The proposed LDYC steering committee would be a group of involved and recognised LDYC members providing long-term guidance to the LDYC whilst ensuring that the mission of the LDYC is integrated in all aspects of its operations. The Steering Committee will meet every six weeks to discuss the status of its duties. The role encompasses various key responsibilities. These include setting priorities for external engagement that align with the LDYC’s operational goals and overarching mission. It also involves close coordination with Regional Officers to advance the LDYC’s mission in specific regions and at relevant events. Furthermore, the role entails regular reporting to and engagement with the LDYC membership, disseminating updates on Coalition progress and opportunities for involvement through LDYC-wide meetings and other communication avenues. Additionally, it involves providing support for the institutional development of the LDYC, assessing and approving reports from Working Group Coordinators, and overseeing the creation of LDYC Annual Narrative Reports, ensuring comprehensive and accurate documentation of the Coalition’s activities and achievements. Elections and appointments must be conducted yearly, and Steering Committee members are not subject to term limits. An active WG Coordinator may not be elected or appointed to the Steering Committee. The LDYC Global Coordinators will co-chair the committee.
Steering Committee Elections
We are excited to announce that the elections for the LDYC’s Steering Committee are open from today the 20th of September 2023 till Friday September 29th at 11h59PM GMT. Your invited to cast your vote using the button below. There will be virtual town halls to help more about the candidates and ask them questions directly. Join them at virtual town hall meetings! Candidates running for the seats of the following region:
- Sub-Saharan Africa will be pleased to exchange with you on Monday 25 September at 6PM GMT here.
- Northern Africa & the Middle East, Central & Southern Asia, and Eastern & South-Eastern Asia will be pleased to exchange with you on Tuesday 26 September at 10AM GMT here.
Charles Donaldson Ogira, Uganda
Umar adamu, Ghana
Onesmus Mulima Kenya
Claudius Mbuya, Kenya
Am an experienced human rights defender with over 6 years proven practical experience in civil society work spans. I have vast skill sets and Knowledge in human rights case Monitoring, recording/Documentation, interviewing and Reporting. I have improved social capacity on human rights advocacy, Community civic engagements on good governance, environmental protection, advocating for paying for loss and damages in the mineral exploitation sites in Karamoja and EACOP as well and accountability with more focus on non-violent activism and offering grassroots mechanisms to protect grassroots human rights defenders at risk. I am an achievement driven, detail oriented and analytical individual with an admirable reputation of working competently in a team environment. I possess a strong sense of urgency as well as flexibility to change and adapt whenever desired. I am a proven relationship builder with exceptional communication skills and an ability to anticipate both client and Human right needs. My core professional objective is to build capacity and ensure fully-fledged community development practitioners and human rights defenders who will endeavour to deliver services to the expectations of the entire community in an effective and efficient manner with strict adherence to the principles of social justice and rule of law
I plan to contribute towards challenging ourselves to making practicable efforts towards cascading the awareness of our people towards ecosystem restoration through advocacy and strategic engagements with duty bearers and state actors
I have 6 years of practical experience in civil society work, lobbying and advocacy, training on human rights based approach, hum a rights due diligence and human rights monitoring, documentation and reporting.
Claudius Mbuya is a 25years old young man from Kenya and an Executive Director with four years of experience working alongside the executive team of several companies. Claudius specializes in administrative technology and is responsible for educating other employees on using progressive systems and applications, including accounting software, mass communication procedures and organizational apps. Claudius is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. Claudius is inspired daily by his friends and fellow young directors. In his free time, Claudius likes to hike, tour different places, engage in climate talks and play Scrable with his siblings and friends.
I need raise awareness on how climate change affect and address loss and damage.
I have a great experience of about 5 years in youth leadership and it has been a great experience.
RONALD REAGAN OMONDI, Kenya
Pasco Twinamasiko, Uganda
Ahmed Abba Umar, Nigeria
Akena Julie Marshall, Uganda
I am Ronald Reagan OMONDI, turning 30 years soon,a degree holder in food science and technology,a community mobilizer, climate change activist.
I hope to advocate for gender issues, equal education opportunity for vulnerable community students
A have over 5 years of active youth leadership in my community
Pasco Twinamasiko is a young social entrepreneur passionate about SDG attainment, being a proprietor of African Pearl Tourism Information Centre a tour company doing tour consultancy services, and a team leader at Bio-ecosystems Conservation &Development Agency. Pasco has the education background rooted in community conservation, biodiversity Conservation and having worked on different projects in nature based solutions to tackle climate change,and worked along different people in various professions in ministry of water and environment, ministry of finance and planning, it makes me eligible to be part of the steering committee.
Increase the youth positive visibility in most climate related development spaces that is in entrepreneurship particularly green job creation, biodiversity Conservation, and policy formulation and implementation throughout the whole of sub Sahara region.
Am a team leader at Bio-ecosystems Conservation &Development Agency a youth based civil Society organisation based in western Uganda, that empowers communities to conserve the environment operating in three thematic areas that is Environment/biodiversity Conservation, youth empowerment,and poverty alleviation. and a CEO at African Pearl Tourism Information Centre a private company in tour destination marketing, tour product development, events management, thus given such administration roles, have really exposed me to leadership responsibilities.
