Updated: Sep 22
Youth Fellows participated in the Youth4Climate: Powering Action event in New York City
On 20 September 2022, youth fellows from Asia representing the Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform (YECAP), Movers Programme and Impact Hub participated in a flagship global event, Youth4Climate: Powering Action in New York co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Italy (Ministry of Ecological Transition) on the occasion of the Opening of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Youth4Climate: Powering Action was convened in the context of UNDP’s renewed partnership with the Government of Italy, as part of the new Youth4Climate initiative launched by UNDP in Italy, in May 2022. The global event had been co-shaped with youth and other strategic partners: Connect4Climate – World Bank Group, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat (UN Climate Change), the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change and YOUNGO, the official children and youth constituency of UNFCCC.
Representing YECAP, Probin Tripura from Tripura indigenous community in Bangladesh and Yuexi Du from China were nominated to join alongside Pengsan Huon from Cambodia representing the Movers Programme and Impact Hub. Both Probin and Pengsan spoke on stage, sharing their stories and the impacts of climate change on their countries and communities. YECAP Fellow, Prajesh Khanal from Nepal and other members on the platform participated virtually. Some official youth delegates attending the UNGA were also present.
The event featured both online and on-site audience, young climate leaders and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, Prime Minister Draghi, Minister Cingolani, ASG Haoliang Xu, the Minister of Environment of Rwanda, the Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the COP27 Presidency Youth Envoy (Egypt), amongst other speakers from the UN, governments, philanthropy and private sector.
Sessions focused on the themes of the Youth4Climate Manifesto, developed in 2021, and youth-led initiatives and impact, partnership-building and funding, climate ambition, climate justice and intergenerational solidarity.
To watch the youth-led Instagram Reels from the event and more content, please visit: www.instagram.com/yecap.ap/
To learn more about Youth4Climate, please visit: www.youth4climate.info/