Asian Youth Climate Network at COP 20
Last Friday, the Singapore Youth Delegation hosted a dinner for more than 30 Asian youths present at COP20 here in Lima. Countries represented included: China, Taiwan, South Korea, Nepal, India, Japan, Indonesia and of course, Singapore. There were Asian youths who were based outside of Asia as well, currently pursuing their studies overseas. This dinner is now an annual event since its initiation in 2009.
The light hearted networking dinner preceded the annual AYCN meeting on Sunday. It started with an ice breaker which allowed the youths to know each other better and on a more personal level. It was encouraging to see Asian individuals who were not attending COP (but were involved in other events such as the Global Landscapes Forum) show up for our dinner too. This proves that Asian youths are indeed passionate about climate change and would like to form a strong network between Asian nations so as to mobilize youths to be agents of change. From students to graduates. it was heartening to note that youths from all walks of life with differing experiences gathered on that night to foster stronger bonds and to share ideas on what we can do, as youths, to fight against climate change.