I was born on August 5, 1993, in Kano, Nigeria. From a young age, I was always passionate about making apositive impact in my community and bringing about change. This drive led me to pursue an education in international Relation and Diplomacy at the prestigious Stafford University suu. During my time in university, I became actively involved in various student organizations and political movements, which further fueled my desire to create a better future for the African youth. Upon graduating, I joined the Association For Progressive African Youth (AJAP) as a dedicated member. In 2014, I was elected as the President of AJAP-Nigeria, a position I have proudly held ever since. As the president, my main focus has been on empowering and uplifting the African youth through various programs and initiatives. One of the key projects I initiated was the establishment of a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to underprivileged students who demonstrate academic excellence. This program aims to bridge the gap in access to quality education and empower deserving students to achieve their full potential. Additionally, under my leadership, AJAP-Nigeria has organized countless workshops, seminars, and conferences aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, leadership development, and civic engagement among young Africans. These events serve as platforms for networking, learning, and collaboration, fostering a sense of unity and solidarity among African youth. Furthermore, I have been actively involved in advocating for youth inclusion in policy-making processes at the local, national, and regional levels. I firmly believe that the voice of the youth should be heard and taken into account when shaping the future of our continent. Moreover, I have also been engaged in various community development projects, such as building schools, providing clean water, and promoting healthcare initiatives. These projects aim to improve the overall quality of life for African youth and contribute to sustainable development in our communities Through my work with AJAP-Nigeria, I have had the privilege of collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations across Africa. Together, we strive to create a continent where the youth can thrive, where their talents and potential are recognized and nurtured. In conclusion, I am Ahmed Abba Umar, the President of the Association For Progressive African Youth (AJAP-Nigeria). My lifelong goal is to empower and uplift the African youth, equipping them with the tools and opportunities they need to shape a prosperous and inclusive future for our beloved continent.
During my time as a youth leader, I founded the Association for Progressive African Youth (AJAP-NIGERIA) with the aim of empowering youngpeople in Nigeria to become active contributors to the development of their communities and the nation as a whole. This organization focuses on promoting progressive values, leadership development, and providing opportunities for personal growth.
As the founder of AJAP-NIGERIA, my responsibilities included leading a team of dedicated individuals, designing and implementing various projects and initiatives, and organizing events and workshops focused on youth empowerment. Through AJAP-NIGERIA, we created platforms for young people to engage in meaningful discussions, share ideas, and collaborate on projects that address pressing social issues.
In addition to founding AJAP-NIGERIA, I have also been an active member of several local and international youth-led organizations. I am a member of Youngo, a global youth-led organization that focuses on addressing climate change and promoting sustainability. Through Youngo, I have had the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in campaigns and initiatives that aim to raise awareness about environmental issues among young people.
I am also a member of Rotaract, the youth branch of Rotary International. Rotaract focuses on community service, leadership development, and fostering international understanding. As a member of this organization, I have been involved in various community projects, including organizing medical camps, promoting literacy, and supporting local businesses.
Furthermore, I am a member of JCI (Junior Chamber International), a global organization that empowers young people to create positive change in their communities. Through JCI, I have participated in leadership training programs, engaged in community development projects, and networked with young leaders from around the world.
Being a part of these local and international youth-led organizations has provided me with invaluable experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth. It has allowed me to exchange ideas, gain new perspectives, and develop my leadership skills. I am grateful for the network of like-minded individuals that I have connected with and the chance to contribute to creating a better future for young people in Nigeria and beyond.
Akena Julie Marshall, from Uganda-Kampala. A graduate of Social Sciences/Political Science 2022 from Kyambogo University. I am a passionate youth activists in civic spaces and very enthusiastic about the Equitable Development (SDGs). I love to see and contribute to a community that is very able to thrive, that makes me a community worker.
Well, to be honest and precise. I look forward to first of all popularizing this platform to many youth under the grassroot levels. Since my joining LDYC I have realized the magnitude it has in empowering the youth and yet it’s impact to the grassroot is yet to be felt. Secondly, I look forward to having meaningful conversations with youth leaders across boards and to mobilize for equatable representation in various platforms. Data accessibility and cost effectiveness is my desired plan. Research coordinations and publicity is my desired plan. Thank you all
I have enormous skills in bringing up youth forces together and initiating meaningful conversations with youth groups.
