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Mrinalini Sen

Jun 29, 2014
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Thank you. I support this proposal. However, I expect a detail plan from you. Thanks,

Angélica Lara P.r.

Jun 30, 2014
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Hi, Thanks for your proposal, I really like it. I would like to have more details about the youth ambassador for climate change and the attributions or activities that he/she will develop. Maybe another component could be promoting more participation of youth people trough the creation of proposals for adaptation or mitigation of climate change and the best one will be supported by the fund... i dont know... I just say it because I would like to see more participation by developing initiatives to combat climate change. Best regards.

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 1, 2014
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Hi @mrinalsen2013, Thank for your comment. Sure.. as we go..we will update the proposal. Keep an eye of the proposal. We hope you would promote the proposal among your friends and colleagues. Thanks.

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 1, 2014
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Hi Angélica, Thank you very much for you valuable comments and supporting the proposal. Youth ambassadors will be main faces of Climate Change awareness movement. At national level, they will work in collaboration with NGOs working on the same issue, work with governments to take actions on climate changes issues, influence government policies, etc. They will also work with different educational institutions and organize talks, seminars, training for students- mainly high school, college and university level students. At the International level, they will work with other national level youth ambassadors for an international level campaign, networking and other solidarity work on Climate Change issues. Yes, you are right, you suggestion is really interesting and I will add it as well. I believe all concerned stakeholders will work together and will have some priority working area. In this case, for these two youth ambassadors (each country) another responsibility would be to oversee NGO's activities of adaptation or mitigation of climate change in a particular country. I am looking for more comments and suggestions from you all, so that we can develop an innovative proposal that will have the potential to make a difference for everyone in the world. Thanks a lot.

Crowd Watch

Jul 1, 2014
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Thank for the proposal. We support this proposal. We demand the UN should declare the 'UN Decade for Climate Change Awareness and Research’ (2016-2025). All the best. Crowd-Watch

Ypard France Representatif

Jul 2, 2014
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Very interesting but I think that before 30 young people are not ready to undertake such a role. My advice would be to take into account some networking. CGIAR are doing very good job through CCAFS research programme. I stay available to continue with further discussions, Kind regards

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 2, 2014
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Hi YPARD, Thank you very much for your comments. I am sure that you have noticed main objectives of this proposed youth platform. 1. Youth campaign for declaration of the UN Decade for Climate Change Awareness and Research (2016-2025). 2. Youth campaign for establishing the UN Office on Climate Change. I believe you would agree with us that challenges of climate change are huge. Governments, almost all UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs, educational institutions, research organisations- all are working on this issue from different perspectives. They are working on this because the human society is in danger now and we have to make the world livable for our next generations as well. If the UN declares the Decade for Climate Change Awareness, we would have more opportunity to work on climate change issues. All climate change related works will be done under one umbrella. CGIAR are doing really some very good jobs through CCAFS research programme and surely the Youth Ambassadors will be working with institutions like CGIAR or CCAFS. Networking for climate change research, campaign and advocacy would be their main jobs. You have mentioned your concern about the age of Youth Ambassadors. We just want to harness the 'Power of Youth'. We believe in the leadership capacity of young people. “Young people are the leaders of today, not tomorrow,” as Gro Brundtland said. However we are happy to increase the age limit of youth ambassadors up to 35 years as some countries define 'youth' as “every person between the ages of 15 and 35 years”. Having said so, I am sure we will have some experienced advisors to guide us on different issues. Please let me know if you have more questions or comments. I will more than happy to discuss our thoughts. Regards, Halder

Indrani Biswas

Jul 6, 2014
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This proposal is very interesting and focusing. I liked this and I support this proposal. Without the high level commitment you can not deal climate change challenges. Best of luck..

