Youth Mountain Forum 2018: Registration Open & Call for Contributions

Date: 09 August 2018
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Registration Open & Call for Contributions

Deadline: August 31st 2018, 11:59 pm (GMT+6)
The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute is accepting registrations and contributions for the Youth Mountain Forum – a pre-conference side event organized in partnership with UNICEF Kyrgyzstan. The Youth Mountain Forum will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on October 22nd at the G. Aitiev State Art Museum. To contribute to the discussion of sustainable mountain development issues, UCA and UNICEF invite students and young professionals from Central Asia and Mountain Partnership countries of Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific to submit contributions addressing global change issues in context of the four thematic tracks of the World Mountain Forum 2018:  
  1. Climate Change Affecting Water and Energy in Mountain Areas
  2. Poverty, Food Systems and Agrobiodiversity 
  3. Resilience and Transformation in Mountain Communities and Ecosystems
  4. Investing in Mountains - Securing the Future

The Youth Mountain Forum is seeking to engage students and young professionals with strong interest and background in climate change and sustainable development to serve as Youth Ambassadors during the World Mountain Forum 2018. The Youth Forum will provide the young generation with an opportunity to discuss, share and promote their perspective on climate action and environment at the WMF 2018. 

Emerging drivers of global change are transforming mountain communities and ecosystems. The pronounced vulnerability of mountain people and ecosystems to the negative effects of global climate change make building adaptive capacity and resilience an urgent priority. Developing and identifying solutions to enhance mountain livelihoods and well-being in a sustainable manner must be built on inclusive, just, and environmentally friendly foundations to be sustainable in the long term. Children and youth play an important role in this process, being not only the beneficiaries but also active agents of global change. 

The Youth Mountain Forum 2018 will provide its participants with a global platform to bring the attention of policy makers, politicians and practitioners to challenges posed by global climate change. Moreover, it will offer an opportunity to generate tangible social and policy impact (in specific relevance to the themes identified for the World Mountain Forum 2018) across mountain partnership regions.

WMF 2018 is uniquely positioned to bring together policy makers and practitioners for the exchange of experiences, best practices, as well as development of integrated solutions to existing challenges to sustainable development in mountain regions. 

Contribution and participation
Statement of interest (350-400 words) including required documents (passport, resume) should be submitted using the conference website. All submissions must be made in English. In their statement of interest, applicants are urged to address one of four core themes of the WMF 2018 and provide a youth perspective on sustainable mountain development issues in the Central Asian and Mountain Partnership regions. Selected participants will be asked to present their ideas in a creative and out of the box format similar to “TED talk” format style. Participants are discouraged from pursuing a standard PowerPoint presentation format. To apply, please refer to the WMF 2018 website. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday August 31st, 2018, 11:59pm (GMT +6).

Interested candidates must be 14 to 28 years of age from Central Asia and Mountain Partnership countries of Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. Selected participants will be provided room, board and travel funds to participate in the Youth Mountain Forum. Applications from women and people with disabilities are encouraged.
Required documents
All adolescents under the age of 18 will be expected to be accompanied by a parent or a trusted and responsible adult guardian. If traveling without parent/legal guardian, participants must carry a permission to travel document.   
  • Copy of passport
  • Current resume
  • Statement of interest (350-400 words) 
  • Summary of capstone project, Master’s thesis, PhD dissertation (optional)
To learn more about the Youth Mountain Forum, please visit

Background Information on UCA
The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in over 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work, please visit:
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