Nazarbayev University hosted the Local Youth Climate Conference in Kazakhstan (LCOY Kazakhstan 2023) . The event plays a major role in the mission of YOUNGO, the official youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth Kazakhstan.
The annual conference brought together young leaders, researchers, and experts to engage in meaningful dialogues and collaborative actions related to climate change and sustainable development.
The conference featured panel discussions covering a range of topics, including climate change in Kazakhstan, assessing the impact of climate change on the water sector, local solutions for climate adaptation, the importance and future prospects of widespread adoption and use of green, sustainable, and modern energy in Kazakhstan, among others.
Aida Tabelinova, representing the Kazakh QazaqGeography, discussed the effects of climate change on the hydro-ecological system, proposing solutions. She emphasized the critical role of water in sustaining life and highlighted Kazakhstan’s vulnerability due to changes in the water cycle driven by regional and global warming. She proposed several measures to address water-related challenges, including canal modernization, evapotranspiration reduction, and the construction of underwater basin accumulators.
The conference featured a student exhibition of green projects, an art exhibition, and a climate-themed game called Climate Fresco, designed to enhance participants’ understanding of climate change and its consequences. One of the most notable outcomes of LCOY Kazakhstan 2023 is a collaborative statement prepared by Kazakh youth. This statement will be presented at COP 28 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, providing young individuals with a unique opportunity to actively influence global solutions to climate change.
LCOY Kazakhstan Empowers Youth to Lead Climate Action Effort