Youth Environment Meeting

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 27th January 2015

Theme: Investing in Natural Capital is Investing in Youth


As emphasized in the Future We Want outcome document from Rio+20, youth are “custodians of the future” and have an essential role in helping achieve sustainable development. If engaged and empowered, GMS youth have the potential to drive the changes needed to ensure a sustainable future for their own and future generations. 

A Youth Environment Meeting on 27 January was the primary focus of youth engagement during the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM4), complemented by the active participation of youth in the Natural Capital Dialogue on 28 January and also the EMM4 formal meeting on 29 January. The aim of youth engagement in EMM4 was to strengthen youth involvement in activities within the context of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program. 


Towards this, the Youth Environment Meeting would:

  • Bring together youth, government, and other environment stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the importance of youth in protecting and enhancing the subregion’s natural capital.
  • Build GMS awareness of the range and scope of youth environment actions in the subregion, showcasing and recognizing successful initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities to increase youth engagement in the environment through subregional cooperation.
  • Develop youth messages and inputs to the Natural Capital Dialogue and Environment Ministers’ Meeting.



File Name Size Modified
Youth Environment​-Proceedings.pdf 238 KB 19-06-2015
Youth Meeting Agenda.pdf 94 KB 03-02-2015
Smajgl​-MERFI​-Natural Capital in GMS.pdf 686 KB 03-02-2015
Tien Le​-GMS Youth Caravan.pdf 993 KB 03-02-2015
Plan​-Thailand youth presentation.pdf 805 KB 03-02-2015

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ADB News Release: GMS Countries to Strengthen Regional Cooperation on Food Safety, Agriculture

31st May 2018

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