History Has Its Eye on Youth: 5th Annual Asian Youth Forumon April 18, 2017.
Launch of the 5th Annual Asian Youth Forum at Yokohama, Japan
“If you had unlimited wealth to give away, would you keep it for yourself or give everyone a chance to prosper? What would that ‘prosperity’ look like?”
The perennial problem of scarce, inadequate and unequally distributed resources has since been the hurdle for people, regardless of the age, to aspire for prosperity that spills over to others and improves the lives of those beyond themselves. Tackling this hurdle begins with talking about what can be done with the resources we have and making sure that these solutions are carried out inclusively from start to finish. This is the goal that the ADB, ADB Youth for Asia and Plan International will be working towards at the 5th Asian Youth Forum.
May 2nd to 7th will be heralding a milestone year for both ADB and its youth-focused arm, Youth for Asia. The initiative to mobilize youth and integrate their contributions into ADB operations, has thus far convened nearly a thousand youth participants and partners across different forums since its inception in 2012. The Asian Youth Forum (AYF), now on its 5th year, is just one of Youth for Asia’s mechanisms for equipping and empowering youth stakeholders through a series of back-to-back plenaries, knowledge sessions and the unique opportunity for youth participants to interact with experts and thought leaders across various sectors in development.
With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underpinning this year’s theme, “Youth for Prosperity”, AYF5 will feature a series of panel discussions and capacity building sessions focusing on youth’s concrete inputs and solutions to drive inclusive and sustainable prosperity in Asia and the Pacific. Youth participants will also be able to take part in ADB’s 50th Annual Meeting sessions where their inputs as youth stakeholders will be given its proper platform to be raised and strategically integrated into what ADB will be doing for the region in the coming years. These among many other productive and meaningful opportunities await our youthful friends and partners at the 5th Annual Asian Youth Forum.
One of the notable features of the forum is how youth participants will be given the opportunity to create innovative and concrete project proposals that would ultimately support the “Youth for Prosperity of Asia and the Pacific” theme. This feature isn’t limited to just the forum participants. The ADB Youth for Asia team will be inviting digital participants to take part in crowdsourcing ideas for streamlining youth engagement particularly in what ADB is doing through its projects and operations.
The overarching goal for forums such as the Asian Youth Forum and those like it in the past is to keep enabling and empowering young people to continue creating, developing and hopefully implementing their own solutions for driving sustainability and equitable prosperity starting with their own communities and cities. If we are able to get every young people in Asia and the Pacific think and move in this direction, a prosperous region can be achieved in this generation.
By Glo Anne Pauline A. Guevarra
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Launch of the 5th Annual Asian Youth Forum at Yokohama, Japan “If you had unlimited wealth to give away, would you keep it for yourself or give everyone a chance to prosper? What would that ‘prosperity’ look like?” The perennial problem of scarce, inadequate and unequally distributed resources has since been the hurdle for people, […]
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