ASEAN Young Peacebuilders for Climate Action Programme 2017

ASEAN Young Peacebuilders for Climate Action Programme 2017

Deadline: May 26, 2017

The Young Peace-builders for Climate Action aims to strengthen the role of young people in promoting sustainable environmental development in peace-building and governance processes, enhance awareness and develop the potentials of young peace advocates as future leaders in community-based disaster risk reduction and management, climate change adaptation, and conflict prevention. This accelerator program seeks to gather thirty (30) fellows, ideally between 18-25 years old, from the ten (10) Southeast Asian countries on July 26-31, 2017 in Quezon City, Philippines.

The rigorous program will specifically target fellows from conflict-affected and disaster-prone areas in Southeast Asia and capacitate them with the skills and knowledge they need to take action on issues related to climate change and disaster management. It is co-organized by the ASEAN Peace Project, Green the Gene and Project Ready with support from the East-West Center, Cultural Vistas and U.S. Mission to ASEAN under the 2016–17 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).

Program Objectives

  • Promote environmental peace-building as a substantial component for community-based disaster risk reduction and management for conflict-affected communities in Southeast Asia;
  • Provide participants with practical knowledge, skills and materials on the “threat multiplier” effects and the complex and dynamic interrelationship between armed conflicts and natural disasters in the context of the Southeast Asia;
  • Gain insights from the experiences of Philippine civil society organizations, local government agencies, and local communities that are actively engaged in disaster preparedness and peace-building activities;
  • Develop the digital and technical skills of the participants using online tools to communicate issues related to disasters and climate change, as well as existing efforts from different stakeholders to prevent and mitigate them;
  • Raise the awareness of the fellows on the important role of public policies and governance processes in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and peace-building;
  • Create a network of emerging peace-builders in Southeast Asia who will conceptualize and mainstream innovative community-based disaster management projects for conflict-affected communities in partnership with different stakeholders, including the governments, schools, business groups, and media, among others; and
  • Facilitate actions and exchange of best practices at the local, national and regional levels that fellows can use in sustaining disaster management and peace-building efforts in their respective home communities.


All applicants for the program must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of the program;
  • Be able to demonstrate their commitment to peace-building, environmental protection, disaster management and/or social entrepreneurship;
  • Be currently a full-time undergraduate or graduate student; recent graduate of college, university, or other institutions of higher learning; or young professional who has recently joined the workforce;
  • Be a resident of conflict-affected or disaster-prone areas in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted until May 26, 2017, Friday, 23:59 p.m. (ICT). Late or incomplete submissions will not be entertained. You should be able to find the answer to most of your questions in the application requirements and the FAQs. Please read them carefully. If you still have some questions after reviewing these documents please email organizers at: [email protected]

For more information, visit Young Peacebuilders for Climate Action.