INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT “OUR SHRINKING WORLD”

26th – 29th August 2005
Melaka, Malaysia.Background 
“ Securing our common future will require new energy and openness, fresh insights, and an ability to look beyond the narrow bounds of national frontiers and separate scientific discipline. The young are better at such vision than we, who are too often constrained by the traditions of a former, more fragmented world. We must tap their energy, their openness, their ability to see the interdependence of issues……………
“ Our generation has too often been willing to use the resources of the future to meet our own short term goals. It is a debt we can never repay. If we fail to change our ways, these young men and women will suffer more than we, and their children will be denied their fundamental right to a healthy, life-enhancing environment. “
These words were spoken by Mrs Gro Harlem Brundtland, Chairperson of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) at the launch of the Commission’s monumental Report, Our Common Future, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 27 April 1987. At this ceremony, she presented copies of the Report to twelve young people from around the world who had testified before the Commission or helped it during meetings in their countries. This involvement of young people in tile launch followed through on part of the Commission’s original mandate: to seek especially the views of youth.
The issue of environment were, for many years, were dealt with in isolation They were artificially separated from the various social, political, economic and human
considerations. The time has come to look at environmental issues from a broader human perspective. The ultimate solutions to many of the environmental problems today lie in changes in human behavior and lifestyle. Each individual, no matter how
significant or insignificant in terms of resources use, can play role in this process.
Objectives 
Environmental issues present some of the most profound and complex challenges requiring attention today and in the coming decades. Hence it is important that a strong foundation be build to enhance local, regional, national and global capacities to respond to those challenges is increasing environmental awareness. Here the role of youth is central, for it is in the rising generations that heightened awareness can most easily be achieved.
Almost half of the nearly 6.4 billion people in the world are under the age of 25. At present, over 3 billion individuals or just over 50 per cent of the world’s population are children or youth. In terms of youth alone, there are 1.3 billion young people aged between 15 and 24. According to the World Youth Report 2003, almost 60 per cent of these young people live in the developing countries of Asia. Another 15 per cent are in Africa, and approximately 10 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean. About 15 per cent live in developed regions approaches to the problems facing them is greater than ever.
The World Youth Foundation recognizes this situation and regards young people as a major force for a better world. Thus their empowerment through effective and meaningful participation in decision-making is crucial. The idea of participation is based on our conviction that young people themselves are the best resource for promoting their development. They should be the architects and agents for change. In this new millennium, they can help us meet the challenges of the world’s burgeoning environmental problems.
  • To create awareness and encourage greater educational presence on nature/ environment.
  • To create a society which is equipped in managing crisis/disaster
  • To examine existing approaches and proven success stories on environment conservation, i.e. awareness and prevention programmes
  • In a world where the number of young people has become the largest in history relative to the adult population, the need to take urgent and ever more innovative To come out with innovative ideas on how to sustain the interest of youth on environmental issues which is affecting our daily lives
  • To make youths as environmental ambassadors in their respective countries
Executing Agency :
World Youth Foundation
In Cooperation With:
Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department Malaysia
Ministry of Youth & Sport Malaysia
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Ministry of Finance, Malaysia
Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage, Malaysia
Melaka State Government
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
United Nations Environment Programme Kenya, Arab & Asia Pacific (UNEP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
World Assembly of Youth
Yayasan Melaka
Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB)
Maxis Communications Berhad
Southern Waste Management Sdn Bhd
Shell Malaysia
Alam Flora Sdn Bhd
Congratulatory Messages: Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam
Welcoming Speech
Malacca Youth Declaration on Sustainable Development of Environment and Disaster Management
Global Warming:The Ecological Time-Bomb’s Ticking Is Increasing– Gurmit Singh
Flouting the Kyoto Protocol or just a better way? Exploring Australia ‘s response to greenhouse gas emissions – Mr. Sebastian De Brennan
ASEAN Cooperation On Disaster Management – Riena Prasiddha
Mangroves & Coastal Forest – A Malaysian Case Study – Lim Teck Win
Climate Change and Its Impact On Nepalese Environment
– Mr. Ram Charitra Sah
Why Environment Education is Important –
Ravindran Nair
Waste to Wealth –
Dr Sivapalan Katharivel
Youth Cooperation in Sustainable Development
– Ms. Ginny Ng
Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development In Malaysia 
Northeast Asia Youth Environment Network Draft Programme 2005 – Bo Young Rhim
Environmental Challenges In West Asia and How The Region’s Youth is Working to Address Them -Ibrahim Nouri Tala’ Al-Zubi
Disaster Mitigation: Effectiveness of Community Participation Approach –
Mr. Siddharta Dave
A Framework for Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in South East Asia
– Mr. Shesh Kanta Kafle
Disaster Management (NSC Directive No. 20) A Malaysian Perspective by National Security Division Prime Minister Department – Mejar Mohd Sakri Bin Hj Hussin
Experience on Tsunami Disaster in South Asia – Dr. Roger Ha
w Boon Hong
Acknowledgement
Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department Malaysia
Ministry of Youth & Sport Malaysia
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Ministry of Finance, Malaysia
Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage, Malaysia
Melaka State Government
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
United Nations Environment Programme Kenya, Arab & Asia Pacific (UNEP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
World Assembly of Youth
Malaysian Youth Council
4B Movement Malaysia
Yayasan Melaka
Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB)
Persona Metro Sdn Bhd
Maxis Communications Berhad
Southern Waste Management Sdn Bhd
Shell Malaysia
Alam Flora Sdn Bhd
KI Pengurusan Progresif, Melaka
Volunteers & All Support Staff of World Youth Foundation
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