Problem to be Addressed
The problem that this proposal aims to address is the weak position the region has in terms of climate change policies, and its youth participation, amidst its pursuit for economic prosperity. This is largely due to inept political commitment, unsustainable industry practices and the lack of capacity needed to drive grassroots initiated bottom up changes.
Background for ASEAN Power Shift 2015
During the UN Climate Negotiations in Lima, Peru in 2014, it came to the attention of the Singapore Youth Delegation that youth in Asia, especially those that are from the ASEAN member countries, have a weak presence in these negotiations. This was an obvious observation given the lack of participation of NGOs from the region.
Also at the same time, despite the fact that in the past few years, the ASEAN Community has highlighted that need for combat climate change by the region’s political leaders at their regional meetings, this was not aptly reflected by their representatives at the climate negotiations. Instead, it seems that the region’s representatives did not have a common position and lack interest in the process.
This situation isn’t new. It is an on-going problem that existed even before the climate summit that was to determine the second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol back in 2009, the climate summit that was held in Copenhagen. The repetition of this problem resides mainly in three key areas:
First, it is the lack of capacity. While there have been an increased efforts in the local, regional and global communities to help the region’s capacity, it is still far from sufficient. This is especially so in the grassroots level, and that of young people who are passionate but are not able to get the necessary training. The lacks of capacity building are in the area of effective campaign actions, political negotiations state of play and its impact to the respective countries, and more importantly, the ability to communicate the issues to relevant stakeholders.
Second, it is the lack of resources. Young people around ASEAN lack the financial support to be part of the process, both at the global level as well as at the regional level. At the global level, it is an obvious sight that representative from ASEAN countries, particularly those of the CMLV nations, are hardly present. The other ASEAN 6 youth participation is only stronger if the conference is nearer to the region.
Third, it is the lack of focused or concerted effort. This is the most important factor of all. While the first two issues have been addressed gradually as the region grows economically, what is missing is an opportunity for the various efforts to be strategized, consolidated and focused. Because the respective initiatives are not strategically mapped in the larger scheme of things, the impact is significantly reduced.
Climate change is a global problem but requires regional solution. This regional solution would require regional stakeholder, especially young people, to come together and work closely with the government to offer a way forward. Given that the ASEAN member states are already working at the political to address this, similar efforts should be mirrored among the grassroots and youth organisation to effective combat the climate issues that will affect this region.
In view of COP21 later this year as a global milestone for the creation of a new international agreement on the climate beyond Kyoto Protocol, ASEAN Power Shift 2015 aims to empower and build a collective voice for the region. The team hopes to provide capacity building opportunities for ASEAN youth activists to be equipped with skills and knowledge in order to catalyse national and regional efforts in the climate negotiations.
Given that this will be a regional effort, all ASEAN member countries will be required to do so to truly have a regional strategy and capacity building for young leaders from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam through ASEAN Power Shift 2015.
With our existing network, we have successfully reached out to most of the ASEAN nation like-minded organisation to work together.
There are two types of beneficiaries in this initiative, direct and indirect, which will explain below in this document.
Direct – There will ASEAN youth leaders, who are carefully selected to represent their own country at this conference. They will be trained with the necessary skill set to share the message of climate change, project management skills, creative activism matters and also the political state of play on the negotiations in order to return back to their respective country to initiative community or local level projects.
Indirect – The many thousand others that these youth leaders will be consulting prior to coming for the conference. While consulted, they will also learn more about the ASEAN community and the regional climate efforts. And upon returning, the activities that the youth leaders will organise will also benefit their respective communities.
Commitment and Sustainability
At current, the ASEAN member states have the climate initiative and respective country have in plans briefly what they need for the region. However, many lack the support to improve upon these initial framework and implement some of the viable initiatives. Hence, this conference will build capacity from the ground up to support such efforts.
The organisations and youth leaders we are working with are existing climate champions in their respective countries and can be relied on to continue this effort. This outcome document of this conference of the region will be submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat. We will also be working to have an ASEAN youth delegation towards COP21 to ensure their presence is felt and be able to contribute constructively to the process.
The three other possible options identified to resolve the problems identified:
Multiple National Level Training
Advantage – Such solution would be able to get more participation collectively. It also helps to better focus the training to be local specific. The cost involved will only be flying key trainers to the respective countries to conduct the trainings, which will maximize the cost benefit based on dollars of beneficiary per head.
Disadvantage – We currently do not have a core group of youth leaders being able to organise such efforts. And we need them in order to translate the issue to their local language, something that do not have resources at this moment.
Advantage – This will significantly reduce the cost incurred. We will also be able to dial in international speakers and experts from further countries.
Disadvantage – This option lacks the personal touch and ability to deliver interactive workshop sessions. It is also limited to the internet connectivity and bandwidth of the country and software respectively. This will greatly reduce the participation interest.
