A bright light is projected from the 40 inch flat TV screen in one of the rooms at The Verdure Hall, Henry Sy. Building, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines on Thursday (28/9). Over 20 people in that room are busy looking at the giant screen as well as looking at each of their own laptop’s screen. Voices and whispers suddenly filled up the room when Pa Sokheng, the university student from Cambodia raised her dissenting opinion towards the phrase “and be open to new research institutes” as the group tried to reach consensus on the text of a draft statement by ‘senior environment officials’ of ASEAN.
Let’s meet Samantha Gunawan, 27 years old, who prefers to be called as farmpreneur instead of agripreneur because she believes the term is more suitable to represent her youth and what she has been doing! #ASEANHeroes
“The most useful thing for me is networking with ASEAN member state representatives and with the secretariat team. It is useful that I learned about the blueprints. Some of our work in the community has important links to the ASEAN strategy towards natural resources management and water management,” said Saw John Bright, Coodinator of the Water Governance Programme at KESAN, one of the 2nd S Rajaratnam Endowment (SRE) ASEAN Community Forum participants from Myanmar.
After a thorough process of selection involving selection panel members from the Philippine Mission to ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat as well as the ASEAN Foundation, 70 undergraduate students and 10 university academic members have successfully been selected to participate in the six-day programme of the Third ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting 2017 or the 3rd AFMAM 2017, in short, at the De La Salle University, Manila, on 25 – 30 September 2017. A total of 88 participants are targeted including the involvement of the AFMAM alumni from the Philippines.
Organized by ASEAN Foundation (AF), in partnership with Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC) with the support of EU, IFAD and Swiss Development, ALSPEAC gathered farmers’ organization, governments (ASEAN SectoralWorking Group on Agricultural Cooperatives/ASWGAC), and private sectors from participating ASEAN countries to discuss the challenges and opportunities in coffee production, processing and marketing.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) co-hosted the conference entitled South-South Exchange on Youth Volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Sharing Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Other Approaches from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Countries in Bangkok, Thailand, from 20-23 June. The South-South Exchange and the Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge (YVIC) are recent efforts that focuses on the value and need for volunteerism in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.