Dennis Kimani, Kenya
Mohammed Nur Kachalla, Nigeria
CHIFUNIRO NDEMBO, Malawi
Boniface Okello, Uganda
the climate actor, i always focus on identify problems and see it as an opportunity to build a solution. by applying the critical skills of empathy, teamwork and leadership to make positive impact. As an influential youth leader by participating in many models. modern Technology and focusing on environmental awareness and advocacy where i manage a team of experienced personalities. Several senior positions and actively involved. HEY ambassador, YOUNGO, African SDG ambassador. Manager at jewel Environmental initiative NIGERIA. I also released the first series of short documentaries and invited as a speaker and participant in many climate summits and exhibition
Vision: -To protected environment inhabited by dignified people having sustainable livelihoods through waste to wealth management. Mission;- Designing and implementing life changing development programmes and livelihood scheme that alleviate environmental degradation, climate change risks and deepening poverty in collaboration with relevant stakeholders so as to ensure holistic sustainable development
I am a found and Executive director of Active Youth for Development and Innovation (AYODI) that’s after working with Chilungamo orphan care in partnership with plan international, action aid and FPAM in AGYW project. I possess diploma in journalism and media studies. I co-facilitated several healthy and educational projects together with peace corps volunteer Debra Haris and Alexandra cmcolister respectively at Mitundu catchment areas. I am a Malawian. To build a better community full of mindful citizenry and professionalism is my vision and am looking forward to open a youth and children center in my community. I value teamwork and building self confidence in others.
During my term of services with steering committee I want to take LDYC where if seems impossible to reach, setting up and working tirelessly on solutions measures to the world problems of climate change, enforcement to the fossil fuels countries, companies, individual and all agencies to stop and bring a clean and green energy Innovations. Enforce all the climate change contributing factor agents to pay for it in all the victimized areas and help restal in damages caused. The following measure will be set in older to accomplish the mission: Cantact and dialogue with institutions like United nations UN, European Union EU, Africa Union, world educational institutions, law societies and an other world institutions that has power to set policies that would be complied with world. Seeing the world jointly setting and obeying to the policy set on climate change and compensating the global warming victimized individuals,communities, countries and all is the only mandatory success. In 2 year’s time the LDYC will be a well recognized to the world and will completely be a leaning shoulder to climate change victims.
I am a co-chair of Lilongwe District youth constituency, I was a male champion supervisor in AGYW project, I trained about 56 youth and offered them certificate under GO-GIRLS project by peace corps and final I am a founder and Executive director of Active Youth for Development and Innovation Organization operating in my community
Boniface Okello Ojas is a member of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition Advocacy Working Group, he is also the Founder and Executive Director of Karamoja Go Green a youth led grassroot organization dedicated towards building the resilience of the local people of Karamoja to losses and damages arising from climate change orchestrated disasters. At the coalition I have been involved in drafting open letters, carrying out both online and on ground compaign on the #LossandDamageFinanceNow. I’m currently in my final stages of accomplishing a Masters of science in Conservation Biology at Kampala International University, a course I took to help enhance my knowledge on how nature based solutions can be used to address the climate crisis.
At the steering committee in two years I would like us to be able to successfully build vibrant loss and damage finance compaigns and finance structures right from the grassroots upto the boardroom of negotiations inorder for us to be able to drive directly targeted campaigns with impactful outcomes both at national, regional and global platforms. The coalition should be able to hold country specific youth convening on Loss and damage to come up with a statement that can be used to develop a regional statement that will inturn inform the global youth statement on loss and damage that will be polished by the coalition team of negotiators and then present as a contribution to other collaborators and team of negotiators at the UNFCCC conference of parties. This will ensure we have country specific and regional specific statements and recommendations drawn from lived realities in these areas and thus the interventions when it come to project implementation will be inline with the needs of these different places. This will create an army and pressure group demanding for actions on loss and damage in different countries and we working collectively will create awareness around loss and damage and pressurize country negotiators to put it as the number one agenda to be tackled squarely. At the moment the LDYC have less clear and direct mechanism of active engagement with all of it’s members, in two years the steering committee should be able to come up with country specific and regional specific mechanism of actively engaging with the members. Members in different countries and regions can be organized into minute working groups that can work on their own country or regional specific topics, demand and interventions on loss and damage and these can be fed into the main working groups. The constitution of the coalition remains largely unclear, as the steering committee we should be able to successfully draft and present a governing document to the members who shall inturn accept and adopt it as the global coalition constitution. Project monitoring and Evaluation under the coalition is still a challenge as the steering committee we should be able to draft and put forward for adoption clear project monitoring and Evaluation framework to be followed by any project under the coalition looking forward. We should also be able to come up with a software or online tool for project monitoring and Evaluation Standard operating procedures as well as the coalition code of conduct for members in meetings, calls and gatherings or convenings should be documented and shared with all the members. In two years I also envision a coalition with empowered members in all countries in the world actively engaging their duty bearers to prioritize loss and damage related issues and interventions.
I have been in leadership position right from my early years in schools. At campus l served as the president of our chapter association. After my Bachelor’s degree I spearheaded a team that drove the Karamoja Go Green Campaigns that later got organized into an organization in 2020. I have represented my region of Karamoja in different platforms like the conference of youth and Mock COP27 where I delivered a statement on the status of Karamojong people dying of starvation because of the devastating impacts of climate change in Karamoja. Earlier this year I represented Uganda as a delegate to the Youth Energy Summit and African Energy Forum 2023 that happened in Nairobi Kenya. I have also represented my region Karamoja in the just concluded Just Transition Summit that was held in Kampala. I’m also the Founder and Executive Director of Karamoja Go Green a youth led community based organization dedicated towards building resilience of the most vulnerable group of persons especially teenage mothers persons with disabilities youth out of school women and girls to climate change orchestrated disasters like famine and drought through targeted flexible courses on alternative Livelihoods and production skills to help them generate some extra income to cushion them against hunger from crop yields failures.
