The ASEAN Youth Conference (AYC) is conducted in the country which holds the chairmanship of ASEAN. AYC 2019 will be conducted in Thailand as Thailand holds the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2019. The theme of ASEAN Youth Conference (AYC) is Building a Sustainable Partnership for ASEAN Youths. This project is aligned with Thailand’s theme of Chairmanship in ASEAN 2019: “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”. AYC will be conducted through multidimensional workshops and participant-centered activities.
This conference will gather high-level speakers and practitioners from three pillars of ASEAN and youths from ASEAN/Non-ASEAN countries. The topic of discussion will be based on the three pillars of ASEAN with the following focus:
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AYC 2019 is conducted by the youth and for the youth. The goal of the project is to provide a platform for ASEAN youths to learn from the experts and enhance their partnerships with other youths from ASEAN member states and Non-ASEAN member states who have high interest in those respective topics. To achieve this goal, as an outcome and follow up of the project, the participants are required to make a project proposal and implement it in their home countries. ASEAN Youth Organization will also conduct a competition to give project grants to the best project from each pillar.
• The ASEAN Economic Community Pillar will focus on Entrepreneurship, particularly how ASEAN youths can explore the opportunity and steps to become successful entrepreneurs. In addition, it is also one of the priority focus of the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020.
• The Socio-Cultural Pillar will focus on Environment. Researches and studies have shown the urgency to act ‘now’ and solve issues related to environment, including but not limited to: climate change, deforestation and waste pollution.