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.
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:
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:
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:
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.