Launching of Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN)
To commemorate the World Wetland Day 2013 on 2 February, The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) organized a one day youth meets and officially launched Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN) at SEN hall, Buddhanagar, Kathmandu. There were around 20 participants and Mr. Jeeban Panthi (Research Coordinator, SEN) moderated the sessions with a warm welcome remarks. He thanked for NTYEN team for giving this opportunity to be the host organization for NTYEN and also highlighted on the World Wetland Day.
After a short introduction bt participants, Mr. Piyush Dahal (Program Coordinator, SEN) explained how the Ramsar Convention started and shared about the wetlands in Nepal. With the question, “Wetlands: Why are not Wasteland?”, Mr. Dahal urged for the conservation and protection of wetlands as they have very important role as the kidney of nature, natural sponges, wildlife and habitat for aquatic life, biological supermarket, protein supplement and food security, recreation and aesthetics.
Giving an overview on the UNEP’s children and youth networks, Mr. Sagar Aryal (National Youth Advisor, NTYEN-UNEP TUNZA) disseminated the information about engagement of young people in UNEP’s activities. He also highlighted on the activities that UNEP Tunza has been carrying worldwide and requested the participants to actively participate in UNEP TUNZA upcoming events.
In the special session of NTYEN, Ms. Kabita Gautam (Mentor, NTYEN and Program Assistant, SEN) made an official announcement of launching of Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN) in Nepal. She conveyed her gratitude to Mr. Dhiraj Pradhananga (President, SEN and Advisor, NTYEN) and SEN team for hosting and supporting NTYEN. She further explained how NTYEN will be working in coming days and shared the objective and mission of the network. She also updated the participants about the NTYEN in social media. She made an announcement for the application call for the youth board of the network and requested the enthusiastic young people who have keen interest in the field of environment to join the team to increase Nepalese Young People participation in UNEP’s program. She also focused on the importance of media personnel to strengthen the voice of youth.
Ms. Gautam shared the Rio+20 outcome document and requested the participants to comment and give inputs to position paper for UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) and Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) which will take place from February 16-22 in Nairobi, Kenya. She declared that February 2 will be celebrated annually as the anniversary of NTYEN with the continuation of such interactive event on Wetland Day and she hoped for the collaborative youth participation for awareness and advocacy and increase youth representation in decision-making processes at the national and regional levels.
Followed by the group photo session, the closing was done by Ms. Gautam by handing over the banner of the event to Ms. Anjani Joshi from Banners to Bag. “We will be handing over all the banners of our upcoming events to Banners to Bag”, announced by Ms. Gautam.