📢RECAP on youth engagement at the Third Asia and Pacific Energy Forum - DAY 2&3
On 19-20 October 2023, Youth for Energy Southeast Asia (Y4E-SEA), in partnership with BRICS Youth Energy Agency (BRICS YEA), successfully organized the 2nd and the 3rd day of the ESCAP Regional Youth Forum SDG7 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was under the Third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF3), where young energy experts all over the region gathered to discuss about regional energy issue and launch the ESCAP Young Expert Group on Energy, as an accelerator for a more impactful engagement with the youth to achieve SDG7 goal by 2030.
On the 2nd and the 3rd day, we met with multiple ESCAP and Member States’ Energy Officials, to share our youth perspective and mainstreaming on sustainable energy transition of the region. We are honored to meet Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Director, Energy Division, UNESCAP, and Dr Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director of ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE).
A significant moment for youth at APEF is the intervention by Ms Amira Bilqis, on behalf of Y4E-SEA and representing the outcomes of the youth side-event. She expressed the role of the youth on the transformation of the energy system, in alignment with the achievement of the SDG7. “Throughout this week, multiple discussions have been about the workforce needed to support the energy transition. Not only are youth an untapped resource, we are also one of the largest stakeholders in the ESCAP region, demand drivers and trendsetters of energy consumption. However, we need to be nurtured and involved in the ongoing plans,” Amira said.
The ESCAP Regional Youth Forum SDG7 had a substantial meaning to the youth engagement of sustainable energy movement in the Asia and Pacific region, particularly Southeast Asia. The event can be seen as an recognition from the Ministerial Declaration on the important of youth, encouraging the youth to participate in United Nations’ activities on SDG7 by increasing their engagement with youth-led energy organisation to provide recommendation on various energy-related aspects, such as education, capacity-buiding, policy advocacy on sustainable energy.
We would like to send our sincerest appreciation to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and BRICS YEA and all the young energy enthusiasts who attended the event for supporting our fruitful organization and activities. Let us have a look at these photos to have a brief recap on our successful forum!
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