At the closing ceremony of the Youth Model ASEAN Conference on Monday, 200 youths from the 10 ASEAN countries proposed solutions to some of Southeast Asia’s pressing issues, covering areas like education and the environment.

SINGAPORE: About 200 youths from the 10 ASEAN countries proposed solutions to some of Southeast Asia’s pressing issues at the closing ceremony of the Youth Model ASEAN Conference on Monday (Dec 22).

This is the first time that representatives from each country have taken part. Over the course of four days, participants assumed the roles of diplomats, coming up with solutions to environmental challenges, discussing the issue of economic integration and proposing responses to future disasters.

The students also sought ways to improve educational opportunities for the poor and strengthen relationships through sports.

Listening in on their solutions was Mr Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. He engaged the students in a dialogue and encouraged them to further their aspirations within ASEAN.

He said: “First of all, be optimistic and be hopeful about what you can do in the region. Secondly, look at the opportunities in the areas that you are passionate about. It could be environment, it could be sports, it could be arts and culture.

“Then start thinking about understanding and growing this ability to think about how can you develop your passion and area of excellence within the region.”

– CNA/xy