THURSDAY, 12 AUGUST
11:00AM – 4:00PM AEST

With international travel banned for another year, how can young people continue to navigate shifting diplomatic relationships in the region, create meaningful engagement online, and empower the next generation to establish life-long connections with Asia?

Where 2020 was about survival, in 2021 we are emerging under new rules of engagement; rebuilding, reconnecting, and reimagining the way we work, socialise, and engage internationally. While some uncertainty remains, our new hybrid digital / in-person reality is here to stay – a new context we have no choice but to embrace if we are to thrive in a post-pandemic world.

While digital literacy is on an incline globally with young people leading the charge, Asia literacy is quickly moving in the opposite direction, risking not only future opportunities for deep and personal ties to the region but Australia’s place as a regional economic, trade and security partner in Asia. This decline in Asia competency coupled with fallout from an ongoing global pandemic means we must look to and empower the organisations actively working with counterparts in the region as a blueprint for how to succeed in this new and constantly evolving environment.

At our inaugural youth forum last year, we explored how Asia-engaged youth are keeping connected through COVID-19. At year two of this global shift, we reconvene young leaders for a half-day forum to understand how we can work within these new parameters to reshape our Asia engagement, “level up” our digital engagement, and foster deep and long-lasting connections to the region.


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Agenda

11:00
11:05

Welcome and Introduction

11:05
11:10

Welcome to Country

11:10
11:20

Session Keynote, The Hon. Ros Spence MP, Victoria’s Minister for Youth, Multicultural Affairs and Community Sport

11:20
12:10

Panel 1: A Whole New World

What are the new realities facing Asia-engaged young people at this time of significant global shift?

Youth dialogues representing three key bilateral relationships for Australia; China, India and Vietnam, are joined by a senior representative from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for an intergenerational discussion on shifting regional ties, navigating geopolitics, and the power of young people in shaping Australia’s future engagement with Asia.

12:10
13:00

Break & Networking

12:30
12:50

Gen A Chats

Sit down with a young leader from Asia Society Australia’s Gen A member network as they interview a special guest on the value of, and path to, sustained future engagement with the region.

13:00
13:10

Session Keynote: Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

13:10
14:00

Panel 2: On the Path Unwinding

How do we engage with Asia in this new world?

We bring together some of the most active youth organisations engaging with the region to talk best practice, digital step-up, creating meaningful connection and the value of personal connection in empowering the next generation to become Asia-passionate in the months and years ahead.

14:00

Public Forum Concludes

14:30
16:00

Young Leaders Workshop with Value Learning Intercultural Specialists

By invitation only

16:00

Event close

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