Clive Donnley Omondi, Kenya
Peace M. Karnkeh, Liberia
Wycliffe Mponin, Kenya
Brian Matara, Kenya
I am a climate activist and a youth climate policy advisor working to advance social and environmental justice by addressing systemic injustices and building a more equitable and inclusive society based on transnational governance. My work includes advocacy, action implementation, and policy reforms on climate governance and human rights. For close to five years, I have developed a track record of successfully advocating for policy change and implementing sustainable solutions in complex environments with a unique perspective on climate diplomacy and decision-making processes, as I have been able to contribute to the quantification and evaluation of climate and human rights policy indicators. I have also worked on numerous research and policy initiatives that have influenced local and national policy choices, including tactics for climate adaptation, through projects that bring together civil society organizations and the private sector to identify and implement sustainable solutions.
As a Youth Climate Policy Advisor, my selection for the committee promises an impactful contribution based on my expertise in climate policy analysis, advocacy, disaster risk reduction, and environmental peacebuilding. I aim to shape robust strategies that empower communities and nations to enhance climate resilience. My vision aligns with the Loss and Damage Coalition’s goal of addressing the climate crisis’s devastating impacts. By leveraging my knowledge, I aspire to craft policies that bridge the gap between mitigation and adaptation, creating holistic resilience frameworks. Success for our committee would be a multifaceted achievement focused on implementing adaptive policies informed by scientific insights and community engagement. Leveraging on my experience in multilateral cooperation, I would enhance the committee’s commitment and the organization’s efforts in fostering international cooperation, securing resources for vulnerable regions, and championing innovative financing mechanisms. I envision the success of the organization manifesting in tangible changes by enhancing the resilience of communities and ecosystems and also mapping clear, proactive early warning mechanisms aimed at reducing loss and damage. Working as a team, I believe we can epitomize a youth-led, science-backed, and action-driven approach, paving the way for a climate-resilient future.
My journey in youth leadership roles has been defined by a deep commitment to climate action and community development. As a Youth Climate Policy Advisor at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, I honed my expertise in crafting climate policies that prioritize sustainability and equity, drawing from my experiences coordinating Fridays for Future Kenya. In this role, I mobilized youth for impactful climate strikes and advocated for systemic change.
Simultaneously, as a Youth Ambassador for the 1 Million Youth Action Challenge, I engaged with global youth leaders, fostering collaboration and innovative solutions for climate challenges. My role as Kenya Team Lead at the Atlas Movement further strengthened my community development skills by initiating projects that address local environmental issues.
These experiences have equipped me with a holistic understanding of climate issues, youth empowerment, and community resilience. I am eager to continue this journey, leveraging my expertise to inspire and mobilize youth for a sustainable and equitable future.
Peace M. Karnkeh is a Liberian youth climate young professional and consultant, administrator of the Liberian Youth for Climate Actions (LYCA). Chairman of the Academic Committee University of Liberia undergraduate Public Health Department, graduate of the FXB Climate Advocacy Program, graduate of the Lustinianus Primus and am International Institute of Humanitarian Law. Am a member of YOUNGO, member of the Advocacy Working Group of the Loss & Damage Youth Coalition, member of Global Youth Coalition and a Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group Member at the UNDRR. Passionate about Disaster Management Adaptation, Loss and Damage and Ecosystem Restoration. Peace M. Karnkeh has participated in many national and international conference such as International Youth Diplomacy Conference (IDYC) Liberia NDC consultation, LCOY-Liberia, COP27, COY17, etc, awareness and campaign on climate. Peace M. Karnkeh is a researcher and co-facilitator of the scientific paper “Assessment of the implementation of safe school protocol on coronavirus among secondary school students in Joe-bar, Paynesville City”. Being a loss and damage enthusiast, a researcher and innovator, I will coordinate perspective of different issues with respect to the context of loss and damage to not only champion the issue but coordinate with the executive to provide skills and opportunities. My vision is work collectively Sub-Saharan Youths to create opportunities, and have their views and ideas inclusive of the planning and designing of programs to scale global impacts.
These will be achieved by:
1 having regular engagements with Youth from Sub-Saharan Africa by creating a platform for dialogues and exchange of ideas on issues.
2. Conduct a knowledge assessment to identify gaps for capacity development in the context of loss and damage.
Understandably, I think the LDYC should have a new shift of developing its members into young professional and in the context of loss and damage. It will be a an accomplished to see Youth from Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the World nurture as young professional in the climate change sector with bankable solutions to drive actions. My understanding is shifting the paradigm to having members of LDYC as Climate Diplomat to influence policy and to negotiate for the solutions they want. I think in the next two years, we can involved technology to quantify the impacts of climate change by conducting risk assessment to have primary data per country or region to informed and influenced decision-making. Most importantly, to setup a regional youth panel that will support youth-led resilient and adaptation projects.
