The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) through the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS) organised the National Climate Change Policy Drafting Youth Review on 2nd November 2019 at the Prime Minister's Office Building. The session was attended by 60 participating youth, encompassing students, professionals, and volunteers. Present as the Guest of Honour was Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) in his capacity as the Chair of the Executive Committee on Climate Change.
Also in attendance were Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Ash'ari, Member of the Legislative Council and Yang Mulia Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Energy and Power) as the Chair of the Climate Mitigation Working Group.
The review session was a follow-up from the 1st Session of the Policy Framing & Drafting Workshop that was held on 21st October 2019. It aims to bring together youth from multiple professions in an active discussion to address climate change issues and develop policy recommendations. During the review session, the participating youth discussed and provided their insights on the five themes of climate change mitigation measures namely Fugitive Emissions, Renewable Energy, Reforestation and Biodiversity Conservation, Electric Vehicles, and Climate Adaptation and Resilience. The outcome and policy recommendation from this review session will be reported to the Climate Change Policy Drafting Committee for the second iteration.
The Guest of Honour, Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya in his welcoming remarks highlighted that climate change is a global concern with climate change impacts are already being felt in communities around the world. The World Meteorological Organization reported that 2015 to 2019 is the warmest five year period. This reflects how apparent that climate impacts are hitting harder and sooner than previously predicted.
He further added that the Brunei National Climate Policy will outline the opportunities of both climate mitigation and adaptation measures that would lead to a low carbon growth and at the same time, makes Brunei a climate-resilient nation. The Brunei National Climate Policy will be a very important national strategic tool that will govern Brunei Darussalam's commitments towards tackling the global challenge of climate change. He informed that the committee has started drafting the first iteration of the climate change policy and will produce a second iteration.
It is the aspiration of the Ministry that review session like this will instill the societal mindset among the youth towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future. The Ministry through the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat will continue to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate Brunei Darussalam's Climate Change policies, strategies and action plans at a national level.
Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) delivers his welcoming remarks
Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) and Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Ash'ari, Member of the Legislative Council in a group photo with the participating youth