Youth Climathon: Innovative solutions for the acceleration of climate action at the 11th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Organized by United Nations ESCAP, Hackathon Thailand, Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform, and Global Climate Action Partnership and Asia LEDS Partnership as an associated event to the 11th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), this climate action ideathon will engage youth from the Asia-Pacific region (ages 18-30) to develop practical, yet innovative, solutions to accelerate climate action. Solutions will fall under the following categories:

  • Electric mobility.
  • Climate smart agriculture and food systems.
  • Climate resilient/adaptive cities.
  • Natural ecosystem preservation.
  • Just transition.*

*The just transition refers to “Greening the economy in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible to everyone concerned, creating decent work opportunities and leaving no one behind.”

Selected youth will be grouped into teams of three and tasked to develop their solution over the period of one week. Then, after a pre-selection process, the top three teams will move forward for a final selection process at the APFSD. The winning team will have the opportunity to present their solution at the APFSD exhibition, with the potential for other future opportunities. The climathon will be divided into two segments: online and in-person. This portion of the climathon will take place online over the course of two days as an initial kick off followed by preparatory workshop sessions for participants. Following this, participants will develop their solutions and submit them online. For more on the in-person pitching session at the APFSD following this online segment, see: Youth Climathon: Innovative solutions for the acceleration of climate action at the 11th APFSD- Final pitching session | ESCAP (

What will participants get?

  • The opportunity to network and connect with peers from across the region.
  • The opportunity to learn from experts.
  • The chance to develop your own innovative solution.
  • The opportunity to learn more about climate action, collaborative processes, and pitching.
  • The finalist will have the opportunity to present to a panel of judges at the APFSD; the winner will present at the APFSD exhibition.
  • Post-event support and opportunities may be provided to help further develop the solutions.
  • All participants will receive a certificate.

How to register

Click the link below to fill out the application form. Applicants must be from an ESCAP member State, between the ages of 18-30, and proficient in English. No prior experience is required.

APPLY to participate by December 31, 2023

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