Parallel Session 7.1: Global Youth Adaptation Dialogue (Emmanuel Dlamini)


Young people around the world take great interest in adaptation and resilience-building to safeguard their futures in the face of worsening climate change impacts. Youth groups are active under the UNFCCC, and they play an active role in raising awareness of the need to take a medium- to long-term approach in efforts at addressing climate change. Young persons early in their careers are also increasingly taking an interest in climate change issues, including those in the private sector. This session offers a venue for conversation about the youth in the context of adaptation and NAPs in particular. While it was not possible to get a large number of youth from diverse backgrounds to participate in the Expo, this session will offer a place to launch a global conversation about key questions that relate to young people and their potential involvement in the NAPs.
The session will include presentations from young persons from Korea and Malawi to kick off a dialogue by all participants.


The session will initiate an open conversation that looks into the future of adaptation through NAPs from a youth perspective that allows for options and shared courses of action, for example, on:

  • What does climate change mean for the youth and their evolving livelihoods?
  • How can young people in various stages participate in the process of formulating and implementing NAPs that is mainly championed by state actors?
  • How can modern technologies that appeal more to the youth advance climate change adaptation and resilience building?
  • How can young people help shape long-term adaptation goals?

Expected Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants would have a better appreciation of how the adaptation planning can engage young people and their concerns, whether they are present or not.

Link for Presentation

Multiple Stakeholders including youth, gender, private sector
Location: Room 204 Date: April 11, 2019 Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am