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Call for youth to become regional climate leaders

The Embassy of the United State (US) of America in Brunei Darussalam is partnering with Big BWN Project and Malaysia-based Biji-biji Initiative to launch the Brunei Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Summit 2022, which will run from March to September.

Applications close on January 31.

The summit will focus on climate change issues in Southeast Asia, and will empower over 80 youth to become regional climate leaders equipped with the tools to tackle a warming planet.

The summit offers a hands-on, immersive learning experience that will expand the participants’ ability to navigate the complexity of climate issues.

“We are seeking resilient YSEALI alumni who are committed to championing innovative climate solutions and who can drive a united effort for climate mitigation in Southeast Asia,” said Chargé d’Affaires at Embassy of the US of America in Brunei Darussalam Emily Fleckner.

Eligible participants from 11 YSEALI member countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam) may apply for the programme, which includes pre-summit virtual activities (March – May 2022), the summit (June 2022), and post-summit follow-up activities (July – September 2022).

Participants will have the opportunity to apply for one of two optional and highly rewarding programme tracks. The Small Grants track will supply each of five winning teams USD2,000 to implement their green recovery initiative. The Career Fellowship track will invite 12 participants to join climate action organisations in the region working on innovative climate change solutions.

Regional climate change experts will join the summit, offering participants beneficial knowledge and experience as well as a chance to network with like-minded professionals.

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