The 3rd ASEAN Youth Fellowship

 Participants of the 2021 ASEAN Youth Fellowship held discussions with thought leaders and visited innovative enterprises and organisations in Singapore before outlining the role they can play in the development of the region.

More than 30 ASEAN youth leaders, including 04 delegates from Viet Nam have participated and shared their views on the 3rd ASEAN Youth Fellowship in Singapore.


The youths – all participants of the 2021 ASEAN Youth Fellowship (AYF) – gathered in Singapore from 27 to 31 October for the third edition of the programme, organised by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and the National Youth Council Singapore (NYC).


Their suggestions on the role of youths came as a response to the Chairman’s Statement from the 38th/39th ASEAN Summit1. The Statement emphasised the importance of unity in promoting ASEAN’s sub-regional development, especially in narrowing the development gap, enhancing ASEAN’s regional competitiveness and connectivity, and ensuring sustainable and inclusive development. It also highlighted the need to elevate the roles of youth in realising the goals, and to ensure that they are prepared to respond to complex global challenges.


Reflecting a collective voice as ASEAN youth, the Fellows’ proposed greater youth representation and consultation in policy making. They also suggested ways to support the growth of sustainable businesses, which complements the region’s circular economy framework, and starting an ASEAN youth chapter to facilitate opportunities for cross-border knowledge sharing and collaborations, especially in the areas of youth empowerment, mentorship, human security, digital technology, and low-carbon energy.


Aligned to the 2021 AYF’s theme of “Building a Sustainable Future, Together”, the recommendations were focused on future-proofing ASEAN, building collective resilience, and leveraging digital solutions for sustainable global progress.

Over five days, the 33 Fellows took part in a series of dialogues that explored innovations in public health management, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards, partnerships among the ASEAN communities, and the role youths can play in amplifying impactful voices responsibly to build a sustainable future.


Fellows had the opportunity to interact with distinguished thought leaders and public office holders, including the Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN, His Excellency Tran Duc Binh, who shared his views on the importance of fostering an ASEAN identity, youth empowerment in ASEAN’s development agenda, and furthering people-to-people ties among ASEAN youths.

Fellows also visited Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm, EWR2, an automated e-waste recycling plant, and Insectta, Singapore's first urban insect farm that rears the black soldier fly to help turn food waste into biomaterials for industrial use, as part of their field trips. These learning journeys provided Fellows with insights into social innovation, energy transformation, and food and agriculture technology in Singapore.


The AYF programme also provided participants with the opportunity to share experiences, build relationships and be part of a network of young ASEAN leaders who can catalyse positive change in the region.

 

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