The Count-down begins – 10 days to go!!

Dear SAYSOCCers,

Yes, we have exactly 10 days more to go for SAYSOCC to happen!! The organising team is all set, and things are well oiled and rolling πŸ˜€ There will be press conference on the 19th of October with representatives from Sponsoring organisations and the youth organisations.

So the ones who haven’t packed yet, Do so ASAP!!! You are coming to the pearl of the Indian Ocean, its quite
sunny ‘n cheerful (though due to Climate Change, we are having irregular rain patterns :/ ) and we are gonna get lots of good work done.

Please confirm all your flight details to the organising team before 19th Tuesday, if not you could be stranded in the Airport which is not very pleasant since most of the flights touch-down at around 2am! πŸ˜›

Today’s meeting concluded with the finalisation of all delegated tasks…The awesome people in the organising team Shanika, Surendrinie, Hasini, De Alwis, Sudarsha, Vositha and me (:P), Vathees, Shehan and all are the bestest, as this was put together due to the great and pure commitment shown by all. Kudos to all of you! πŸ™‚

So I say, South Asians, let’s SHINE πŸ™‚


Anoka Abeyrathne
Ground Team πŸ™‚

Call for Participants from Sri Lanka!

Dear All!!

SAYSoCC is less than 10 days away, and we have already 30 confirmed foreign participants! Isn’t that great news??

Well now, to get the confirmation from the local participants.

If anyone of you, out there, reading this blog is interested in taking part in this event, these are the registration rates for registrations.

For the participation of the full event, inclusive of food and accommodation 6000 LKR
Participation for 28th of October 2000 LKR
Participation for 29th and 30th of October 1000 LKR
Participation for the summit exclusive of accommodation 4000 LKR

If you be interested in taking part in South Asian Summit on Climate Change, which would help you be part of a great movement, please reply ASAP!!
Times ticking!!

Vositha Wijenayake
Coordinator – SAYSoCC Sri Lanka
00 94 778 758 954

Selected Delegates from Pakistan!

Fatima Rasheed
Sabina Rizwan Khan
Zeeshan Hyder
Rafia Saleem


Selected Delegates from Maldives!

Dear All

Here are those selected for SAYSoCC 2010 from Maldives πŸ™‚

Imad Mohamed
Hasan Ziyan
Hawwa Lubna
Mohamed Yameen
Haisham Hasan

Congratulations and see you all in Sri Lanka on the 27th of October!

Vositha Wijenayake
Coordinator – SAYSoCC Sri Lanka

Latest Update on SAYSoCC! Here it comes!

Hi to All!!

I know that we have been a little silent of late, but nopes, we are not inactive!
We are very much active! Just that we wanted to clarify matters and be assured of the process before we informed you about it.

We have a sponsor who is willing to take up the accommodation expenses! And this is great news for all of us, from where we were, a great leap!

Not so Good News!
As the venues of the sponsors are booked for the dates we initially wanted we will have to change the dates of the summit. Hence we are pushing SAYSoCC a few days back, but just a few days!
We will send out the new confirmed dates within the next few days, once the decision is finalised.

More updates coming soon!! Keep logged in πŸ™‚


Selected Participants from Bangladesh

Here are the delegates from Bangladesh to SAYSoCC 2010!

a) Nurul Alam Masud
b) Farzeen Ferdous
c) Towhid Hasan
d) Mahafuzul Haque
e) Tahmina Shafique

Congratulations and hope to see you soon in Sri Lanka!

Vositha Wijenayake

The Delegates to SAYSoCC Sri Lanka from Nepal!

Here are the selected delegates from Nepal.

Niraj Prasad Koirala
Srijana Manandhar
Dipak Bishwokarma
Pradeep Poudel
Shraddha Shah

Congratulations guys and hope to see you soon in Sri Lanka πŸ™‚

Vositha Wijenayake
Co-ordinator SAYSOCC 2010

Letters from the Ground Team: Anoka Abeyrathne

Anoka Abeyrathne is an undergraduate of Law through the University of London and Wildlife Conservation and Biology at the Open University of Sri Lanka. She is also studying management through the Northumbria University but due to the hectic work schedule will be reducing course content. She loves languages and due to living in various parts of the world, has acquired a habit of learning languages encountered. She believes that excellence is a habit and not a one time happening. Anoka is a British Council International Climate Champion 2010.

Being a kid who was always with animals and nature; camping, boating, trekking, going on Safaris and going to the awesome wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka, Anoka is a born environmentalist. Seeing the painful destruction caused to the sensitive Mangrove ecosystem she did a Mangrove conservation project for more than 4 years to save the migratory birds/reptiles and other species in Bolgoda Lake, Sri Lanka while providing the community with the opportunity to understand the importance of the Mangroves not just an ecosystem but also as a way of livelihood; to earn a living through eco-tourism, carbon credits and eco-friendly handicrafts. Β She became a British Council Climate Champion 2010/2011 and was given the opportunity to represent Sri Lanka at the International Youth Climate Finance Forum 2010.

She says that “the SAYSOCC committee and the SLYCAN have been doing awesome work and I feel greatly priviledged to be working with the most passionate and amazing people I’ve met ever. Vositha, Shehan, Sudarsha, De Alwis, Harshini and all the others are totally awesome and they keep inspiring and driving us forward to make this year’s SAYSOCC the best one yet. For me SAYSOCC is one the peaks of what Sri Lankan youth can achieve and we feel honoured to be the host of this year’s conference.

Sure we have a wee bit of annoyances like the “funding” and “red-tape” but seeing the fire lit up within each of these amazing individuals reassures you that “WE CAN” and “WE WILL”. So hang on, the wheels are in motion, SAYSOCC 2010 is gonna be awesome!!”

Shortlisted Applicants from Bangladesh!

Here are the shortlisted applicants from Bangladesh. Their interviews are ongoing and the results will be sent out by Monday πŸ™‚

Farzeen Ferdous
Nurul Masud
Farida Akter
Towhid Hasan
Mahafuzul Haq
Iftekhar Ul Karim
Mohammad Kawsar Sharif
Khalid Md. Bahauddin
Rehnuma Jahan Islam
Tahmina Shafique

Best of luck to all!


Selections for Pakistan

Dear shortlisted applicants!

I am sorry about the delay in the schedule of interviews.

But unfortunately we have not received mails from all those who have been shortlisted confirming the reception of mail.

We will contact you soon as possible regarding the interviews.

For those who have not sent in a reply on receiving the mail from us, with regards to being shortlisted, please mail asap to and carbon copied to

The deadline for the confirmation mail to be sent by participants will be 6 pm Saturday the 18th of September 2010.

Thanking you

Vositha Wijenayake