SSEAYP kicks off with 35 local participants

Rokiah Mahmud

Thirty-five youth between the ages of 18 and 30 were selected to represent Brunei Darussalam for the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Youth Conference 2021 held virtually on November 28. The programme was coordinated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

Themed ‘Youth Engagement in Achieving SDGs : A Route Map for Change’, the conference is in collaboration with the Japanese government and to be held every Sunday until January 9, 2022.

The conference is aimed at promoting friendship and understanding as well as serve as a continuous platform for youth exchange between Japan and ASEAN members countries despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apart from that, the conference also carries the objective to nurture these youth in applying their leadership skills to find solutions in various fields particularly social issues encountered by the global community.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn in depth social agendas while at the same time discuss on how youth can contribute to achieve the 17 goals under the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) of United Nations (UN) following on nine given topics at the conference.

The nine topics comprises community empowerment; poverty; access to water and foods; employment; education; resilient and sustainable city; health and welfare; life on land and water; and sustainable energy.

By sharing thorough discussion, participants will be able to establish relationships and build networks with youth across ASEAN and Japan in which later on they could lead activities in the future.

Bruneian participants during the conference. PHOTO: JBS