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Monday, 28 January 2019

A Call to Brighten ASEAN through Renewable Energy

Jakarta, 24 January 2019 – This week, the ASEAN Foundation launched the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest (AYVC) with the theme “Renewable Energy: Powering ASEAN’s Bright Future”. The deadline for application is due by 19 February 2019.

Similar to the previous years, the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest is endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth and designed to generate a better understanding of the ASEAN Community and its dynamic, particularly among the region’s younger demographic. This year’s video contest is also supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, and the ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP), a cooperation jointly implemented by ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This video contest is giving a platform for youth to raise their voice creatively using the power of digital tools such as video and social media coupled with people-to-people interaction. This powerful combination, especially in this digital era, will effectively increase awareness about renewable energy in ASEAN, including the region’s potential (i.e. solar, wind, hydro, biomass, ocean wave and geothermal), and accelerate development in the sector. As emphasised as well by Elaine Tan, the Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation, of the importance of the programme, “Through collaboration and innovation; the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest will be the seamless avenue for creative youth across ASEAN to gather ideas to innovate together. With ASEAN youth's insightful ideas, we will go hand in hand creating a more cohesive ASEAN community and put forward #RenewableEnergy awareness.”

The Contest will bring together one (1) selected finalist from each Member State to Hanoi, Viet Nam, to learn professional video making skills and techniques to amplify their voices on this topic to wider audiences. The training will be hosted by Viet Nam Journalists Association (VJTC) in Hanoi. The 10 finalists are also eligible to winning attractive prizes, supported by the ASEAN Foundation.

Information to participate in the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest could be found on http://www.aseanyouthvideocontest.com.

Notes to Editor:

For the application details of the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest, please visit bit.ly/AYVC2019 .

For further questions, please address it to aseanyouthvideocontest@aseanfoundation.org .

About ASEAN Foundation

Three decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among the people of ASEAN. It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, at ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 15 December 1997. The ASEAN Foundation is an organisation from and for the people of ASEAN. The Foundation exists because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous ASEAN Community. As an ASEAN body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN.

For more information, please visit: http://aseanfoundation.org/

About ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP)

ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP) is a joint cooperation implemented by ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). AGEP aims to support the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in improving regional coordination for the promotion of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) towards sustainable energy for all AMS. In concept and implementation, AGEP refers to the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) that serves as a blueprint for better cooperation towards enhancing energy security, accessibility, affordability and sustainability under the framework of the ASEAN Economic Community for the designated period.

Stay in touch with AGEP at facebook.com/sustainableenergyforasean

About ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT

The United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy and its three overarching pillars – enhancing shared prosperity, good governance and civil society, and peace and security – guide USAID’s engagement with ASEAN. Under the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership agreement, the U.S. Government and ASEAN cooperate across mutually beneficial priority areas through the ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT) project. PROSPECT develops, designs, and implements comprehensive, multi-year initiatives that contribute to a stable, secure and prosperous Southeast Asia. PROSPECT continues the U.S. Government’s support to the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest in 2019, to have a more frequent youth engagement to ASEAN processes and strengthen a shared ASEAN identity by showcasing social consciousness among ASEAN youth.

For media enquiries, please contact:

ASEAN Foundation

Mr. Anthoni Octaviano

Communication Manager

anthoni.octaviano@aseanfoundation.org | +62-21 3192 4828 (ext. 115)

The ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP) | ASEAN Centre for Energy

Ms. Nanda F. Moenandar

Communication/Public Relations Officer

nandafebriani@aseanenergy.org | +62 (0) 21 527 8027

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Mr. Andri Suryo

Communications and Public Relations Advisor

andri.suryo@giz.de

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