Young leaders from Vietnam and Australia shape the future

08:43 | 05/08/2019 Cooperation

(VEN) - Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue 2019 is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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For the first time in Vietnam, 21 young leaders from Vietnam and Australia met to engage in the 2019 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD). Selected on the basis on their leadership ability and potential to shape national and regional agendas, the young leaders represent diverse industries such as the arts, agriculture, technology, sports, business, education and environment.

The dialogue was hold over five days from May 26-30, 2019 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It aims to facilitate deeper cross-cultural understanding and collaboration through discussions and workshops with distinguished speakers and panelists from both Vietnam and Australia. This year, the dialogue centers around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the overarching theme Beyond 2019: Towards Our Sustainable Future. Delegates had an official meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam, to hear support from the government and the importance of their roles in bringing greater prosperity to the bilateral relationship.

Within the overarching theme, delegates had the opportunity to engage, discuss and be provided with new perspectives on the following themed areas: Global leadership (leading with courage and good governance in a globalized world); Harnessing opportunities (maximizing human potential, distributed and regenerative by design, entrepreneurial approach to reducing inequalities); Sustaining our futures (educating for the future, gender justice, environmental sustainability and living with purpose); Building momentum (Australia and Vietnam 2030, identity, aspirations and challenges).

The challenges that the SDGs aim to address are acutely alive in both nations. The dialogue espouses the principle that only through collaboration, countries can address such shared, national, regional and global challenges. The themed areas were explored by a number of profound speakers who have been invited to deliver their perspective and engage in discussions with delegates. One of the highlighted activities of the AVYLD program was a Young Leaders Forum, organized on the 28th May 2019, which brought about 300 members of the public joined the event. The 2019 delegates shared their own views and experiences on the significance of the five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals thread throughout dialogue.

In addition, there was an exclusive Gala Dinner on the 29th May to wrap-up the significant milestones and take the opportunity to celebrate and express sincere appreciation to the AVYLD community. Guests were provided with a closer look into two remarkable social projects based in Vietnam, represented by AVYLD’s Alumni Phillip Nguyen, Ambassador of Loreto Vietnam and Huong Dang, co-founder of HopeBox, the social enterprise generating awareness of domestic and family violence in Vietnam, founded as a result of engagement at the 2017 Dialogue.

For more information about AVYLD: www.australiavietnam.org; the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/avyld.

Phung Khuu

Theo 2019 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue