Indonesian Youth Activists Press for Action on Climate Emergency
The first ever UN Youth Climate Summit was held last week (21/9) in UN Headquarters in New York. The Summit took the form of a series of lively discussions and Q&A sessions, led by moderators and young people in sneakers and backpacks. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres served as keynote listener to a panel of young people who were not only at the frontlines of the climate emergency, but also coming up with innovative ways to combat the crisis. The day’s programme culminated in unveiling the State of Youth Platform and the ActNow platform that encourages people to take action on climate action.
The Summit was attended by over 600 outstanding youth climate champions chosen from around the world, including young representatives from seven biosphere reserves from Southeast Asia and Pacific. They are Ms Ari Iswandari (Leuser National Park, Indonesia), Mr Hamid Arrum Harahap (Batang Toru, Indonesia), Ms Sukma Riverningtyas (Lore Lindu National Park, Indonesia), Mr Rey Antony Ostria (Albay Biosphere Reserve, the Philippines), Ms Kanoktip Somsiri (Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, Thailand), Ms Cao Nguyen (Cu Lao Cham Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam) and Mr Onneil Nena (Utwe Biosphere Reserve, Federated States of Micronesia). These outstanding young leaders were nominated to participate based on their demonstrated commitment to addressing the climate crisis and advancing solutions.
In addition, the Indonesian Youth Delegates for Climate Change met with Indonesian Vice President’s, H. E. Jusuf Kalla in New York prior to his agenda on bilateral meetings and the Climate Action Summit.
For more info on the result of the Youth Summit for Climate Change, please follow this link: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/youth-summit.shtml