Islamabad, July 17, 2021 (TDI) — The highly anticipated report, “Youth and Climate Change Perception” has been launched by the UNDP in partnership with the Government of Pakistan. In the launch ceremony, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Mr. Malik Amin Aslam; Naheed Shah Durani, Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change and Ms. Aliona Niculita, the UNDP Resident representative among the senior management of the Ministry of Climate Change and UNDP were in attendance.
In the study, the youth perception of Climate Change is recorded against the variables of vulnerability, adaption strategies, regulatory knowledge, and climate advocacy. It also provides insight into the importance of youth awareness of the challenges relating to Climate Change.
“Pakistan’s youth carries the incredible potential to ensure sustainable development. A resilient youth translates to a resilient nation, and our youth has taken initiatives that carry not only socioeconomic significance but have an eco-friendliness facet to it as well. The incumbent government is very cognizant of this youth potential and has made it its top priority to engage youth in its developmental interventions,’ said Mr. Malik Amin Aslam on the occasion.
‘Well-aligned with the Government of Pakistan’s priorities, UNDP has been working to enhance the representation of youth in the national climate agenda. I am glad that UNDP, under its Climate Promise initiative, has supported the Government of Pakistan in undertaking this rapid perception study, which opens more avenues for collaborative policy and programmatic efforts. We are dedicated to mainstream the voice of marginalized youth in national climate plans,’ added the UNDP Representative Ms. Niculita.
The event ended with a panel discussion where the stage was given to young climate enthusiasts and activists. The program was deemed successful in providing encouragement to 68 percent of the youth population in Pakistan, furthering the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN.