There are more than 1.5 billion people in the world between the ages of 10 and 24, the largest generation in human history. Approximately 70 per cent live in developing countries and 60 per cent in Asia alone. They will enter adulthood in a time of transformations in the economy, education, communication, demographics, technologies and the environment.
There is no greater stakeholder in creating a sustainable environment than the youth. In addition, youth worldwide have expressed their concern over climate change and other environmental issues with a passion for action. Despite this, their voices are underrepresented and too often unheard, especially at the national level.
Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN) is part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Tunza long-term strategy to engage young people in environmental activities as a National Youth Environment Network to synchronize the voice, mission, and power of the youth environmental movement in a country and to give them a just representation on environmental issues.
To make it historic on World Wetland Day, on 2 February 2013, NTYEN was officially launched and The Small Earth Nepal hosted as the Secretariat for NTYEN.
Empowering the youth leaders in environmental and sustainable development at the national and local level through research, training, action and decision-making processes.
Our Mission is to mobilize youths in action oriented activities, to share experiences, to develop a broad network and to unite youth voices for the environmental issues.
- To create a youth platform for national level actions for the environmental and sustainable development;
- To enhance youth capacity to deal with the emerging environmental issues and promote sustainable development.
- To share best practices and research opportunities to support youth leadership in a nation;
- To voice the often underestimated youth stake in environmental sustainability;
- To promote collaborative youth participation for awareness and advocacy and increase youth representation in decision-making processes at the national and regional levels.