As an administrator for the Liberian Youth for Climate Actions from 2020 to present, it has given me the opportunity to learn and work with young people in the field of volunteerism. I have learned to be more accountable to my team, committed and dedicated because that’s the only way the will exert efforts to cause the change you want to derive. I have learned the difference between followers and leaders in the context of taking responsibility for your actions and setting the examples for others to follow them making excuses.
I spent few years of my life surrounded by trees in a small town in Kilgoris,Narok county, so, while I understood the importance of forests, Approximately 3billion people depend on burning solid fuels or kerosine to meet household energy needs. However, my perspective changed when my family travelled to Maasai mara National reserve. As I stood in the middle of a forest filled with trees 90 feet tall, I realized tha forests are special and each one is unique. Each forest has its own ecosystem, plant and animal life and beauty. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of not just forests, but also everything nature has to offer— meaning that we need to keep our world clean and healthy. Since then, the environment, and thus conservation, has become one of my biggest interests.
When I first came to college in Nairobi last fall,I knew that I wanted to join an organization that would do its part to fight for our planet. After a year of struggling to find a group who shared my passion and determination, I came upon UNEP MGCY. Here, not only could I work to help the environment, I could also pursue my other interests of communications and health issues. It has been dream of mine for a while now to come to , NAIROBI, learn the tools of the trade at Kenya water Training Institute and begin a career in water engineering, specifically in conservation By working as a service provider this fall at UNV .org, I have the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with policymakers, the government and non-profit organizations who do incredible work.
While I have been to a few beautiful places in Kenya, there are still many, many more I want to explore. That is why being a volunteer at the UN is so critically important to me. Yes, this opportunity will strengthen my communication skills and advance my working knowledge of civil education and engagement programs, but I am here for a bigger purpose as well: keeping our environment as beautiful in 100 years as it is right now. Kenyan Forests’ works diligently to keep our plane healthy, and I am so excited to contribute in any way I can to this important cause, Reasons Why We Need to be Environmentally Conscious
It is critical to protect the environment so as to reduce the destruction of ecosystems caused by a myriad of anthropogenic activities. It is more of a moral obligation for humans to protect the environment from pollution and other activities that lead to environmental degradation. Importantly,
environmental degradation is detrimental since it threatens the long-term health of the animals, humans and plants.
Air and water pollution , global warming, smog, acid rain,
deforestation , and wildfires are just a few of the environmental issues that we are facing right now. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of the environment to make this planet a wonderful place to live. One does not need to put a lot of money to go green but simple changes in daily lifestyle is all that is required to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment .
a renewable energy enthusiast and Climate advocate. As a clean energy advocate I take action by working with renewable energy firms, to create access to clean energy, working as a solar/inverter system developer I have had the chance to accelerate the demand of solar energy by creating relationships that bridge the gap between stakeholders and also assess sites to determine if they’re suitable for solar equipment and develop strategic plans for sales territories to find new individuals to help go green. Previously as an energy and climate finance specialist for Stardard foundation I led analysis and managed institutional partnerships in clean energy finance.
My personal qualities include good relationship management, team work, interpersonal skills and initiative, effective communication skills (written and verbal), great analysis abilities, amazing oral and writing skills, attention to detail to identify key areas, strong knowledge of the energy industry, experience working with audits, strong knowledge of green certifications, good business strategy, cheerful and warm personality among others.
Brian Matara was born in Kenya, Kisii County. Professionally, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics specializing in Research and Data Analysis. He is a community strategist and organizer for change, creating awareness of SDGs, advocating for gender equality, and as a Climate Justice ambassador taking action towards a clean and safe planet. Brian is the founder of the ObbyPress Foundation which offers valued services to youth from different regions and communities. Brian is a youth leader and a young entrepreneur striving for Business-to-Business sustainable development, creating a conducive environment for the youth to progress in, and pushing for job creation opportunities for the youth in Kenya and to the world. What has shaped Brian as s person is the passion to effect change in the society, be a climate action champion and impact lives of youth towards taking universal action for improved societies. He has been shaped with life experiences, friends, and capacity building sessions that he has been able to attend. Currently, Brian is a community organizer for change, founder of ObbyPress Foundation which is aiming at imparting the youth across many issues affecting them. Brian is passionate about youth leadership, Climate Action, #SGSs and being at the front as the key enabler of the Global Goals.
Being an ambassador at the fellowship calls for more action, determination, and zeal to work collaboratively to realize global goals. One explanation is that Brian would be regarded to be an emissary because he wants to introduce and adapt other arranged negotiators with the stage that he love so much, that has opened such endless entrances of possibilities, familiarized me with such incalculable dumbfounding people, and has given me a top-notch preparation. Brian wants to stimulate other youth who are perhaps dubious about expecting making a climate movement is fitting for them, on the other hand, The course is great for him, and all that it offers of real value making it the spot for anyone, from all establishments, all experiences, and all areas of interests. This is because in this year’s fellowship, it will offer majors, and organizations in which anyone can find a sensation of having a spot and affirmation. Brian expects that in the program he will learn various ways of taking climate action and solving problems on climate change, he will take necessary action towards enriching my actions for improving our climate like; planting thousands of trees, creating awareness on emissions, safeguarding our water bodies, considering climate protecting economic activities. Brian would like to be a global speaker, an international delegate at the COP and COY Program, leading that space will open and unlock more opportunities to grow professionally to a limit that he is passionate about.
