In August, ESE readers are invited participate in the ASEAN-Australia Youth Summit (AAYS2013). There are three ways in which ESE readers can become involved in the submit:
- Registering as delegates
- Submitting research to the AAYS2013 Working Paper
- Submitting proposals for start-up projects
On the 24th of August, Melbourne will host the second ASEAN-Australia Youth Summit (AAYS2013). The second AAYS intends to build upon the success of the first Summit which saw the establishment of the ASEAN Student Council of Australia (ASCA) as well as the launching of the ASEAN-Australia Agenda (AAA). Through the first AAYS initiative, student councils representing Malaysia (MASCA), Vietnam (MOVSA), Indonesia (PPIA), Singapore (SOV) and Thailand (TSV) as well as student representatives from the Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar worked together towards the goals of raising awareness of ASEAN in Australia. The agenda also aimed to build stronger people-to-people links within our region. In 2012 the Summit hosted a number of prominent figures who supported the ASEAN-Australia Agenda. This included Australian Ambassador to ASEAN, Gillian Bird, representatives from the ASEAN-Secretariat as well as various government representatives from each of these ASEAN member states. Since the pioneering of this approach in July 2012, the Summit model founded here in Australia has also been adopted by other countries hoping to strengthen people-to-people links with ASEAN. In 2012 the AAYS was documented by SBS News Radio.
This year’s Summit will be more participatory and engaging than ever before. AAYS 2013 invites international and local students, researchers, innovators and youth leaders to apply for a place at the Summit. In 2013 the two broader themes of the AAYS will include (i) Economics, Trade and Business Links between ASEAN-Australia and (ii) Regional Human Security Challenges. The day itself will involve thought-provoking presentations, engaging round-table discussions as well as fascinating cultural performances. Perhaps most importantly, the Summit represents the opportunity for ASEAN and Australian students to come together and listen to each other’s vision for the future of our shared region. As a result, the objective of building people-to-people links between ASEAN and Australia, becomes central, both within the process and within the outcome of the AAYS.
With limitations on seats at the Summit, the AAYS committee encourages those interested to apply while places are still available. The committee also encourages all interested parties to submit their ideas and research to be selected for publication in the 2013 AAYS Working Paper. The Working Paper has recently opened a call for abstracts which allows both undergraduate and postgraduate students to contribute their research towards the progressing the ASEAN-Australia Agenda. Alongside the academic program the AAYS also encourages innovation. Creative individuals are invited to propose ideas for start-up projects and social-entrepreneurship which contribute to the ASEAN-Australia Agenda.