Long Term Institutional Training
Advantage – This option will allow more in-depth training by subject matter experts especially in understanding respective country’s position and policy predicament.
Disadvantage – This option requires more time and financial resources in order to be implemented. These are things that we do not have at the current moment.
Therefore, we have decided to take on the approach of an ASEAN Power Shift in order to integrate most of the advantages on the respective other solutions. We will have the respective youth leaders be selected and conduct national consultation prior to convening in Singapore where they will go into negotiations and finalise a regional youth position on climate change. This will be the first of its kind.
As a follow up, the youth leaders will return to share the outcome, lobby their own government and educate the larger public on the issues of climate change based on what they have learned over the three days conference.
TRAIN – Build capacity for youths and young leaders from various sectors (civil society, governments and businesses) from the ASEAN region with critical information, knowledge and skills that would best prepare them for COP21
VOICE – Create a platform for discussion for the ASEAN youth and put together a regional policy position towards COP21
CATALYSE – Provide networking opportunities and partnerships for grassroots initiatives after the conference
Combined Regional Position – This document, an ASEAN Youth Paper on Climate Change, will be submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat as part of their regional climate change initiative. The respective ASEAN Youth leaders will submit the outcome paper to their own government. The document will also be given to the COP21 president for their consideration of the youth position
Trained Youth Leaders – The 300 youth leaders will be equipped with the ability to promote the efforts of the region, sharing of the common position they have came together and agreed upon, and more importantly, execute projects in their respective communities.
There are two key success criteria we are looking into, qualitative and quantitative.
+ The successful training of 300 Youth Leaders from ASEAN
+ Nationally consultation youth position paper from each ASEAN member state
+ A combined ASEAN Youth position paper on Climate Change
+ Greater understanding and critical awareness of the UNFCCC process in working towards a legally binding agreement on climate change
+ Outreach of about 3,000 youth in the region during consultation
+ Sharing of the learning by participants at through their respective social media tools
+ Post event community level initiatives by participants
Indicative Work Plan
Call for Youth Organising Committee (YOC)
Selection of YOC and Induction Programme
Securing of event venue
Source for sponsorship
Research; invitation of relevant speakers
Confirmation of country youth leaders
Facilitate respective youth leaders to do their national position paper
Confirmation of sponsorship
Seeking new funding
Marketing of conference begins
Confirmation of speakers
Confirmation of respective national position paper
Briefing youth delegation
Working with speakers on their presentation
Confirmation of actual event logistics and administrative arrangements
Recruitment of actual event volunteers
Finalise participants and delegates details
Finalise speakers arrival and departure schedules
Dry run of event
Actual event (final week)
Post event report
Follow up with respective youth leaders<
br />Review by participants
Management and Implementation Arrangements
Overall Management and Facilitation support
Mentor- Wilson Ang, ECO Singapore
Chairperson- Nor Lastrina Hamid, 350 Singapore
Supported by- Ang Jia Da, Young NTUC
Supported by- Victoria Yee, Young NTUC
Supported by- Victoria Tan, Young NTUC
Youth Organising Committee
Chairman- Nor Lastrina Hamid
Co-Chairman- Aisha Redzuwan
Secretary- Siang Yu Tham
Treasurer- Juliana Chia
Programs Head- Putera Zenata
Programs Team- Jing Ru Chong
Programs Team- Jordan Ong
Programs Team- Claire Ong
Marketing Team- Dorothy Ng
Marketing Team- Hui Yu Ong
Marketing Team- Gracie Low
Marketing Team- Candy Ko
Volunteer Team- Xiang Tian Ho
Volunteer Team- Siew Kin Lim
Volunteer Team- Wei Ching Ong
Admin Team- Jun Hao Wong
Admin Team- Tan Chia Wu
Youths from ASEAN Countries
Young leaders with grassroots and international experiences
Representative of established education institutions
Representative of established local civil society groups
Representatives of the Government
Representatives of Businesses
Internationally Established Civil Society Organisations
United Nations Various Bodies
Key and established players in the area of Sustainable Development
Green Collared Job Worker
Players in the green industry
National Youth Council
National Environment Agency
Energy Studies Institute
The ASEAN Power Shift 2015 (APS15) is a three-day conference that will be held in Singapore from 24 – 26 July 2015.
The event aims to bring together youths from the 10 ASEAN countries to a common platform where they have an aligned position towards the climate negotiations later this year in Paris (also known as COP21), learn about each other’s environmental initiatives and experiences, and provide networking opportunities to catalyse more ground up climate initiatives.
The programme will consist of two key tracks, namely Policy Track and Knowledge Track.
The policy track is primarily for youth leaders who have done their respective national level consultation and will be involved in working to have a combined ASEAN Position.
The knowledge track is primarily for youth leaders as participants, to learn and be equipped with the necessary skills to run follow up activities and initiatives in their respective countries.