My good skills in speaking and communicating with many diverse people, youth, the elderly, and many other groups have increased my scorecard in promoting civic engagement. This has helped me articulate policies, ideas, and key opinions to strengthen leadership, decisions, and define responsibilities to constituents in democracy, rule of law, policy-making, Advocacy, and other issues affecting society. Possessing critical and problem-solving skills which have always placed me the upper hand in inventing new policies and solutions for solving problems and challenges in society. Creativity skills for Solving problems, promoting and fronting new ideas, and taking calculated risks for organizational, and communal gain will also be a valuable assets at the Conference. Promoting teamwork and working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve global goals. I have been able to develop leadership skills and administration skills which are key in pushing policies forward, in a diplomatic and tandem way. Being a researcher, a policy maker, and a seasoned debater of policies and bills, I am bringing vast experience in climate negotiation for financing, and tackling emergencies across the globe due to climate change. Moreover, being a climate ambassador, I understand what revolves around climate change and the ways we can affect our negotiations as a youth to fully have thick-thighed support in all our engagements.
Central & Southern Asia
Towrin Zaman Raya, Bangladesh
Yudhishtir Chandra Biswas, Bangladesh
Irfan Ullah, Central & Southern Asia
I am Towrin from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have been working in climate change for the past 3 years now at International Centre for Climate Change and Development. My expertise is in the area of climate change and loss and damage. Currently I’m involved in research on the policy landscape of loss and damage, and also the possible role of locally led action in the global goals of adaptation. I’m also involved in projects related to loss and damage having to do with non-economic L&D, and innovative instruments. I hope to build my expertise and skills by partaking in activities related to loss and damage and climate finance, and particularly publish and generate more knowledge and research on it.
I want the LDYC to have a strong presence at the global negotiator’s stage for loss and damage which includes transitional committee meetings and COP events. I also want ICCCAD to collaborate with LDYC to expand it’s youth activities and also support LDYC in youth related projects at the global south and LDCs.
As part of my job, I was part of organizing the youth-based programmatic activities at ICCCAD, called RISE, including workshops and webinars. Before this, I was an active youth at my university, being part of debating club. I also was part of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre as it’s youth delegates and participating in its many events to enhance my communication and negotiation skills. I am a staunch believer of the instrumental role of youth in navigating the political landscape of loss and damage globally and hope to take my determination forward in any capacity possible of me.
I’m Yudhishtir Chandra Biswas, a passionate climate activist and youth leader. Currently, I’m studying in class Intermediate 1st year at BAF Shaheen College Kurmitola, Dhaka. From Nurpur Union in Habiganj District.Cyclone Amphan in 2020 intensified my drive for climate action. In 2021, I joined YouthNet for Climate Justice and in 2022 September I have became its Global Coordinator, leading 300 youth activists from 22 countries in combatting climate change. My journey has been enriched by training from various renowned INGOs, including UN, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, UNDP, Save the Children, Plan International, and others. These experiences have equipped me to work effectively on climate change, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), energy prosperity, energy transition, and sustainable development. Beyond my work with YouthNet Global, I also have the honor of serving as the Executive Director and Founder of the South Asia Regional Chapter of Fridays for Future, the world’s largest environmental organization. Additionally, I am the National Focal Point for the UN-recognized climate youth organization, Mock COP. Looking ahead, my future plans are firmly rooted in climate justice, youth empowerment, and forging stronger international collaborations to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all.
I am founder of Sustainability Week Pakistan and a passionate social and climate activist with the ability to motivate and inspire individuals in identifying their potentials to continue and share the passion of serving others.I have a Master degree from United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security Bonn. He has five years of multi-sectoral experiences spanning from disaster risk reduction,climate risk insurance, climate change adaptation and resilience, community mobilization, water hygiene and sanitations, food security and livelihoods and from conflict triggered disasters to earthquake, flood response and sustainable development.
With the Steering Committee, our primary goal is to elevate the effectiveness and impact of the Loss and Damage Youth Collaboration (LDYC). We envision LDYC as a dynamic platform that amplifies youth voices and contributions in addressing climate-induced loss and damage. To achieve this, we aim for several key outcomes:
1. Amplify Youth Voices: We want the LDYC to serve as a powerful megaphone for young people worldwide, ensuring that their perspectives, ideas, and solutions on loss and damage are heard and valued at international climate forums.
2. Concrete Projects: We aim to initiate and support tangible projects that address loss and damage, such as community-based climate resilience initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and educational programs to empower youth and communities.
3. Measurable Impact: A successful mandate, to us, means that LDYC’s efforts result in measurable improvements in the understanding, prevention, and mitigation of climate-related loss and damage. This includes seeing real changes in policies, funding, and community resilience.
4. Inclusivity: We hope to foster an environment where the LDYC becomes more diverse and inclusive, reflecting the richness of perspectives and experiences of young people from different backgrounds, regions, and cultures.
