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Climate change affects every aspect of human life and the environment. The impacts of climate change in combination with human dependence on the environment have created a number of challenges to people, their health, and their livelihoods. Like other aspects of human lives, food systems around the world are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Changes in weather patterns, extreme weather events, and slow-onset processes negatively impact the productive capacity of crops and can ultimately impact food security and nutrition.
Youth play an important role in acting toward intergenerational justice, equity, and resilience, especially in the face of widespread climate change that threatens their future. However, youth face a number of challenges in engaging with climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, including a lack of awareness and access to relevant institutions and processes, youth inclusion in policies and plans, and knowledge and capacities. Creating awareness, developing innovative solutions, influencing youth engagement for transforming food systems and enhancing resilience to climate impacts is significant to address the upcoming challenge of food insecurity. The role of youth in transforming food systems into resilient food systems and enhancing resilience to climate impacts is significant. Climate action can be more inclusive, participatory and multi-stakeholder driven by including and recognising youth engagement in Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans. Youth by becoming a part of climate action can help shape policies, plans and strategies related to climate adaptation and resilient food systems.
SLYCAN Trust works with youth and other key stakeholders to identify gaps and needs for enhancing youth engagement in climate processes, including NDCs and NAPs. This year International Youth Day focuses on transforming food systems through youth innovation for human and planetary health. To commemorate the International Youth Day, SLYCAN Trust with contributing organisations and experts is organising an Independent Dialogue on Youth Engagement for Climate Action and Resilient Food Systems.
Register for the Dialogue https://s.surveyplanet.com/f798zqq2