Youths have an immense opportunity and potential to take action and shape the future as young people holds the key to many solutions towards overcoming challenges and strengthening climate resilience across ASEAN. The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports emphasised that it is particularly important as the ASEAN region has been identified as one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change according to the ASEAN State of Climate Change Report. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Chair of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council stressed the matter at the Opening Ceremony of the ASEAN Youth on Climate Action, ASEANyouCAN, Dialogue held virtually.
According to Yang Berhormat, the dialogue is a valuable platform for the youth to be heard and shape the discourse on climate action in ASEAN – which is the greatest challenge. In line with the theme 'Climate Action and Resilience', Yang Berhormat welcomed the youths as agents of change as part of the climate solution. The 3-day event started off with an orientation session facilitated by a representative from the United Nations Development Programme. One of the key highlights of the dialogue was the drafting of the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on Youth Climate Action. Also joining was Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Ash'ari, Member of the Legislative Council.
Source: Radio Television Brunei