Stefan Pasti

Jul 7, 2014
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I support this proposal (“youth campaigning platform targeting the United Nations”; “Climate Change Youth Ambassador Programme”; “Regional Climate Change Journalism Award” etc) as this has the potential to be a key building block for solution-oriented momentum on the climate change issue(and other issues), and a training ground for future UN representatives, diplomats, representatives at summit meetings on many different topics, trade/industry representatives, etc. As noted by other commenters, there are other organizations (UNOY Peacebuilders is another) who are working along similar lines at the international level. Given the unprecedented nature of the task of resolving the climate change issue, and where we are in regards to resolving it, there is certainly room for more partners in building up numbers and momentum for youth involvement in climate change, and other issues. Two Suggestions for Resources I have two additional suggestions for resources, in relation to Comment #4 (above), where Proposal Creator Buddhadeb Halder says: “Youth ambassadors will be main faces of Climate Change awareness movement. At national level, they will work in collaboration with NGOs working on the same issue, work with governments to take actions on climate changes issues, influence government policies, etc. They will also work with different educational institutions and organize talks, seminars, training for students- mainly high school, college and university level students.” 1) Focus the Nation Buddhadeb Halder may already be aware of the “Focus the Nation” efforts in 2008—but if not there is a model for the work which “Youth Ambassadors” could do in educational institutions. (Note: There could easily be a number of organizations doing something like this now, that I am not aware of. If so, such organizations would be key organizations for partnerships to carry out “teach-ins” etc. associated with Climate Change Awareness. From the “About Focus the Nation” section of the “Focus the Nation” website (see http://www.focusthenation.org/about ) (confirmed October 20, 2009—specific text no longer accessible on the Internet, per search on April 3, 2011) “Our 2008 Civic Engagement campaign organized 1900 climate change teach-ins on college campuses on Jan. 31, 2008, engaging 64 members of Congress in direct dialogue with youth activists during the height of the early presidential primaries. Between teach-ins and web-casts, we directly engaged more than 240,000 people in climate change educational forums. The teach-ins generated more than 900 press hits, including articles in TIME, Grist, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, USA Today, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and nearly every major daily from the Houston Chronicle to the Boston Globe.” As corroboration, here is passage from the Wikipedia entry of Eban S. Goodstein (in section “Green House Network” at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eban_Goodstein (confirmed August 5, 2011 ) “In January, 2008, over 1900 universities, schools, and civic groups nation-wide participated in what amounted to the largest teach-in in U.S. history, involving over a million people in an event designed to educated and engage Americans in a discussion of global warming solutions.” 2) Tipping Point Action: Citizen Participation in Times of Unprecedented Challenges There are possible links/connections between this “Youth Action on Climate Change” and my proposal ) “Tipping Point Action: Citizen Participation in Times of Unprecedented Challenges” in the “Shifting Behavior in a Changing Climate” contest. Here are two passages which highlight a key potential connection: a) From the “Summary” section “The primary goal of the Tipping Point Action Campaign is to encourage citizens from every variety of circumstances to help create, become involved, contribute to, and participate in one or more of the thousands of Community Visioning Initiatives (or similar stakeholder engagement/collaborative problem solving processes designed to maximize citizen participation) which will be needed to exponentially accelerate solution-oriented activity at this critical time.” b) From the “What actions do you propose” section “What would an educational curriculum look like—for preparing survey specialists, resource coordinators for Neighborhood Learning Centers, and organizers/facilitators for Community Visioning Initiatives (and other stakeholder engagement/collaborative problem solving approaches)—if it was to be delivered in training modules similar to the kind used when the Peace Corps was scaled up?” Thus, Climate Change Ambassadors, in their work with educational institutions, could: --advocate for, support, and help establish curriculum for training people who will help organize and implement Community Visioning Initiatives --and become, through such training, people who will help organize and implement Community Visioning Initiatives

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 7, 2014
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Hi Stefan, Thank you very much for you valuable comments and suggestions. Frankly speaking, I was not aware of the “Focus the Nation” efforts in 2008. And you are right that 'there could easily be a number of organizations doing something like this..'. In fact the idea of ‘Youth Ambassador’ is one of my old ideas (back in 2007) that I planned and implemented for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. So, I believe that some other organisations are also doing almost the same thing. However, ‘Focus the Nations’ did a great job. The engagement level was really high! It is really inspiring and I would love to look at their work once again. And yes, you are right! As I read your comments (2a and 2b) that you have quoted from your own proposal, I believe there are some links between both proposals as some of our core ideas are same. So, let’s see what happens.. most probably we will be in a position to collaborate our work. Thank you once again..

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 7, 2014
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Hello Crowd Watch and Indrani, Thank you very much for supporting the proposal. @Indrani, you are right- Without the high level commitment we can not deal climate change challenges. Thank you once again.. please promote this proposal if you really believe that this proposal has the potentiality to make difference! Regards,

Tony Marcos

Jul 7, 2014
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This is very innovative and thoughtful proposal. This proposal has touched some main and important issues. Without the high level of commitment, you will not be able to tackle Climate Change challenges. Only youths have the power to make an impact and this proposal talks about the same. All the best.

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 8, 2014
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Hi Tony, Thank you very much for your inspiring comments. Yes, you are right! I wanted to raise those core issues that I feel really achievable. It will be a true youth-led action oriented campaign to make a real difference and help deal climate change challenges if we succeed to do so that I mentioned in the proposal. Thank you once again. Please promote the proposal among your friends and colleagues.

Juliet Vedder

Jul 8, 2014
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It is a revolutionary proposal. The campaign slogan of this proposal is truly important. I feel this is the right time to raise such issues. The UN should constitute the UN Office to manage all Climate Change works and to show the importance of dealing climate change, the UN should declare the ‘UN Decade on Climate Change Awareness, Education and Research’. This will send a signal to all governments, NGOs and INGOs and educational and research institutions, so they can take necessary steps to deal the biggest challenge.

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 8, 2014
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@julietvedder, Thanks a lot for your comments. Yes, your understanding about the proposal is absolutely correct. Thank you once again. Please promote the proposal among your friends and colleagues.

Jagoo India

Jul 10, 2014
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Hi, This is really a smart proposal! Loved it. Yes, without the political will you can not deal challenges of Climate Change! Keep it up. We are you you.

