Protiki Jubo Sangsad (internationally known as Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament) is a youth-led organization based in Barishal division and has been working since 2014 across the country. It is a strong platform for young people in Bangladesh to express the mandate of developing innovative ventures by minds, facilitating leadership skills and thinking power and increasing awareness on issues of local, national and global importance amongst young people. Protiki Jubo Sangsad is a not for profit, non-political, support and learning platform committed to developing the uninhibited expression of young people with the aim of sustaining a platform that enables young people to be effective and expressive agents of change created by youth to raise their collective voices to the members of the highest Policy-Making Body of the Government and civil societies. It is a chance to be heard at the highest levels of Government on a wide range of issues relevant to young people’s lives. This organization is registered under Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance No. XLVI of 1961 (Registration number: Bari-1759/15) with facilitating country-wide network like YouthNet for Climate Justice.
The goal of Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament is to install young people with an understanding of parliamentary processes and provide them with the opportunity to influence the country’s policy through direct dialogue between youth and policy-makers. Protiki Jubo Sangsad is running lobby and advocacy with the parliamentarian, organizing Youth assemblies and dialogues (In-person & Virtual), Youth Parliament Session, media advocacy program and community level campaign and supporting different initiatives of the government in order to establish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially focusing on gender equality, decent work, climate action & good governance led by young people. Protiki Jubo sangsad has vast experience and knowledge from grassroots and established network both nationally and internationally to tackling climate crisis addressing gender lens.
YouthNet for Climate Justice:YouthNet for Climate Justice was formed in 2016 under the auspices of the Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament in collaboration with national and local level voluntary youth groups. It has been a national platform working to ensure a better environment for Bangladeshi young people by combating the impacts of the climate crisis. It is trying to bring positive environmental changes in society. The platform is motivating enthusiastic youth groups of local communities to come up with better solutions to mitigate the climate change impact. Since its beginning, YouthNet for Climate Justice has been implementing various actions to establish the rights of people affected by climate change in the southern regions. The network has currently mobilized 1,500 volunteers in all the districts of Coastal Bangladesh. It is also providing training to strengthen the capacity of youth group and to increase community awareness, policy advocacy on climate change issues.
Costal Youth Action hub has been created with the aim of developing the skills of coastal youth leaders and enabling them to speak out nationally and internationally. This Hub will be a space for co-creation & knowledge management for exploring youth’s innovation & solutions. Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament is Co-hosting Coastal Youth Action Hub with YouthNet for Climate Justice. Costal Youth Action Hub is targeting to leverage existing strengths and experiences of BMYP and YouthNet. Therefore, the hub will be able to build upon policy and advocacy-related experiences of BMYP to add value with the leadership that YouthNet brings.
Protiki Jubo Sangsad (Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament) and YouthNet for Climate Justice hosted Coastal Youth Action Hub, aimed to combat climate emergency in the country in partnership with the ActionAid Bangladesh & British Council.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen inagurated this platform as chief guest.
Among others, Convener of Climate Parliament Bangladesh and Shariatpur 3 Member of Parliament Nahim Razzaq, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia-Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty, and ActionAid Bangladesh Country Director Farah Kabir, Director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development at Independent University Prof. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Bangladesh, Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed and British Council Director Dr Shahnaz Karim were also present.
“We will promote young people-led innovations and solutions to build greater resilience combating climate emergency," Said Abdul Momen.
Mentioning that Bangladesh Parliament adopted the first-ever motion on planetary emergency to protect, he added: “We want to see the young people in the global fight to achieve climate justice for Bangladesh."
“We all know about the impact of climate change in Bangladesh and globally, and it is us who needs to take climate action now” Nahim Razzaq MP said.
He also urged the youths to come forward to lead coastal resilience and bring behavioral changes to protect the ecosystem.
“We have a lot to celebrate in terms of the progress we’ve made over the years both at policy level and in program level when it comes to Bangladesh addressing climate change and its impacts” said Farah Kabir.
She also suggested that they could use webinars and social media as also a platform to raise young people voices.
The British Council intended to explore youth voices and choice in the realm of climate change to understand youth attitude and aspirations, amplify youth voice and support better youth policy-making, said Shahnaz Karim of British Council.
She added that they would be engaging youth networks and other like-minded organizations in doing the exercise- engaging young people.