The forum will focus on the three key themes of leadership, professionalism, and managing sustainable development. These themes only serve as broad guides for the topics of discussion; therefore, rather than looking at them as distinct forum strands, they are in fact inter-woven and complementary.

Theme 1: Developing Future Leaders of Southeast Asia

This theme facilitates the conversation about young people’s understanding and definitions of leadership. It will underscore the complex processes of exercising good leadership skills such as how leaders should listen to, and take into account, multiple stakeholders’ interests. To illustrate that leadership is a two-way street, collaboration in teams will likewise be highlighted in this theme. Further, twenty-first century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and citizenship will be introduced along with examples of pathways for such skills to be practised by leaders. This theme will thus offer opportunities for the participants to ponder on how they see themselves as leaders in an interconnected, dynamic, and collaborative ASEAN region. Plenary sessions in this theme include:

  1. Concepts and Facets of Leadership
  2. Team Leadership and Team Dynamics
  3. Leadership of 21st Century Global Citizens

Theme 2: Effective Professional Values and Skills

While professionalism encompasses multiple traits, this theme will focus on ethical behaviour, which is deemed as the foundation of professional integrity. As youths in the cusp of transitioning from the school to the workplace, it is critical that they have relevant values to navigate the professional world. Speakers from multiple fields such as the media, medicine, and the arts will expound on the desired ethical conduct in their occupations. Plenary sessions in this theme include:

  1. Core Values in Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  2. Examples of Professional Ethics

Theme 3: Managing the Development of a Changing World

The changing world will be generally defined by rapid economic growth and increasing cultural interconnectivity. As future leaders, ASEAN’s youth should have a nuanced understanding of development as not just of rapid economic growth but one that is cognizant of its impact on communities and the ecology. This theme attempts to provoke the youth’s reflections on how economic growth should be guided by the principles of sustainable development. It will also delve into how development could be inclusive and equitable. Lastly, to become effective in their professions in the context of an inter-connected ASEAN, this theme will highlight models of effective intercultural communication. It will conclude by engaging the youth’s collective vision of an interconnected and integrated ASEAN community. Plenary sessions in this theme include:

  1. Sustainable Development Economics
  2. Sustainable Environmental Management
  3. Multi-lingual Communication
  4. Intercultural Appreciation and Understanding

Under Theme 3, the forum will have two site visits in the vicinity of Bangkok. These projects and initiatives highlight community participation and sustainable practices: a.) Chitralada Royal Villa, Dusit Palace, Bangkok and b.) Kadi Chin multicultural community, Thonburi, Bangkok.