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January 22, 2021 - Driving Adaptation & Resilience

Climate change, resilience and adaptation: the role of Youth

Climate change adaptation and resilience were the topics at the heart of the Youth4ClimateLiveSeries interactive meeting. The event focused on enhancing the understanding of the role that Youth can play as agents of change in accelerating adaptation and resilience, such as: awareness activities, influencing policy priorities, advocacy, capacity building, mobilization and social enterprises creation.

The event illustrated how in many sectors that need adaptation efforts, young people are actively engaged in adaptation action, for example, through entrepreneurship in the energy and agricultural sectors in urban and rural areas across the globe. In many developing countries, adaptation efforts in local communities are executed by young people in consultation with local government representatives and local traditional leaders. This has also been observed in low, middle and high income countries, where the youth are implementing large scale afforestation projects and other agroforestry initiatives, local weather stations for improved agriculture, drainage constructions and land mapping aimed at reducing the frequency and impacts of floods (and subsequent droughts), while providing livelihood options for their peers.

At the same time, the January episode addressed the issue of adaptation from a novel perspective, such as space observations. Global observing systems, including those from space, play an important role in helping to estimate the threats posed by climate change. Remote sensing can be used for developing early warning and forecasting systems to prepare for, reduce and manage the risk of disasters (i.e., preparing better prediction of cyclone and flood tracks, drought events, fire occurrence), as well as in post-disaster damage detection, and in the emergency response.

During the January 22 meeting, young activists from different parts of the world were asked to provide their inputs on the above topics, including by:

- providing their views on how adaptation and resilience projects and activities they have been involved into and how those helped accelerating adaptation and resilience;

- sharing their own experience in driving youth led adaptation initiatives and ideas on how to enhance the dialogue on climate change with the international community.

High-Level Speakers
Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme;
Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut, European Space Agency.

Youth Speakers
Joshua Amponsem, Founder of Green Africa Youth Organization and Adaptation Fellow at the Global Center on Adaptation, Ghana;
Satrio Wicaksono, Scientist-environmentalist, 2020 Space4Youth Competition Winner, Indonesia;
Joyce Najm Mendez, Social entrepreneur and Board Member of the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR), Brazil.

Moderators
Salina Abraham, outgoing President of the International Forestry Students’ Association and former coordinator of the Youth in Landscapes Initiative;
Ahmed Badr, writer, multi-media artist, social entrepreneur, the Founder of Narratio and a former Iraqi refugee working at the intersection of creativity, displacement, and youth empowerment.

SumItUp!
For those between the age of 15 to 29 it is possible to participate in #SumItUp competition by presenting a summary of the main messages of one of the episodes.

All information available here:
https://www.reachnotpreach.com/sumitup
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Previous episodes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9R0MYGYsvktTHzxKY9KjGcKLIsqyjwyz

For further information - Milan 2021
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January 22, 2021
Driving Adaptation & Resilience

 Virtual event

 Time: 16:30-17:30 CEST - 10:30-11:30 am EDT 

 Type: open

 Format: discussion, italian translation available

 Description

Resilience and adaptation to climate change were the topics of the Youth4ClimateLiveSeries interactive meeting. The webinar was focused on the role that Youth can play as agents of change in accelerating adaptation and resilience to climate change, such as: awareness activities, influencing policy priorities, advocacy, capacity building, mobilization and social enterprises creation. At the same time, the January episode aimed to address the topic of adaptation from a novel perspective, such as space observations.

The webinar was attended by Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut from European Space Agency.

During the January 22 meeting, young activists from different parts of the world were asked to provide their inputs on the following topics:

• providing their views on how adaptation and resilience projects and activities they have been involved into and how
   those helped accelerating adaptation and resilience;

• sharing their own experience in driving youth led adaptation initiatives and ideas on how to enhance the dialogue on
    climate change with the international community.

 

 Documents: Concept note

ITEM AND SPEAKERS

Moderators

Salina Abraham
Outgoing President of the International Forestry Students’ Association and former coordinator of the Youth in Landscapes Initiative.

Ahmed Badr
Writer, multi-media artist, social entrepreneur, the Founder of Narratio and a former Iraqi refugee working at the intersection of creativity, displacement, and youth empowerment.

High-Level Speakers

Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.
She described the difference between the current Italian reality and the way we should plan, finance and implement adaptation, based on the recent adaptation report published by UNEP.

 

 

Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut, European Space Agency.
He described how space observations can be useful in predicting extreme weather events, or in disaster management.

 

 

Youth Speakers

Joshua Amponsem (Ghana)
Founder of Green Africa Youth Organization and Adaptation Fellow at the Global Center on Adaptation.
Satrio Wicaksono (Indonesia)
Scientist-environmentalist, 2020 Space4Youth Competition Winner.
Joyce Najm Mendez (Brazil)
Social entrepreneur  and and Board Member of the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR).
 

 

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