BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 17 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Aminuddin IhsanSaiful Mulok welcomed youth as agents of change for the climate solution.
He said that there is immense opportunity for youth to take action and shape the future in overcoming challenges and strengthening climate resilience across Asean.
The minister said this at the inaugural Asean Youth on Climate Action (ASEANyouCAN) Dialogue, which he said is a valuable platform for youth to be heard and shape the discourse on climate action in Asean.
The minister as Chair of Asean Socio-Cultural Community Council 2021 made the remarks in line with the Asean State of Climate Change Report that has identified the region as one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts.
The dialogue is themed ‘Climate Action and Resilience’.
Aminuddin Ihsan reaffirmed that the Sultanate recognises the urgency of responding to the threat as stated in Brunei's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent, relative to business-as-usual levels by 2030, and the prioritisation of climate action as part of the agenda of the Brunei Asean 2021 Chairmanship.
One of the dialogue’s key highlights was the drafting of the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on Youth Climate Action on day three of the event.
The declaration, which outlines the youth’s commitment in pursuing climate action towards global ambitions, will be presented at the 16th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Environment on Oct 21.
The ASEANyouCAN serves as a platform for youth in Asean member states to share ideas and contribute to high-level decision making or policy formulation in implementing climate strategy for Asean. It also gives a strong foundation for a sustainable partnership among Asean youth to be more engaged and involved.
They explore ways as to how a country can mitigate climate change impacts and build a community or environment that is resilient towards the change.
The theme is divided into two sub-themes – Youth in Promoting Green Innovation and Nature Based Solution; and Youth in Educating and Creating a Green Society.
The three-day event started with an orientation session on Friday facilitated by a representative from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), followed by a virtual workshop on the second day. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN