Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Youth Forum on Climate Actions and Mountain Issues, 8-12 August 2011 - 40 full scholarships available

Youth Forum on Climate Actions and Mountain Issues, 8-12 August 2011

With the grand success of youth focused events in recent years (Café Climate, Youth Forum, Youth Corner, Graduate Conference, seminars and talk programmes, various capacity building workshops and publication of the special issue of the Asia Pacific Mountain Courier on youth and climate change among others), we are pleased to announce Youth Forum 2011 on Climate Actions and Mountain Issues.

The overall objective of the Youth Forum is to celebrate International Year of Youth 2011/12 and International Youth Day, 12 August, through continuation of series of activities started in 2008 to build the next generation leadership in sustainable mountain development and climate change adaptation in ICIMOD Regional Member Countries (RMCs) and beyond, especially in the context of upcoming UNFCCC CoP 17 and Rio+20 meeting.

We offer a unique opportunity for students and speakers across the Asia Pacific region to engage each other in addressing the challenge of applying and adapting broader principles of sustainability, climate change and mountain development to locale-specific solutions. The programme will feature eminent speakers and there will be an emphasis on the issues specific to mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region and beyond, especially in the context of ICIMOD’s work, and ongoing and planned regional and global processes on relevant topics.

The event is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Who should apply?
Young climate change enthusiasts, media persons, youth activists, development professionals etc. However you do not have to be an expert on climate actions and mountain issues, but you should have familiarity with environmental issues, the mountains face and a strong commitment to contribute towards problem solving process with the use of modern tools and approaches, engagement in development debates and local actions.

Young professionals of 18 to 29 years of age (by 1 August 2011) and coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan are eligible to apply.

There are few seats available for youth from other Asia Pacific countries beyond the HKH.

Please use this form to apply for the Youth Forum. All applications will be reviewed by an international review committee. Based on the evaluation of the quality of the application by the review committee and taking into account the need for a balanced group in regard to scientific discipline, geographical background and gender, about 40 applications will be accepted for participation in the forum.

Financial support
Participation costs (round-trip airfare, local transport, and food and accommodation) in Kathmandu during the Youth Forum will be covered by ICIMOD/APMN.

Special conditions
While communicating with the organising committee, please put ‘Youth Forum 2011’ in the subject line.

All selected candidates must prepare a poster, which will be exhibited at the Youth Forum. Poster details will be communicated to selected candidates only.

Important information
Application deadline: 20 June 2011
Results notification: 30 June 2011
Event date: 8-12 August 2011
Venue: ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu, NEPAL with a number of field visits
No. of seats available: 40 (30 RMCs and 10 beyond)
Contact email:
Application form:

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