Global Youth Dialogue on Youth for Climate Action

Global Youth Dialogue is aimed to bring an informed dialogue on youth related issues in Sri Lanka and elsewhere with a view to identifying challenges youth face and opportunities available to them to achieve their shared life goals. The Dialogue on youth can be informed by both empirical data and conceptual analysis from different parts of the world as well as the lived experiences of youth participants.

Climate change, which is identified by climate scientists as a major threat to the well being and even survival of humanity, is treated by the world community as a key public policy issue for all countries across the world. If effective measures are not taken to reverse the present trends in global warming and related consequences, future prospects of countries in achieving their economic and other national goals will be bleaker. This is naturally a major concern for youth. Given this situation, youth across the world need to play a major role in raising their voices, mobilizing public support for climate action and contributing to climate change adaptation measures at global, national and local levels. The proposed youth dialogue is expected to explore modalities for youth engagement in these activities.


Ashan Perera

Youth Brand Ambassador
Mr. Ashan Perera
UN SDG Action Award Winner 2018
Social Entrepreneur
Founder of The Road to Rights Youth-Led Organization,
Sri Lanka



Ranga Pallawala

Mr. Ranga Pallawala
CEO of Janathakshan (GTE) Ltd,
Sri Lanka


Heminda Jayaweera
Mr. Heminda Jayaweera
Eisenhower Fellow | Chief Operating Officer at Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC),
Sri Lanka


Ms. Marie-Claire Graf

Ms. Marie-Claire Graf
Youth Advocate and Change Maker for Sustainable Development and Climate Solutions,

Date: 23rd July 2020
Time: 15:30 ‐17:00
Audience: All Conference Participants

Workshop on Scholarly Publications

Dissemination of research findings is an essential part of the scientific research process.  Hence, it is of utmost importance for a researcher who is writing a full paper with the aim of publishing in a reputable journal or in a reputable proceeding.  Furthermore, getting a paper published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal or proceeding is an important milestone for researchers.

Through the publication workshop, we intend to disseminate knowledge on writing scientific papers and scholarly publications to assist future researchers.  All conference participants are welcome to participate in this workshop.


Resource person

Dr. S.A.D.H. Namali Suraweera

Dr. S.A.D.H. Namali Suraweera
Head/Senior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science,
University of Kelaniya,
Sri Lanka

“An editorial member from The Internet and Higher Education: A Quarterly Review of Innovations in Post-secondary Education, published by ELSEVIER “

Audience: All conference participants


The non-presenting audience not only gets the opportunity to listen to the keynote speeches, and other insights shared by the top speakers, but also will get the opportunity of sharing their own ideas and insights

How to Prepare Millennials to Manage Gen Z?

With the fast pacing world and the technological era, there is a growing gap between generations that might lead to miscommunications and misunderstandings. The main goal/objective of this workshop is to give the understanding of the next generation “The Gen Z” to the profiles of Millennials. The workshop will cover the areas of challenges that are facing to manage Gen Z and putting Millennials into the shoes of Gen Z to better understand their values, ideas, culture and relationships.

This workshop will be done in various forms in order to keep the audience engaged. Engagement space would be in the form of self-reflection, Group Discussions, Group working time. Sharing space is to share the learnings and new concepts related to the topic.

Intended Audience

The intended audience is age range from 30 and above. And can be of any background (School, University, Private Institutions, Locals, and Internationals etc.)

Covering areas:

  • When Generations Collide (Gen Z vs Millennials – Why it’s Drastically Different)
  • 7 Key traits of Gen Z
  • Working with Gen Z
  • Communication with Gen Z
  • Management of Gen Z by Millenials, Gen Xers, Boomers
  • Preparing Millennials to manage Gen Z


Gihan Silva
Gihan Silva
Vice President for Public Relations
Sri Lanka

Date: 23rd July 2020
Time: 13:30 ‐ 15:00