RCOY Central Asia regional youth conference discusses key issues on climate change
The Regional Youth Conference on Climate and Water in Central Asia (RCOY Central Asia) was held for the first time in Astana. Experts debated the topic of climate change at the regional level. They considered key issues in the run-up to COP-27 and COY-17 in Egypt and the UN Water Conference in 2023.
The conference welcomed about 150 young activists from Central Asian countries in online and offline formats, as well as representatives of central government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, and experts from think tanks. Representatives of the British and Egyptian embassies were invited as guests.
In the photo: Azamat Boranbayev, Head of the Department of the Committee for Youth and Family Affairs of the Ministry of Information and Public Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Ainura Islamgalieva, Specialist of the Economic Department of the British Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Zhibek Abildaeva, National Coordinator of the Stockholm+50 project of UNDP. Aisha Okusheva, Leading Expert of the Secretariat on Sustainable Development Goals of the Institute of Economic Research. Kamshat Tusupova - Advisor on Water Security Issues at Satbayev University, PhD. Gulmira Sergazina, Climate Change Project Portfolio Manager, UNDP Kazakhstan
Welcoming remarks were made by representatives of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Information and Community Development of Kazakhstan, UNDP in Kazakhstan, UNICEF program coordinators, SDSN Youth Kazakhstan
In recent years, global climate change has been observed both globally and in the Central Asian region.
As is known, in order to 'keep afloat' the goal of keeping warming within one and a half degrees, it is necessary to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century.
As it was mentioned earlier, Kazakhstan drafted a long-term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality 2060, which acts as an important strategic document for state planning that reflects the required/future major transformations of economic, technological and social nature.
Delegates from other countries, participants of RCOY Central Asia noted the importance of holding such events where all participants have equal opportunities to share their knowledge and experience on water and climate change issues.
The coordinator from Kyrgyzstan, Ch. Aitakhunova, noted that events of this nature should be held on a permanent basis in order to solve common problems together. The young activist added that, by working together, the youth of the region would be able to contribute to tackling climate change.
The lead expert of the Secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals, Ms. Okusheva, said that besides warming, all natural systems are unbalanced, which leads to changes in precipitation patterns, temperature anomalies and increased frequency of extreme phenomena, such as floods, droughts and forest fires. Successful adaptation to climate change depends not only on government policies, but also on the active and continuous involvement of other actors, including national, regional and international organizations, the public and private sectors and civil society.
К. Tusupova, Advisor on Water Security at Satpayev University, made a presentation on the impact of climate change on the hydrological cycle. She also noted that global warming leads to changes in the global water cycle.
At the end of the conference, a joint statement was made and key issues on climate change at the regional level were identified. "The United Youth Group of Central Asian countries further plans to send the results of this conference to the Global Youth Conference in Egypt," said S. Zipatollah, RCOY CA Coordinator from Kazakhstan.
The next step in the activities of this group of united youth from the region will be participation in the UN Water Conference to be held in New York in 2023.