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ASEAN FOUNDATION MODEL ASEAN MEETING PLUS AUSTRALIA 2024

(AFMAM PLUS AUSTRALIA 2024)

Celebration of 50 Years of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations

10-14 September, Jakarta, Indonesia

Application Deadline: 19 July 2024

Send Inquiries to: [email protected]

 

BACKGROUND

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia relations, the ASEAN Foundation, with support from the Australian Government through the Australian Mission to ASEAN, is pleased to organise the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting Plus Australia 2024, inviting youth from ASEAN, Timor-Leste and Australia to discuss and brainstorm on improving ASEAN-Australia ties for the future. The theme of the program is ‘50 Years of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations: A Partnership for the Future’.

The ASEAN Foundation inaugurated the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting (AFMAM) in 2015, held in conjunction with the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since then, the ASEAN Foundation has been implementing the program annually in ASEAN countries with the exception of AFMAM implementation in 2020 – 2021 which was organised virtually due to COVID-19. This year, the ASEAN Foundation, in collaboration with the Australian Mission to ASEAN, will conduct the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting Plus Australia 2024 (AFMAM Plus Australia 2024) at the ASEAN Headquarters/Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia in September 2024.

With the goal of promoting ASEAN and Dialogue Partner diplomacy within Southeast Asia and Australia, the program will provide participants with an opportunity to experience, exercise and increase their decision making and diplomacy skills and knowledge on the ASEAN-Australia relationship.

AFMAM PLUS AUSTRALIA 2024

The ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting Plus Australian 2024 (AFMAM Plus Australia 2024), invites tertiary education students from the 10 ASEAN countries, Timor-Leste, and Australia to promote and understand the roles and functions of ASEAN and its external partners through a fun yet educational approach and simulations of high-level ASEAN meetings. The program communicates ASEAN and its relations to a younger generation with significant interests in studying international relations and diplomacy.

The program aims to provide these students an authentic experience to understand ASEAN-Australia relations, as well as to enhance essential skills and knowledge, particularly on global awareness, cross-cultural skills, critical and inventive thinking, negotiation, public speaking, consensus-building. In addition, the extension of friendship circles across ASEAN and beyond also paves the way for people-to-people links and pursuing a partnership for the future.

During the program, you will participate in a series of activities:

  1. Pre-Conference Online Training: The online training for delegates is designed to ensure that the delegates attending the AFMAM Plus Australia 2024 have a certain degree of knowledge competence on ASEAN, the themes and topics, and foreign policy.
  2. In-Conference Training: On the first day of the conference, delegates would undergo training/informal consultation sessions to prepare them for further committee sessions. The sessions during the in-conference training cover information on a) Understanding the ASEAN Secretariat and Chair role; b) Protocols on Chairing and Facilitating; and c) Developing and Amending the Chair’s Statement.
  3. The AFMAM Plus Australia 2024: As the main event of the program, the AFMAM Plus Australia 2024 Conference will provide an avenue for delegates to experience a role as high-level ASEAN and Australian officials and partake in a series of ASEAN and ASEAN Plus meetings, leading to an Outcome Document which will be signed upon completion of the Program.

Your participation provides an excellent opportunity to develop your network and a sense of community, gain a better understanding of ASEAN Member States and their relations with external partners, and encourage mutual understanding. You will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of ASEAN's diversity and the ASEAN-Australia relationship. It is also an interactive and engaging process where YOU, the students, will role-play as high-level ASEAN officials and partake in a series of ASEAN Plus meetings.

TOPIC OVERVIEW

The overall theme for the program will be centred around celebrating ‘50 Years of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations: A Partnership for the Future’. ASEAN and Australia have built a strong relationship over five decades of cooperation since Australia became ASEAN’s first Dialogue Partner, contributing to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.

Topics for the three community pillars of ASEAN, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), will be decided upon consultation and discussion with the Australian Mission to ASEAN in line with the overarching theme.

