IPB University Alumni Chosen To Be Indonesian Delegates in ASEAN Youth on Climate Action 2021

Two alumni of IPB University represented Indonesia in the ASEAN Youth on Climate Action Initiative (ASEANYouCan) dialogue last week. This dialogue involves youth representatives from ASEAN member countries.

They are Ikrom Mustofa (an alumnus of the Department of Applied Meteorology) and Pamela Ayu Andrea J.S (an alumnus of the Department of Forest Management). Both were chosen by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), RI as National Focal Points for climate change issues.

The election of Ikrom as one of the candidates is inseparable from his initiation in establishing the Climate Smart Generation Foundation. Ikrom is also active as a consultant in the field of climate and environment at PIAREA and is the Head of the Division at the Disaster Study Center of IPB University.

“The dialogue held by Brunei Darussalam is an effort to support the vision of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) 2025 for the ASEAN community. ASCC engages and benefits society and is inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic," he said.

According to him, ASEANyouCAN will serve as a platform for youth to share ideas and contribute to high-level decision-making or policy formulation in implementing the ASEAN climate strategy.

ASEANyouCAN will also provide a solid foundation for sustainable partnerships among ASEAN youth to engage more deeply
Meanwhile, Pamela, who is active in the field of climate change, is more critical in conveying youth advocacy in the national and global scope.
The State Civil Apparatus (ASN) at the Center for Climate Change and Karhutla Control in the Java Bali Nusa Tenggara Region, said that this dialogue could become a networking platform between ASEAN youth, the ASEAN Community and ASEAN dialogue partners.

“In general, this dialogue emphasizes several points of discussion. Among them are optimizing the role of youth in reducing carbon emissions, creating green innovations and Nature-based Solutions, as well as mainstreaming climate change in education and the wider community," he said.

As delegates from Indonesia, both Ikrom and Pamela actively convey ideas and good practices that have been carried out by Indonesia in general and individual initiatives in responding to climate change.
As a representative of the community group initiating climate action at the site level, Ikrom conveyed various good practices of youth in Indonesia which directly or indirectly have an impact on reducing carbon emissions as well as increasing community resilience.

“An example is the formation of the Climate Smart Generation Foundation which has activities and good practices in responding to climate change in the field of disaster. We have adaptive programs such as climate-smart schools, climate-smart children campaigns, and selection of climate-smart ambassadors," he added.

Not only that, Ikrom also added the importance of climate advocacy from youth groups to inspire others and to realize sustainable development in various fields.
In addition, Pamela as a representative from the central government also conveyed Indonesia's participation in responding to the impacts of climate change. Starting from discussing the ratification of the Paris Agreement, the Nationally Determined Contribution and its roadmap, as well as discussing the role of youth in various climate change policies at the national level to become more inclusive and sustainable.

"This dialogue is important for Indonesia because it can be a medium to convey the efforts and contributions that have been made by youth in Indonesia, accompanied by support for national and global policies," he said.

ASEANyouCAN produces the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration which will be read out at the ASEAN Member State (AMS) meeting. The Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration emphasizes the efforts that young people can take and emphasizes the importance of youth's role in climate change control measures, both mitigation and adaptation. This declaration is also an effort to fully support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). (**/Zul) (IAAS/SYA)

Published Date : 23-Oct-2021

Resource Person : Ikrom Mustofa

Keyword : Climate Change, Brunei Darussalam, Climate Smart Generation, Alumni, IPB University