[Announcement] Call for application: ASEAN Youth Forum 2015

ASEAN Youth Forum 2015ASEAN Youth Forum 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21-22 April 2015
Apply until April 5, 2015
Results of Chosen Participants:  April 7, 2015

Apply now: AYF Form
For inquiries: Contact Tom at aseanyouthregional@gmail.com

Passionate? Forward Looking?

We are opening the door for passionate, committed, forward-looking and hardworking Southeast Asians (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam) aged 15-35 years old to be part of the most important turning point of the movement towards a youth driven, rights-centred and SOGIE-embracing ASEAN region!

The ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) has been serving as a space and mechanism for young Southeast Asians to amplify their voices, to further their and to forge a youth driven and rights-centred Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Forum has already been conducted in six countries (Bangkok & Huahin, Thailand in 2009, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2011, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2012, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam in 2013 & Yangon, Myanmar in 2014). The most recent AYF in Myanmar achieved milestones for and by the ASEAN Youth:

∙         Development and Acceptance of the Yangon Declaration http://aseanpeople.org/yangon-declaration-asean-youth-statement-2014/ (ASEAN Youth Statement 2014)
∙         Development of initial strategies with other youth groups, ASEAN CSOs and ASEAN bodies
∙         Meaningful ASEAN Youth Interface Meeting with leaders in May 2014 (Nay Pyi Taw)

2015 is witness to the ASEAN Chairmanship of Malaysia. Young People, which consist of 60-70% of the region’s population, will be greatly affected by the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015 (AEC 2015). At the same time, the youth can significantly contribute to either its success or failure. It is the crucial time to meaningfully be part of national and regional processes to ensure that our rights and freedoms are fully respected, promoted and protected.

The ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) 2015, nationally hosted by Akademi Belia, will take place on 20-21 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two day forum will involve strategic planning sessions, dialogues with ASEAN and CSO stakeholders and a chance to experience life as a young person in Kuala Lumpur.

Potential participants are invited to apply for that coveted spot at the AYF 2015.

Participant has to be a young Southeast Asian who is working on a particular social, development, peace or human rights issue.
Participant needs to have strong knowledge and understanding of national and ASEAN processes on youth, peace, human rights and AEC
Participant has to be willing to work on the monitoring of the Yangon Declaration for the next six months (monitoring of the Yangon Declaration at the local and national levels)

Fill the Application Form up on or before 5 April 2015 (17:00 BKK/JKT/LAO/CAM/VNM; 17:30 YGN; 18:00 MNL/KL); Results of Chosen Participants by 7 April 2015

NOTE: Chosen participants have to shoulder their international flight costs and travel expenses. Organisers will take care of food, accommodation (19-22 April) and forum materials.

For inquiries and concerns, contact Tom (Lead Regional Liaison Officer) at aseanyouthregional@gmail.com. Thank you and hope to see and work with you in Kuala Lumpur!

Regional Core Team for
the Institutionalisation of an Independent and Relevant ASEAN Youth Body

in full pursuit of the Yangon Declaration
for a Rights-Centred & Youth Driven Southeast Asian Community

Secretariat to be established in Yangon, Myanmar

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