The Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week ( LACCW 2023), along with other Regional Climate Weeks, serves as a platform where policymakers, professionals, businesses, and civil society come together to exchange insights on climate solutions, challenges, and opportunities across diverse regions, propelling forward climate action.

Within this framework, Impulsouth project developed the workshop “Exploring the Power of South-South Collaboration to Enhance the Capacities and Training of Youth for Climate Action” during the LACCW in Panama. This gathering not only provided a space for the exchange of ideas but also served as a valuable consultation opportunity with our partners, exploring the needs and possibilities to elevate cooperation to a higher level in capacity development.

The event toook place on October 23rd, 2023 at Panama City and counted with the participation of over 20 people, representing diverse organizations involved in knowledge management, youth education, and climate action.  The workshop started with a short presentation about IMpuslouth, followed by an open conversation about strategies to enhance capacity building initiatives for youth.

Participants highlighted challenges and opportunities faced by capacity building initaitives. Some of the key points highlighted by participants include:

  1. Creating Spaces for Dialogue and Collaboration between existent initiatives:
  • Challenge: Insufficient networks and platforms for young people, universities, and negotiators to discuss and share projects and research.
  • Opportunities:
    • Enhancing South-South Cooperation: Collaborative and joint processes can be harnessed to achieve more coordinated actions toward capacity building, concurrently facilitating the youth’s vision in the development of initiatives.
    • LAC’s Historical Potential: Leveraging Latin America and the Caribbean’s historical potential for fostering networks and alliances to strengthen capacity-building initiatives.
  1. Overcoming ‘Invisible’ Barriers in the Global South:
  • Challenge: Lack of incentives to participate in capacity-building initiatives, compounded by digital, financial, language, and cultural gaps in LAC compared to the Global North.
  • Opportunity:
    • Fostering Innovative Initiatives: Addressing Global South barriers, such as limited internet access, language barriers, and the opportunity cost of training, through innovative approaches that emphasize traditional knowledge, translation, and active methodologies.
  1. Transforming Climate Change Communication:
  • Challenge: Utilization of highly technical and scientific language to communicate climate change and its governance.
  • Opportunity:
    • Making Information Accessible/Translation to Accessibility: Transforming complex information into a more accessible format.
    • Highlighting the Role of Negotiation and Governance Spaces:Objective: Emphasizing the pivotal role of negotiation and other governance spaces in effective climate change communication.

The findings emphasize the potential for south-south cooperation to solve some of the traditional challenges faced by capacity building initiatives looking to foster climate action. All the inputs are being processed by Impulsouth partners for developing the next steps of the initiative. 

The session can be reproduced on Impulsouth’s YouTube channel here.