BISHKEK, 22 October 2018 – UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic and University of Central Asia (UCA) are conducting the Youth Mountain Forum (YMF 2018) at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The Youth Forum is organized as an important part of the World Mountain Forum (WMF) that takes place on 23-26 October 2018.
Nineteen young participants from different mountain regions including Central Asia as well as Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe are attending the Forum to contribute substantively to discussions of sustainable mountain development and environmental protection. As a result of the Forum, the participants will develop and present a ‘Call to Action’ to inform policy makers about youth perspectives on climate action, importance of youth engagement in development initiatives, and to promote child-centered climate change adaptation and mitigation.
“A reality that is not often mentioned in policy and financing circles is that children are most at risk from the impacts of climate change. Children are most at risk simply because they are children. Only through the joint efforts of the government, academia, non-governmental partners and youth, we can substantively contribute to sustainable mountain development”, said Ted Chaiban, Director of Programmes, UNICEF.
Ensuring that climate related investments target the specific needs of children can result in high development benefits for children. UNICEF and its partners collaborate with youth of the world to develop and recommend concrete steps that governments, policymakers, international organizations, youth activists and children can take to protect children today and in the future.
About University of Central Asia (UCA)
The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognized standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network.
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