“Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals by National Youth Meet”
Despite some progress in poverty reduction over recent decades, Nepal remains one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Widespread discrimination, migration of productive labor force, less competitive economic sectors, limited investment, and poor governance limit the country’s potential to graduate from the least developed country to a developing country. Two-thirds of the total population remains dependent on agriculture, which is increasingly precarious due to disasters and climate change.
Nepal is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters- earthquakes, droughts, flash floods, landslides, thunderstorms, fires, and glacial lack outburst floods (GLOF). The result of numerous studies on disaster shows that Nepal is 4th in terms of climate risk, 11th in terms of earthquake risk and 30th in terms of flood risk globally.
The changes are already visible as snow clad mountains are fading off, frequent avalanches, snow lake burst off, dry & wet landslide are happening in enormous rate. Also, it is fourth most vulnerable country due to the impacts of climate change despite of its nominal share of mere 0.027 % of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Being a platform to understand and speak issues of local places DYF therefore in collaboration with other organizations has planned to organize a youth meet from different disaster affected district to come up with their valuable ideas and input.
Nepal is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters- earthquakes, droughts, flash floods, landslides, thunderstorms, fires, and glacial lack outburst floods (GLOF).
The First convention was held in Nepal on 13 to 16 May 2015 which was focused more on ecology. The convention basically was oriented on environment, bio diversity, and ecological right. The role of youth on conserving the ecology and ecological rights. A total of 50 youths from different parts of the country participated during the program. The concept of plastic free school was also discussed during the program. Nevertheless, the event acted as a milestone for the ecological right.
And, as a consequence of first conventions, the second convention was held from 20 to 23 March 2016 in Lumle Pokhara which was focused on green entrepreneurship and ecological child right which encourage the youth to stay in country and contribute for fostering green and safer future by working in local and national level. The technical sessions on ecological right, green entrepreneurship, compost manure vermin composting preparation preparation impact and sustainable development. As a follow up of youth meet, two different meets one in each Ramechaap and Surkhet were conducted in the same year.
Insight upon National Youth Meet:
Youths are believed as an agent for change maker for the society and can better contribute in environmental conservation. Young people should be informed, empowered and mobilized to address the problem faced by nation regarding environmental issues like disaster, climate change and issues of sustainable development goals. Keeping these things in mind DYF together with CWISH with the support of TDH Germany and in collaboration with NYC(national youth council happened to organize a three days residential youth meet which would focus on various youth associated theme. In this platform different talented and dynamic youth would stay together discuss, interact, directly with the government agencies and stakeholders and hence, prepare a declaration paper regarding discussed youth concerns on environmental issues.
Wants the government to seriously take the issues of climate change
- Follow up of earlier conventions on ecological right and green entrepreneurship.
- Youth capacity building on DRR, Climate change and SDG.
- To strengthen and/or form a youth network to address the issue of DRR, Climate Change and SDG.
- To bring young people together from different parts of nation and listen to the youth issues of the specific area.
- To prepare the declaration/outcome paper of the meeting and make government, youth leaders committed to address the youth issue by making plan of actions and commitment.
We, Youth from 12 different districts declare the following Declaration on Climate Change, DRR and SDG:
We hereby declare the following actions to implement in the local level with carrying on the earlier youth actions declared during Dhulikhel and Lumle conventions;
DRR in Policy Level:
- Meaningful and compulsory participation of youth in Disaster Risk Reduction in the policy level mechanism.
- Significant contribution of skilled and trained youth in preparedness (pre-disaster phase), response (during disaster) and recovery (post disaster) in local and national level.
DRR in action level:
- Youth participation in Decision making level-DDRC, DWASHCC, VWASHCC, CCCC and other local network.
- Sharing DRR, Climate Change, SDG issue in youth group, women group, farmer group and child group. Similarly, other local level and district level network and group.
- Coordination establishment with district network and youth council.
- Lobby for concerned stakeholder to provide the skill, training for disaster preparedness and response like light search, rescue, first aid, early information system, WASH, damage assessment.
Climate Change in Policy level:
- Wants the government to seriously take the issues of climate change and create a strong mechanism in order to combat it’s impact on environment and people through the Ministry of Environment, Nepal Planning commission and youth council.
Climate change in action level:
- Meaningful participation of youth in forest user group, drinking water and sanitation user group and make it active in the community level.
- Promote the concept of organic farming within household level.
- Actively work in the campaign in making our community an ODF, plastic free zone and promote CFLG and EFLG.
- Commitment from youth for “Youth on environmental Sustainability”(YES)
- Promote and encourage the concept of “Green Entrepreneurship”
SDG in policy level:
- Lobby with policy making level entities to prioritize the agenda of “life on Himalayas” like Nepal and appeal them to make the voice heard in the regional and international level in SDG.
- To compulsorily incorporate the issues of SDG in the course of study in basic esducation system.
SDG in action level:
- Advocate and Aware in the issues of SDG.
- To take an initiation in identifying the position level of the youths in SDG.
- To take an issue of SDG in community level through the help of media.
Cross Cutting issue:
- Ecological Child Right.
- Child Protection.
- Involvement of youth in creative thinking.
- Stop child physical and mental abuse and Domestic violence.
- Ensure school education for all.
Jointly Organized by: DYF, CWISH, National Youth Council and Supported by:TDH Germany
Date: 23 December, 2016