President Uphar

Jul 12, 2014
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Dear Halder, Thank you very much! You talked about '1) the UN to declare the ‘Decade for Climate Change Awareness, Education and Research (2016-2025)' and 2) to establish a full-fledged United Nations agency- the ‘UN Office on Climate Change’. This is what I felt extremely needed. This is the urge of the time! Secondly, the time line- you wrote, '1. International Campaign urging the UN in it's 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) (15-28 September 2015) to declare the ‘UN Decade for Climate Change Awareness and Research (2016-2025)' starts Nov-Dec 2014. 2. First Climate Change Youth Ambassador Conference during COP 20, Lima, Peru (1-12 December 2014) discussing and setting up the further Youth Action Plan for Climate Change. 3. International call to create fund for the 'UN Decade for Climate Change Awareness, Education and Research'. 4. Target UN, EU, G7 Leaders and other World leaders and get assurance for funding during COP 21 Paris.' and so on... This is how you should do some realistic plan. I would be more than happy to support your proposal and future action you would like to implement.. Once again, thanks a lot.. All the best for this wonderful proposal..

Aneri Patel

Jul 14, 2014
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I wanted to point you to two other similar youth groups focused on amplifying youth voices in the UN Climate dialogues: Student Energy: http://www.studentenergy.org/ and SustainUS: http://sustainus.org/ Best of luck!

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 14, 2014
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Hi Aneri, Thanks a lot for your comments. Yes, they are really doing good jobs by amplifying youth voices in the CC Dialogues. However, it does not look that they are demanding the UN to declare: 1.the 'UN Decade for Climate Change Awareness, Education and Research (2016-2025)' and 2. the 'UN Office on Climate Change'. We believe that without fulfilling these two demands we can not deal climate change challenges. I would be more than happy to discuss further or work with these organisations. By any chance, do you know them or would you be able to introduce me with them? Regards, Halder

Aneri Patel

Jul 15, 2014
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Hi Halder, I know SustainUS, and happy to connect you. I believe both will be at the Climate Summit at the UN in Sept. In addition, Student Energy is very involved in the UN decade of Sustainable Energy for All (www.se4all.org), which has a strong mitigation focus in doubling renewable and efficiency levels world-wide. Best, Aneri

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 15, 2014
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Hi Aneri, Thanks a loot. This will be really excellent. I will send you my email in a direct message. Regards, Halder

Timothy Damon

Jul 16, 2014
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Hi Halder, Well organized proposal - I particularly support the idea of Youth Ambassadors. Consider that a few countries (e.g., the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden) have a practice of selecting and including official youth representatives on their party delegations to the UNFCCC. The USA does not do this, sadly. I know many young people who have the skills needed to fulfill such a role, and ideally every country should have them and they would hold parallel meetings as you suggest. This is a kind of empowerment youth really need. Also, SustainUS was mentioned above: I'm actually with SustainUS as a youth delegate to COP20 (have also been to COP17, COP19, and the June Intercessional in 2013). We should definitely connect. Best, Timothy Damon

Fahim Hassan

Jul 20, 2014
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Great initiative. Our team would love to contribute to your proposal by sharing our research results. Link of our project: https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300210/planId/1309017

Linh Do

Jul 31, 2014
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This looks good, but is it much different to UNEA? And this really just the amalgamation (and potential coordination) of many other existing initiatives?

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 31, 2014
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@timdamon, Thank you very much for supporting this proposal. I am looking forward to work together. Let's see the outcome of the Semi-Finalist selection. Regards, Halder

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 31, 2014
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@fahimhassan, As I said, I would really love to work with like-minded people and with organisations working for same goals. So, let's wait for the outcome of the Semi-Finalist selection. Regards, Halder

Buddhadeb Halder

Jul 31, 2014
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@lmdo, Thanks for your comment. My proposal talks about the decade of Climate Change Education (primary goal) and also talks about UN Office on Climate Change. Yes, there are several UN Organs working on Climate Change issues. However, UNEA is the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that happens under the UNEP. I am talking about a full-fledged UN Office that would work on predominantly Climate Change issues. Please support us and do promote this proposal. Regards, Halder

Secretary Uphar

Aug 11, 2014
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LOve this proposal.. this is what we need to deal climate change.. all the very best for the proposal..

Johny Dasa

Aug 13, 2014
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Excellent! we need something only dedicated to deal climate change as study shows Paris climate agreement won't limit global temperature increases to 2°C target. (http://globalchange.mit.edu/news-events/news/news_id/401) Thank you and hope you will make it! Best of luck..

Climate Colab

Aug 13, 2014
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Dear UPHAR, Thank you very much for your proposal on the “Youth action on climate change” contest. Your proposal was among the 15 which the Fellows pre-selected for the Judges but unfortunately it didn’t make it to the semi-finals. The Judges appreciated the fact that this proposal seeks to build up momentum for youth leadership on climate within the UN system. However, they felt that the proposal did not base itself on a strong enough understanding of how this system currently works (youth delegates for sustainable development already exist, for instance), and what its shortcomings are (e.g. to what extent have UN Decades achieved their goals). The proposal was clear and well formulated, but it did not make up for its - relative - lack of originality by delivering a solution well-tailored to the problem. Thanks again for your contribution, and best of luck in participating in future CoLab contests or taking this idea to other avenues! Best, Antoine on behalf of the “Youth action” fellows
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