Delegates from 10 countries to participate
Srinagar: Delegates from 10 countries, including host India, will participate in a Youth20 event on climate change to be held at University of Kashmir, Vice Chancellor Prof Neelofar Khan said.
“We are expecting 17 delegates from nine foreign countries to participate in the event. Four delegates each are from Russia and Indonesia, while two each are coming from the US and Brazil. One participant each is coming from Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria and Mexico,” Khan told reporters here ahead of the event scheduled on May 10 and 11.
She said the aim of the event was to generate good ideas that help preserve the climate and mitigate the damage done to it.
“We look forward to good interactions, we need very good recommendations so that we can preserve our climate and we can reduce all the man-made disasters that we are doing to our climate,” she said.
The vice chancellor said the theme of the Y20 event is ”Climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction: Making Sustainability a Way of Life”.
“For Y20 event, our university has chosen this theme to address the local issues of climate change and man-made disaster management. The university has many research articles published in national and international journals that show our expertise on the subject of climate change and glacier studies,” she said, adding all researchers, faculty scholars and students are involved in the organisation of the event.
Based on the inputs from these discussions, Khan said a communiqué will be prepared as an outcome document for the Youth20 Summit.
”The university has got a historic opportunity to host the meeting and all arrangements have been put in place to ensure its great success,” she said.
The vice chancellor said to make the event more inclusive and result-oriented, participants have been invited from universities across the Union territories of J-K and Ladakh.
The event will have four panel discussions on important aspects related to the theme of climate change. Khan said.
She said the meeting is an opportunity for the youth to come forward and share their ideas on how they could contribute to addressing and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
The theme of the meeting is “Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: Making Sustainability a Way of Life”, and it will be held under the aegis of India’s G20 Presidency.
Prof Khan informed that the theme for the meeting has been deliberately chosen in view of its high importance for the country in general and the youth in particular.
She said that the meeting is an opportunity for the youth to come forward and share their ideas on how they could contribute to addressing and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Vice Chancellor added that the ideas generated will eventually be taken to the G20 platform and shall contribute to policy making in critical areas. (With inputs from Agencies)