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The Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum is a full-day program designed to deepen students’ understanding of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia’s relationship with the region through role-play.

The Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum will bring together more than 60 Year 9 to 11 students from 11 different schools across Victoria to discuss key issues facing Southeast Asia from the perspectives of Australia and ASEAN Member States, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. 

Working in teams of six per country, students will have the opportunity to present their allocated country's position on three contemporary regional issues, namely refugees, trade and climate change. They will then debate ways to address these issues and aim to reach mutually agreeable solutions, through negotiation and consensus building. The forum outcomes will be captured in a written document, referred to as the Forum Declaration, which will outline the course of action and recommendations students, as ASEAN member states and Australian representatives, would have agreed to.

Students will be assisted in this by AEF’s Go Global Ambassadors, including:

· Deborah Steele, Editor of the ABC’s Asia Pacific News Centre, who will be acting ASEAN Secretary General and facilitating the forum discussions
· Patrick Burke, Consultant and Author, who will facilitate the Refugees Committee
· Kirsten Sayers, CEO of Red R Australia, who will facilitate the Trade Committee
· Candice Coleman, Lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, who will facilitate the Climate Change Committee

Students will also hear from Jaykerr Cheong and Mery Madee from the ASEAN Youth Organisation Australia.

  [endif]Kirsten Sayers [hyperlink to profile + photo], CEO of Red R Australia, who will facilitate the Trade Committee

Date: Thursday 28 July 
 9:00am - 3:00pm 
Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne
Registrations are now closed. 
Please contact Emeline Gillingham for more information on our next event or to express interest in holding a forum at your school with your network of schools.


Start:28 July 2016, 09:00AM

End:28 July 2016, 03:00PM

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