Wednesday, 10 August, 2022
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Bangladesh joins Climate Action Champions Network; seeking applications

Bangladesh has joined the newly formed regional coalition named "Climate Action Champions Network" (CACN).

GenLab from Bangladesh alongside Observer Research Foundation (ORF) from India, Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) from Sri Lanka, and Institute For Strategic And Social Economic Research (ISSR) from Nepal, in partnership with the U. S. State Department of the United States Government, announced the launch of the CACN initiative.

Applications are now being accepted from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

GenLab is leading the programme components in Bangladesh with support from the U.S Embassy in Dhaka and inviting applications from all over Bangladesh. The application ends on July 15 (to apply & learn more: https://www.orfonline.org/climate-action-champions-network).

CACN aims to harness the potential of the youth in the region by bringing together 100 individuals from the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, for over 12 months to discuss and deliberate about creating a climate action vision for South Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

The objective of the programme is to inspire the South Asian young leaders to champion an ambitious climate action agenda in their respective countries and the wider Indo-Pacific region using an in-depth thematic understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Recently a pre-launch strategic coordination meeting among the implementing organizations took place in Delhi, India.

Representatives from all implementing organizations, respective country embassies, and higher officials from the U. S. Department of States were present during the meeting.

Ratul Dev, Executive Director of GenLab along with senior officials Ishrat Binte Rouf and Jahirul Islam Asif attended the meeting.

From the U. S. Embassy in Dhaka  Sharlina Hussain-Morgan, Cultural Affairs Officer, Public Affairs Section, led the team.

Upon successful agreement among the stakeholders & partners from five implementing countries, GenLab Executive Director – Ratul Dev commented on the initiative “This network will open a corridor for the Indo-Pacific policymakers and doers that focuses on climate change, sustainable policy, and green entrepreneurship.

To combat the adverse effect of climate change we must formulate policies & act together towards a shared goal.

This network will amplify that process by bringing together the doers of climate change from the Indo-Pacific region, said a media release on Saturday.

GenLab aims to support the South Asian community throughout the journey and much excited to lead the process when Bangladesh is one the most vulnerable counties affected by climate change” 

Aparna Roy, Fellow and Lead, Climate Change and Energy, at the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED) of Observer Research Foundation, India said the network aims to bring together numerous aspirational youth from South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region on a shared platform that would take a greater lead in shaping public debate and policy on climate change.

"Their ideas, strategies, and experiences will help build a strong community and network in favor of decisive climate action in one of the youngest regions of the world.”

The selected climate champions will be actively engaged in and advocating for climate action and creating a network of individuals/organizations that works toward climate change mitigation and adaptation.

A collaborative framework for a cohesive vision of climate action can help in shaping national and regional policies and in bringing about innovative youth-led solutions.

Prospective climate champions between the ages of 18 and 35, who are passionate about climate action, are encouraged to apply.

The selected cohort will hail from across a range of roles and industries, bringing together individuals from the public sector, private industry, academia, media, and civil society, to form a truly diverse cohort that can learn from varied perspectives.

The cohort will receive capacity-building workshops, expert mentoring, virtual sessions, high-level networking opportunities, two in-person conferences, and small grants upon successful completion of the program.