APYExPHL and Beyond: The ASEAN Youth Engagement Summit

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As a partner organization, the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange - Manila Inc. (APYE Manila) was given the chance to represent and impart knowledge to the ASEAN youth on the work that we do on empowering youth to drive the SDGs into action. In attendance were Ms. Jana Uncanin, APYE Fellowship Program Manager and Ms. Dionela Bigcas, APYE Fellowship Program Associate together with several Empowered Champions from different APYExPHL batches, Edward Tseng (APYE 4), Mariniell Clarete (APYE 5), Georgina Onagan (APYE 5), Eljay Ann Busmente (APYE 7), Janine Mendoza (APYE 7) and Lara Mendoza (APYE 7). Aside from this, as part of the booth exhibitions, APYExPHL was given an opportunity to connect with the delegates, as well as spectators, guests and partnering organizations.

Ms. Jana Uncanin was also given the opportunity to speak on behalf of APYE as one of the plenary forum speakers for the discussion on “Role of Youth on Attaining the SDGs in ASEAN”. During the session, she inspiringly encouraged the participants to maximize every opportunity in order to spark change in your respective fields of influence.

Aside from this, the AYES plenary sessions also included inspirational talks from Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (Former Secretary General of ASEAN), Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso (Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN), Ms. Elaine Tan (Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation), and Ms. Hoang Thuy (Miss Universe Vietnam 2019). Other than this, invited youth representatives spoke also elaborated on the importance of youth in ASEAN sustainable development initiatives. Furthermore, a number of youth-led, youth-driven and youth-focused organization heads expounded on concrete ways the youth can be involved in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The organizations represented included: Emancipate Indonesia, UN Youth Advocacy Board, 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines, Asia Pacific Youth Exchange-Manila Inc, Siklab Philippines, World Youth Foundation, and ASEAN XChange.

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It is through active participation and meaningful engagement with communities that we could say that the position of the ASEAN youth is undeniably powerful. APYE seeks to explore more opportunities for collaboration with relevant youth-led organizations such as AYES in order to continue on empowering the youth to drive the SDGs into action.

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