|EVENT TITLE:||Children and Youth Workshop on Climate Change: Pinoy + Youth + Power in a Changing Climate|
|DATE & TIME:||November 22, 2011, Tuesday, 8:00AM-5:00PM|
|VENUE:||Meeting Rooms 7 and 8, 2nd Floor, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City|
|PRINCIPAL ORGANIZER:||Climate Change Commission|
|PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:||USAID Philippines |
The Climate Reality Project
National Youth Commission
Council for the Welfare of Children
Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation
Climate change is an urgent and serious threat confronting us. However, children and youth, constituting nearly half of the world’s population, face greater climate and disaster risks. Whether they like it or not, it is their generation who will endure the unprecedented consequences of environmental degradation and changing climate if kept unabated. On the other hand, children and youth of less developed countries are considered more vulnerable. Climate change aggravates their tenuous conditions ascribed to existing geographical, social, political, and economic challenges. Filipino children and youth, who accounts for one third of the population, are already experiencing the adverse impacts of climate change (UNICEF 2007, UN 2010).
Different children and youth groups are already making significant contributions to combat climate change. In the recent Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Filipino youth representatives with their dynamism and zeal actively participated in the negotiations. Youth-led programs and organizations are also instigated in support of the advocacy on climate change. Nevertheless, despite existing children and youth initiatives, there is still a need to promote awareness and empower the youth in order for them to undertake a more proactive role in decision-making processes and program development to adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Children and youth are key agents of change. It is of prime importance to consult and engage them in shaping climate change policies and programs of the government. This is in recognition of their higher vulnerability to the dangerous impacts of climate change and environmental degradation and, at the same time, their capacity as climate change advocates, movers and researchers.
At the end of the Climate Change Event, 100 to 150 children and youth participants representing Metro Manila and different sectors such as governance, youth with special needs, indigenous peoples, and academic and community groups will appreciate their key roles as agents for adaptation and mitigation empowerment. By the end of the Forum, the children and youth participants will
1) Understand and appreciate how climate change affects the children and youth of the Philippines;
2) Understand and appreciate the challenges presented by climate change by discussing the science, impacts, policies, programs and dynamics in the national and international arena;
3) Be able to articulate how they can contribute to the Philippine’s responses to the challenge of climate change; and
4) Formulate a National Climate Change Children and Youth Agenda that articulates their inputs to the National Climate Change Action Plan.
For queries, please contact us through the following details:
Climate Change Commission
c/o Pebbles B. Sanchez
RM 238 Mabini Hall, Malacanang Compound, San Miguel, Manila
Tel./Fax: (02) 7361171/ 7353144/ 7353069