Youth Climate Conclave
Youth from across the country joined together for 4th Edition of Youth Climate Conclave (2022 – 23) which was held on 19- 21 February 2023 to discuss and deliberate on the most pressing issues related to climate action. The ‘Youth Pledge’, which was drafted as part of the Conclave was presented at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2023 (22- 24 February 2023) during ‘Youth Plenary: Collective Action and Intergenerational Equity for Our Common Future’ on 24 February 2023. Click here to view the Pledge.
The 4th edition of the YCC, which coincides with India taking up the role of G20 presidency, was interspersed with capacity-building sessions, group discussions, technical sessions on climate action and role of youth. A debate competition was organized along with understanding youth priorities and actions for development of ‘Youth Pledge’ in a participatory manner. The participating youth proved to be very committed towards the cause of sustainable development. Best entries of YCC photography competition which was conducted online were showcased in Youth Climate Conclave Photography Exhibition organised at Italian Cultural Centre, New Delhi.
The Conclave also included a study tour to TERIgram – a barren and desolate land converted into a sustainable habitat by TERI, which now houses state-of-the-art facilities for developing green technologies, along with a residency called RETREAT (Resource-Efficient TERI Retreat for Environmental Awareness and Training). Along with a visit to International Solar Alliance and National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE campus) in Gurugram.
The YCC was led by the Delegation of the European Union to India, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), and YuWaah with the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) as Nodal Ministry.
The winners of debate and photography competition were felicitated in the presence of Ms Prachi Shevgaonkar, Founder, Cool the Globe; Ms Heeta Lakhani, Co-Founder, Youth Negotiators Academy; Ms Laura De Vries, European Climate Pact Ambassador (online); Dr Livleen Kahlon, Associate Director, Environment Education and Awareness, TERI and Mr Edwin Koekkoek, First Counsellor, Energy and Climate Action, European Union (EU) Delegation to India during Youth Plenary on 24 February 2023 at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2023. Additionally, an outcome of the programme- ‘Youth Pledge’ was presented.
Names of the winners from Debate Competition:
Winner from Category A -
- Mr Vishal Ramesh, Budding Minds International School, Chennai
- Ms Sanjam Singh, Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, New Delhi
- Ms Mythili Shankar Nair, Army Public School Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi
Winner from Category B-
- Mr Roshan Thakur, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
- Ms Anchal Gautam, Himachal Pradesh University
- Ms Komal Tiwari, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
To know the winners of in Youth Climate Conclave Photography Exhibition 4th Edition, click here.
Executed agenda can be viewed here.