ASEAN Youth call for renewable energy transition

Izah Azahari

ASEAN youth delegates on Friday called for focus on energy transition towards green and renewable sources as part of cooperation on climate mitigation.

The Youth on Climate Action – ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Environment (ASEANyouCAN – AMME) Dialogue on Youth for Climate Action was held online on Friday on the sidelines of the 16th ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Environment.

At the dialogue session ASEANyouCAN delegates presented the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on ASEAN Youth for Climate Action to ASEAN Environment Ministers.

The declaration highlighted the collective position of ASEAN youth in the region, their concerns and their recommendations to strengthen climate action.

The ASEANyouCAN stressed that the ASEAN region is among the most vulnerable in the world to impacts of climate change.

Minister of Development and Co-Chair of the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar with other ASEAN Environment Ministers and youth representatives at the the Youth on Climate Action – ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Environment (ASEANyouCAN – AMME) Dialogue on Youth for Climate Action. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT

The delegates called for a strengthen cooperation on climate mitigation at national, regional and international levels, with a focus on energy transition toward green and renewable energy resources.

They emphasised the need of establishing science-based carbonisation pathways and net-zero target in each country’s national determined contributions.

The ASEANyouCAN said young people should serve meaningful roles – from local to regional levels – in policy and decision-making processes.

The ASEAN Environment Ministers applauded and welcomed the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on ASEAN Youth for Climate Action and supported the recommendations that the ASEANyouCAN delegates have put forward for further consideration. Hosted by Indonesia, the Dialogue was attended by ASEAN Environment Ministers, the ASEAN Secretary General and ASEANyouCAN youth delegates from across ASEAN. The country was represented by Minister of Development and the Co-Chair of the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar.

Meanwhile, ASEANyouCAN delegates from Brunei Darussalam were represented by Joshua anak Belayan and Noorhafizah binti Rashid.