Youth from different villages in Upper Pulangi in Bukidnon and students enrolled in the training course on construction carpentry worked together to complete the carpentry shed, the large classroom, the gabion installation, the rehabilitation of the hydro-generator and the electrical rewiring as part of their learning practicum, with supervision and guidance from local skilled staff and the management team of the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC).
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Asia Pacific is home to 45% of the world’s youth, amounting to around 700 million young people (UNESCAP, 2012). Significant numbers of youth across the region face a variety of obstacles in their access to employment, education, health care, and other resources. Transition between education and employment is one of the main obstacles facing youth of the region, especially those from Southeast Asia and Pacific. Youth often remain at the margins with regard to participation in the creation of development policies.
More than 1.6 billion people have been affected by disasters in East Asia and Pacific since 2000 (EM-DAT 2012). In 2011, disaster losses amounted to $380 billion. East Asia sustained 80% of these losses in the first nine months. Disasters can push affected households further into debt, with the poor carrying the greatest debt burden.
Sustainability science is an emerging field of research dealing with the interactions between natural and social systems, and with how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability. The challenge is to meet the needs of present and future generations while substantially reducing poverty and conserving the planet’s life support systems. Sustainability science is a kind of science that is primarily use-inspired, with significant fundamental and applied knowledge components, and commitment to moving such knowledge into societal action. Sustainability science is science with ethics.
Primarily, this year’s conference seeks to encourage exchange of knowledge and experience among participants on how they are learning, creating and accompanying different stakeholders to transform land and water governance. Knowledge from across the natural and social sciences is needed to develop a thorough understanding of our ecological challenges. These challenges include: Learning how to develop a comprehensive and integrated point of view, through linking academic disciplines, that enables us to transform our governance of land and water resources; Creating capacities that enable us to build safe and secure societies that are resilient to disaster risks; Accompanying the youth as they prepare to inherit the responsibility of building a sustainable future for our community and society.
The World Water Week 2013 closes with a Stockholm Statement calling on the UN and its Open Working Group to propose in the post-2015 development agenda a Sustainable Development Goal on Water. Three outcomes are aspired by 2030: 1) a doubling of global water productivity, 2) a realisation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and 3) an increased resilience to water related disasters. These desired outcomes reflect the advocacy of water movements to address different facets of water problems: too little, too dirty, and too much.