Fellows, the Country Consultations are part of the key activities in the lead-up to the Asia Regional Dialogue on Climate Justice for Children, Youth and Future Generations on 28-30 May 2022.
On 29 April 2022, Tuan-Anh Khong, YECAP Fellow, Movers Mentor Coordinator, and Youth Climate Action Network (YNET); Ngoc Vuong, Movers Community Builder and Youth Community Engagement Assistant, UNDP Viet Nam; and Bao-Nam Nguyen, Research Analyst, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) co-led and co-facilitated a virtual Country Consultation on Climate and Youth in Viet Nam.
The consultation began by discussing the perspectives and understanding of youth towards climate justice then invited the youth to brainstorm potential strategies as part of the solutions. Some dialogues were connected to Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force and the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all, including follow-up activities and recovering from COVID-19. Others reflected on the support for indigenous and female youth advocates and ongoing obstacles faced by them.
The participants defined climate justice as fair treatment and inclusion of all stakeholders, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable ones especially when implementing solutions or considering negative effects caused by climate change.
Some of the challenges that they identified and would like to tackle were: education for the public; youth empowerment in injustice communities; and diversifying documentation and campaigning methods of local injustice issues to inform government policies.
As solutions, some of the mentioned advocacy strategies were: establishing social media channels to campaign and report news on climate justice topics; empowering affected communities via climate literacy programmes, capacity-building and sponsorship opportunities; and participating and organizing local, national and community-specific consultations to inform government reports and give voice to the affected youths.
Learn more about the Asia Regional Dialogue on Climate Justice for
Children, Youth and Future Generations: https://bangkok.ohchr.org/adcj2022/