The ASEAN Power Shift 2015 (APS15), a three-day conference to be held in Singapore during 24-26 July 2015, aims to bring together youths from the 10 ASEAN countries to a common platform where they have an aligned position towards the climate negotiations later this year in Paris (COP21), learn about each other’s environmental initiatives and experiences, and provide networking opportunities to catalyse more ground up climate initiatives.
The programme will consist of two key tracks; Policy Track and Knowledge Track. The policy track is primarily for youth leaders who have done their respective national level consultation and will be involved in working to have a combined ASEAN Position. While the knowledge track is primarily for youth leaders as participants, to learn and be equipped with the necessary skills to run follow up activities and initiatives in their respective countries.
The problem the conference aims to address is the weak position the region has in terms of climate change policies, and its youth participation, amidst its pursuit for economic prosperity, of which largely due to inapt political commitment, unsustainable industry practices and the lack of capacity needed to drive grassroots initiated bottom up changes.
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