UCCRN Representative, Julia Eiferman, Presented a Session on Urban Climate Change Resilience to rising young Southeast Asian leaders in Siem Reap, Cambodia
UCCRN representative, Julia Eiferman, was one of 12 Americans selected to travel to Cambodia in April as a mentor for YSEALI Generation: Earth, 4-day workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Julia presented a session on Urban Climate Change Resilience in partnership with Soudachan Chanthalavanh from Vientiane, Laos. The workshop brought together 72 rising young leaders from the 10 ASEAN member nations to Siem Reap to address the complex environmental challenges facing the region and beyond, as well as the opportunity to cooperate on solutions to these challenges. In addition to the 72 participants, 24 young professionals, 12 from ASEAN and 12 from the United States served as ‘leader mentors’ – delivering sessions during the workshop, and providing mentorship to a group of young leaders from the ASEAN member nations.
The Workshop focused on five key areas: climate change, water stewardship, cultural heritage preservation, natural resource management and biodiversity through a series of lectures, interactive discussions and field trips around Siem Reap province.
In addition to their presentation on climate change resilience, Julia and Soudachan mentored a group of 6 participants who, over the course the of 4-day event, created an action plan for a plastic bottle recycling program through partnerships with high schools in Laos and in the Philippines.
The workshop was organized by the US-based NGO Cultural Vistas and the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (Siem Reap Campus) in close cooperation with the US Embassy in Phnom Penh. It was sponsored by the US Department of State and funded through a grant from the Embassy of the United States in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is a program launched in 2013 by US President Barack Obama to support youth who are concerned with economic development, environmental protection, education, and civic engagement in Southeast Asia. It aims to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN which is home to two-thirds of the world’s population and among the world’s fastest growing economies, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and young Southeast Asian leaders.