YOUTH ASPIRATIONS & CLIMATE URGENCY

A conversation on the hopes and demands of grassroots activists in a world threatened by climate crisis

An HLPF 2019 Side Event

11 July 2019

14:00 to 15:30 Hrs.

Commonwealth Joint Office

685 Third Avenue, Suite 1102,

New York, NY 11017

About the event

The event brings young people into a conversation about their hopes and aspirations in a world that is threatened by the adverse effects of climate change. The event is a platform for youngsters to discuss and explore how they are responding physically, emotionally and economically in a world that is facing temperature rise that will lead to extreme weather events with the potential to wreak havoc on their futures.  It will also address the need for climate mitigation through agriculture by enhancing sustainable livelihoods and the importance of household food and nutrition security. Through this event, they look forward to building partnerships across geographies, ideologies, race, gender and beliefs for building youth resilience towards climate change, and to ensure that the voice and participation of the young inform decision making at all levels.

OBJECTIVES

  • Involving young people on decision making for a sustainable future
  • Capacity building on physical and mental resilience towards climate change
  • Understanding why young people have lost hope and confidence in global leadership
  • Discuss capacity building for climate resilience through sustainable agriculture
  • Address the needs of young people from least developed countries and small island developing states
  • Underline strategies for reducing risks posed to them due to rising temperatures and sea levels

OUTCOMES

  • Greater emphasis on increasing participation, including youth in global decision making
  • Enumerate the best practices for resilience and increase adaptive capacities of youth towards adverse effects of climate change
  • Accentuate the strengthening of societal structures necessary for physical and mental well-being amongst young people
  • Underline the need for climate mitigation through sustainable agriculture
  • Consolidation of civil society relationships, alliances, and networks from around the world, specifically including young people to work towards greater participation in realizing the goals of SDG 13

Speakers

September Kelokelo
Papua New Guinea

September Kelokelo from Papua New Guinea has graduated with a Diploma in Electronics Technology. The current changes in weather patterns, which are causing unexpected environmental effects that especially threaten small islands, has driven her to get actively involved in environmental issues. 

Santiago Corrales
Panama

Santiago Corrales is a student at Don Bosco Technical Insitute, Panama City, Panama. He is presently the president of the Eco Club in the institute. He stronly believes that “we need a human heart to take care of God’s creation.” He is working to bring people together as a team to address the many environmental issues he is locally facing in Panama. 

Rebecca Petz
Germany

Rebecca Petz is currently studying for the master program in ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’ in Germany. She has been researching the impact of climate change on natural resources, and how this leads to conflict. Rebecca firmly believes that climate change is impacting the future of young people, and hence, governments and large industrial companies must be held accountable for their inaction. 

Abigail Gyabaa
Ghana

Abigail Gyabaa is from Ghana. Africa is a ‘young’ continent’ and Abigail is keenly aware that climate change is negatively impacting the possibilities and opportunities available to young people in Africa. She is a member of Don Bosco Youth Network West Africa (DBYN) and is actively engaged in addressing environmental concerns. 

William Keyah
Ghana
William Keyah, is from Kenya. He currently works across the East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan in promotion of Sustainable Agriculture among small holder marginalized households. He is a small holder farmer, passionate about sustainable agriculture and concerned about climate change effects natural resources, and how this leads to conflict. 
Savio Silveira
India

Fr. Savio Silveira SDB is a passionate environmentalist and an expert in environmental education.  A staunch supporter of Laudato Si’, he firmly believes that “caring for our common home” should be a key global priority.  In the typical Salesian manner, he focuses on getting young people involved in environmental action. As Convener of the Don Bosco Green Alliance, he provides strategic leadership and works at building up the alliance.

Program Schedule

WELCOME

H.E. Mr. Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Samoa

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

H.E. The Most Reverend Bernardito Auza

Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Fr. Savio Silveira, SDB

Founder, Don Bosco Green Alliance

PANELISTS

September Kelokelo, Environmental Activist, Papua New Guinea

Santiago Corrales, President, Eco Club ITDB, Panama

Rebecca Petz, Student Researcher, Germany

Abigail Gyabaa, Don Boscy Youth Network – West Africa, Ghana

William Keyah, Sustainable Agricultural Practitioner and Trainer, Kenya

OPEN HOUSE

RECOMMENDATIONS AND WAY FORWARD

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Organisers

Partners & Supporters