5. 2-Year Vision: In two years, we envision the LDYC as a well-established and respected entity within the climate community. We hope it will continue to grow, collaborate with more partners, and inspire even more youth-led initiatives and projects worldwide. We aim for it to play a pivotal role in shaping global strategies for loss and damage, effectively advocating for climate justice, and driving practical solutions to protect communities affected by climate change.
Ultimately, our ambition is for the LDYC to be a force of positive change in addressing loss and damage, empowering young people to contribute to a more resilient and sustainable world.
As a founder of Sustainability Week Pakistan, a dedicated member of UNMGCY (United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth), and an active participant in YOUNGO (Youth NGOs), my journey as a young leader at international climate negotiations has been an incredible adventure filled with learning and action. Founding Sustainability Week Pakistan has allowed me to witness firsthand the power of collective action in addressing pressing environmental challenges. It’s been a platform to inspire and mobilize communities for sustainable change, emphasizing the importance of environmental stewardship. Being part of UNMGCY and YOUNGO has offered me a global perspective and the opportunity to engage with youth leaders from diverse backgrounds. Together, we’ve worked towards shaping international climate policies, advocating for ambitious climate targets, and ensuring that the voices of young people are heard and considered in decision-making processes. My journey has been a testament to the potential of youth-led initiatives in driving positive change in the fight against climate change. It’s a constant reminder that when passionate young leaders come together, we can truly make a difference and create a more sustainable and resilient future for all.
Eastern & South-Eastern Asia
Jefferson Estela, Philippines
Jefferson Estela is a climate justice and youth activist, community organizer, and freelance architectural designer. He has been part of youth, climate, and built environment-related campaigns focused on the intersectionality of the climate crisis and social justice. He is the Chairperson of the Committee on Environment of the Antipolo Local Youth Development Council in the community where he lives, Antipolo City, Rizal, and the co-founder of Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines (YS4C PH), one of the pioneer youth-led climate movement and campaign in the Philippines focused on humanizing climate action through activism and storytelling. Last year, he served as the Pacific Coordinator of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition, an international coalition of youth from the global North and South who have come together to demand action on addressing the Loss and Damage. He is currently the founding Convenor of Ilog Pasiglahin, a youth-led organization, and a campaign to revitalize Ilog Pasig as a green living space, cultural heritage, and alternative transport mode against the Pasig River Expressway. In 2021, he was named one of the five young Filipinos who made waves in climate and environmental justice by Greenpeace Philippines.
As a member of the Steering Committee coming from the most vulnerable region and country to the impacts of the climate crisis, it is an honor to accomplish tasks that will enhance youth engagement and representation in decision-making processes and international climate agreements. As well as developing and implementing programs that address the unique challenges faced by local youth in different locations. To achieve these objectives, I recommend establishing a Youth Resource Hub: A resource center for youth-oriented programs, resources, and support services relevant to Loss and Damage advocacy. Regarding a successful mandate, for me, it would look like a strong communications branding in terms of graphics and social media. As of now, LDYC doesn’t have that like Greenpeace or 350.org, and I hope that LDYC will develop this in the following days. In conclusion, in two years, I envision the LDYC as a dynamic force for positive change in climate space. It should be widely recognized for its innovative programs, its role in fostering youth leadership in climate advocacy, and its ability to bridge generational gaps. Moreover, I see the LDYC as a model for other communities striving to engage and empower their youth effectively.
I’ve been part of environmental advocacy since 2017, but it was in 2019 that I found climate space very suitable for my values as an activist. In 2018, I was elected as the Regional Convenor for Region 4A CALABARZON during the 12th National Youth Parliament, the highest policy-making body for the youth sector in the Philippines. In the same year, I was chosen to become a Greeenducator of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its youth arm, Greenducation Philippines. In 2019, a year later, together with my friends, we founded Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines (YS4C PH), the pioneer, leading youth-led climate movement and campaign in the Philippines focused on humanizing climate action through activism and storytelling. In 2020, I was chosen as one of the participants for the VICE Creators Summit: Climate Uprise, a mentorship program to support and amplify young creative activists and journalists in their fight for change. Then in 2021, I was one of the five young Filipinos who made waves in climate and environmental justice in 2020 by Greenpeace Philippines. Starting in 2022, I’m involved in the campaign against Pasig River Expressway as the Convenor of Ilog Pasiglahin. Through my contribution, we have convened meetings and lobbied with Sanggunian Kabataan, local barangay officials, city offices such as Pasig LGU, and other relevant government agencies regarding the Pasig River Expressway. Currently, I’m working as a Program Officer for a local youth NGO in the Philippines funded by UNICEF Philippines.
Northern Africa & the Middle East
Hafiz Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudan
Hafiz Ahmed is an Environmental Advocate, and he has an Honer degree in Environment and Ecology University of Khartoum. Through his volunteering with YOUNGO, he has been contributing to the NDC Working Group and Africa Youth Mobilisation for COP Campaign. In 2022, he also served as the Country Contact Point for COY17 Sharm el Sheikh. Currently, he is the National Focal Point for Sudan in the United International Federation of Youth (UN1FY), the official youth constituency of the Water and Climate Coalition, where he supported various youth climate initiatives. Hafiz has extensive involvement in numerous renowned organizations and youth networks including UNESCO Youth Groundwater Network, VHO, GYBN, and Chemicals & Waste Youth Platform MGCY. Born in AL Fasher, bred in Khartoum, and based in Kigali. He hopes to fight on Global South, to ensure no one is left behind and fair and equitable youth representation in climate decision-making processes.
