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The Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation team.

Creating connections

31 October 2013

Crawford students have taken their policy ideas to the world at the 2013 APEC Youth Summit.

A team of ANU students including Crawford masters students Laura Guadalupe Navarro Velazquez, Amphayvan Chanmay and Chen Wang formed the organising committee for the Summit held in Bali in October.

The APEC Youth Summit brought together 42 of the most promising young leaders from 21 APEC countries in a six day conference. The event was held in conjunction with the APEC Summit meeting.

The students worked to develop policy recommendations for topics such as energy, food security and trade liberalisation. The recommendations were then presented to the APEC Executive Director.

“During the Summit we got to attend meetings with Ministerial-level officials of the APEC economies, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, The Minister of Trade of Indonesia and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia,” said Navarro Velazquez.

The students also organised the event activities for the Summit in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yogyakarta and Bali.

“It was a fantastic opportunity and we were able to reach out and create connections between young people from across the region as well as being heard by APEC at its highest levels,” said Navarro Velazquez.

Their submission received recognition in the 2013 APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Ministerial Statement. The students in the organising committee are all members of the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO).

The Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO) is supported by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Story by Amelia Bidgood.

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