Within several decades, Sustainable Development has evolved from a mere slogan to a worldwide movement, including not only governments and international organisations, but likewise individuals, local communities and initiatives. Long-term concepts and mechanisms on the local level, developed and implemented by the people, are crucial to tackle today’s global challenges. Educated young people around the world have ambitious aims which can significantly contribute to engaged civic participation.
Asia, the world’s most populated and diverse continent, is severely affected by the impacts of climate change, water, food, energy and resource scarcity, and geopolitical tensions, rapid industrialisation and urbanisation. The Hong Kong-America Center (HAC) and the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia-Pacific of Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) are therefore conducting a webinar for passionate and engaged young people from all over Asia to deal with these challenges. With the guidance of experts, the participating teams are developing holistic and long-term solutions for selected challenges in their home region by applying local knowledge and experience.
The event consists of two parts. As an introduction to the topic, the participants engage in an online webinar course to discuss the implications and possible implementation of four selected UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG 7 – Affordable, clean energy;
- SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
- SDG 13 – Climate action
In the second part, the teams compile multimedia essays which they will present at a summit of the Asian environmental ministers. The Sustainable Asia project gives young participants a voice in the development of their future, and a place to tell their stories of how development has worked, or not worked, or could work, in their communities. It seeks to facilitate the exchange of perspectives and ideas across regions and cultures, incubate further development of solutions, and provide an online platform for the global recognition of innovation. The webinar not only equips the teams with a broad understanding of sustainable development and practical experiences in multimedia production, but also gives participants the chance to support their local communities, enhance their existing activities and build cross-border cooperation networks. HAC and KAS will make the final products available to the public, including a broad range of activists and political decision makers in Asia and beyond.