 

PROCESS AND TIMELINE

The AFMAM Plus Australia 2024 will be held at The ASEAN Headquarters/Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia from 10 to 14 September 2024. The following are important indicative dates:

1 – 19 July

Call for Application

19 July

Deadline of Application Submission

15 – 26 July

Application Assessment and Selection

30 July

Delegate Announcement

12 – 23 August

Pre-Conference Online Workshop for Delegates

Training for Delegates

30 August

Submission of Position Papers

9 September

Delegate’s arrival to Jakarta

10 – 14 September

AFMAM Plus Australia 2024

15 September

Delegate’s departure

*The above timeline is subject to adjustments

 

ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS

Tertiary education students with the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

ASEAN and Timor-Leste Students

Australian Students

  • Enrolled as a student of a tertiary education institution in the ASEAN Member States or Timor-Leste, taking diploma or undergraduate studies (or equivalent level) in any discipline at the time when the program takes place
  • A citizen of one of the 10 ASEAN Member States or Timor-Leste
  • Reside in an ASEAN country or Timor-Leste
  • Between 18 and 25 years of age when the program takes place
  • English proficiency; verbal and written
  • Enrolled as a student of a tertiary education institution in the ASEAN Member States, Timor-Leste, or Australia, taking diploma or undergraduate studies (or equivalent level) in any discipline at the time when the program takes place
  • A citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Reside in the ASEAN countries, Timor-Leste or Australia
  • Between 18 and 25 years of age when the program takes place

Below are the required documents you need to prepare before applying:

  • Personal Data
  • Professional headshot photo (please ensure your file is in JPG or JPEG format and does not exceed 500 KBs).
  • Scanned passport/ID (please ensure your file is in JPG or JPEG format and does not exceed 500 KBs).
  • Letter of Recommendation from respective department/faculty/university/education institution for each person (please ensure that your file is in PDF format and does not exceed 500 KBs). This is written in free format on letterhead paper, signed by authorised official of your institution verifying: name, department, faculty, and the current semester you are in.
  • List of five most noteworthy personal or professional achievements of each applicant (please do not share more than 5 achievements, the list should be brief and concise ie. 2-3 sentences each, do not write a full CV/resume).
  • An individual essay addressing the following questions in no more than 800 words:
  • What do ASEAN-Australia relations mean to you? How do you think youth can meaningfully engage on the region’s future and create impact?
  • What is one important issue that you think needs to be addressed at the ASEAN-Australia level, to ensure it is a Partnership for the Future? What are some solutions you’d propose ASEAN and Australia take forward to resolve this issue?

 

IMPORTANT: Please rename every document using the format: Country (ISO 3-Digit Alphabetic Codes)-Full Name (as listed on Passport)-Document Name (e.g., IDN-Anisa Rahmawati-Passport). Before completing the form, firstly put all your files (be mindful of the required specifications!) in one folder for easy access.

REGISTRATION LINK:

 

In line with Australia’s commitment to gender equality, disability and social inclusion, we invite participants from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply and particularly encourage women and people with disabilities to apply. If you have accessibility requirements, please indicate this in the relevant section of the above forms.

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

The program will be organised by the ASEAN Foundation and funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Mission to ASEAN. The program will fully fund round trips from your closest major city in the country of origin to Jakarta, Indonesia, for the AFMAM Plus Australia 2024, visa costs, accommodation, transport in Jakarta and meals. The program will also:

  • Enable you to understand ASEAN diplomacy and how decision-makers of the ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners address regional issues by being involved in the authentic simulation exercises.
  • Provide you with an opportunity to improve essential skills and knowledge, particularly on global awareness, cross-cultural skills, critical and inventive thinking, negotiation, public speaking, consensus-building as well as leadership.
  • Provide you with an exciting and unforgettable lifetime experience with us and your peers from other ASEAN Member States, Timor-Leste, and Australia.
  • Bridge a network of young leaders from across ASEAN and Australia.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through bit.ly/AFMAMAUS_Form_ASEAN  (for ASEAN and Timor-Leste Students) and bit.ly/AFMAMAUS_Form_Australia (for Australian Students) by 19 July 2024. Incomplete forms will not be further processed for shortlisting. A total of 39 participants will be selected. Don’t let go of this once-in-a-life time opportunity of becoming a cadre of future young leaders!

For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

 

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