Innovation For One ASEAN Future: Inaugural ASEAN Youth Fellowship

40 young ASEAN Leaders gathered in Singapore to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in innovation on areas as diverse as healthcare, infrastructure and social impact, at the inaugural ASEAN Youth Fellowship (AYF) programme organised by the National Youth Council (NYC) and Singapore International Foundation (SIF).

Powered by the Singapore-ASEAN Youth Fund (SAYF), the AYF will be built on the values of Resilience, Leadership, Cohesion, in-line with Singapore’s chairmanship focused on building a “Resilient and Innovative” ASEAN to deal with the increasingly complex geopolitical landscape and the digital revolution. Through a series of dialogues and activities, the AYF will seek to connect young ASEAN leaders and their communities across the region.

By the year 2020, more than half of ASEAN’s population will be under 35 years old. To bring ASEAN to the next level, it is important that youth leaders – influencers and change makers in their own communities – across the region are given opportunities to share experiences, build relationships and be part of the efforts to establish a strong network of young ASEAN leaders who can influence positive change in the region.

ASEAN Youth Fellowship – 10 to 15 November 2018
AYF participants will be engaging in a variety of dialogue sessions and learning journeys hosted by various organisations across the Private, Public and People (3P) sectors.

Dialogue on “ASEAN after 50”
Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will be engaging the AYF participants and local youth leaders in a closed-door dialogue on “ASEAN after 50”. The dialogue session will be helmed by SIF’s Chairman, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, on 12 November 2018 at the National Museum of Singapore.

AYF Closing Ceremony
At the end of the five-day programme, AYF participants will be presenting a collective Pledge of Commitment to Action to Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu. The AYF Closing Ceremony will be held at Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre on 15 November 2018.

“Young people in the region need to step up collectively to address some of the complex challenges that the region faces in the future. This is a shared future that they must own together and platforms such as the ASEAN Youth Fellowship are critical now to forge these relationships of trust and collaborative networks that can deliver the scale of impact we need”, said Mr David Chua, Chief Executive Officer of NYC.

Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director of SIF, said, “As future leaders of ASEAN, our youth are poised to cast a critical eye on common challenges and make changes that will create a better future for the region. We hope the fellowship will inspire greater participation by our youth in building and promoting a strong, peaceful and inclusive ASEAN community, one that offers opportunities for all.



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