As a candidate for the LDYC Steering Committee, I am wholeheartedly dedicated to advancing the mission and impact of our coalition. If elected, I will bring a high level of professionalism and dedication to the committee, working tirelessly to contribute to the success of the LDYC. With a strong belief in the power of collective action, I aim to accomplish the following with the Steering Committee:
1. Effective Decision-Making: I will champion the decentralization of the LDYC’s decision-making process, ensuring that the voices and perspectives of our diverse members are fully represented. By actively engaging with LDYC members at large, we can enhance inclusivity and participatory decision-making, fostering a truly democratic and representative structure for the coalition.
2. Strengthened Partnerships: Collaboration is key to achieving our mission. I will work diligently to establish and maintain strong partnerships with reputable organizations, institutions, and stakeholders working on loss and damage issues. By forging alliances, we can amplify our collective efforts, broaden our reach, and create sustainable change on a global scale.
3. Strategic Planning and Monitoring: I recognize the importance of effective strategic planning and reliable monitoring mechanisms. As a member of the Steering Committee, I will actively contribute to the development and review of the LDYC’s annual work plan and budget. Additionally, I will advocate for the establishment of robust monitoring systems that allow us to track and evaluate the progress and impact of our projects and programs. This will ensure transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement within the LDYC.
4. Regional Collaboration: Our strength lies in the diversity of our membership across eight core regions. I firmly believe in the power of regional collaboration. If elected, I will diligently engage with Regional Offices and Working Groups to facilitate effective communication, coordination, and knowledge sharing. By harnessing the unique strengths and perspectives of each region, we can foster comprehensive and impactful actions that address the specific challenges faced by different communities.
5. Youth Empowerment and Capacity Building: I am passionate about youth empowerment and capacity building. I recognize that our future lies in the hands of the younger generation. As a member of the Steering Committee, I will actively promote initiatives that empower youth, providing them with the necessary resources, training, and mentoring opportunities. By investing in their skills and knowledge, we can shape the next generation of leaders who will effectively address loss and damage challenges for years to come.
A successful mandate for me will be characterized by:
1. Increased participation and engagement from LDYC members in decision-making processes, fostering a sense of ownership and collective responsibility.
2. Strengthened partnerships with organizations, institutions, and stakeholders, broadening our network and amplifying our impact.
3. Consistently effective implementation and evaluation of LDYC projects and programs, ensuring their alignment with our mission and goals.
4. Seamless collaboration between Regional Offices, Working Groups, and the Steering Committee, promoting synergy and fostering a unified approach.
5. Enhanced youth empowerment and capacity-building initiatives within the LDYC, nurturing the skills and leadership potential of young climate activists.
In two years, I envision the LDYC as a globally recognized and influential voice in addressing loss and damage. Our coalition will be at the forefront of the international dialogue on climate action, advocating tirelessly for policy changes and increased support for affected communities. Through our collaborative efforts, we will drive broader awareness and understanding of the urgent need to address loss and damage at all levels of society.
As a candidate for the LDYC Steering Committee, I bring a significant amount of experience in youth leadership roles. Over the years, I have actively engaged in YOUNGO, AYM4COP, Chemicals & Waste platforms, and UN1FY and positions (Selection Committee, Country Contact Point COY17, National Focal Point UN1FY, and RCOY Africa Organizer), that have provided me with valuable opportunities to develop my leadership skills and contribute to positive change within the youth community. Some of my key experiences in youth leadership include:
1. Youth Organization Leadership: I have held leadership positions within youth organizations such as (Volunteer HUB Organization, and Green Initiative) where I have been responsible for managing teams, coordinating events and initiatives, and representing the organization at national platforms. These experiences have sharpened my organizational and decision-making skills while honing my ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse groups of young individuals.
2. Advocacy and Youth Engagement: I have actively advocated for youth rights and environmental issues, organized 10 campaigns, and 21 workshops, to raise awareness and mobilize young people for positive action. Through these efforts, I have gained experience in mobilizing and engaging youth in meaningful initiatives and fostering our active involvement in decision-making processes.
3. Mentorship and Empowerment: I have a strong passion for mentoring and empowering young individuals. I have served as a mentor to fellow youth members, providing guidance and support in their personal and professional development. By fostering an environment of knowledge sharing and growth.
4. International Youth Networks: I have actively participated and represented youth in various international conferences and workshops, such as RCOY Africa, COY17, COP27, and UNWC2023. These experiences have allowed me to engage with global young leaders, sharing ideas and perspectives to address pressing issues and contribute to sustainable development.
Through these experiences, I have developed a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by young people today. I am equipped with the skills, perspectives, and drive required to effectively represent the voice of youth within the LDYC and contribute to its goals and objectives. I am ready to leverage my experience in youth leadership roles to advocate for the needs and aspirations of young people in tackling the complex challenges of loss and damage caused by climate change.