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Young leaders inspire at Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue

Released at: 15:00, 04/06/2019

Young leaders inspire at Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue

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21 young leaders from Vietnam and Australia meet at this year's leadership dialogue.

by Hung Cao

For the first time in Vietnam, 21 young leaders from Vietnam and Australia met last week 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 the environment.

The dialogue took place over five days in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and aimed 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 centered around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals under the overarching theme “Beyond 2019: Towards Our Sustainable Future”. Delegates had an official meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam to hear support from the government and the importance of their role in bringing greater prosperity to the bilateral relationship.

The dialogue was opened in the presence of First Secretary of the Communist Youth Union Mr. Le Quoc Phong and H.E. Craig Chittick, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, who expressed his encouragement to the 2019 delegates.

Continuing on from the strong foundations of the inaugural 2017 AVYLD in Sydney, Australia, the 2019 program challenged the young leaders to think differently and stretch their existing thoughts and considerations. Strong emphasis was placed on five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, in cross-country teams, delegates put their energies into a six-month project that addresses one of these SDGs.

The challenges the SDGs aim to address are acute in both countries. The dialogue espoused the principle that only through collaboration can countries address shared national, regional, and global challenges. The themes were further explored by a number of speakers who were invited to deliver their perspective and engage in discussions with delegates.

“The Australian Government via the Australia ASEAN Council is a proud supporter of the Dialogue,” said Ambassador Chittick. “It was inspiring to have been part of the process to select the delegates for the 2019 Dialogue. There is no doubt they will help shape the future of Vietnam and Australia. I look forward to strengthening our bilateral relationship with Vietnam through this significant platform.”

One of the highlight activities of the AVYLD program was a young leaders forum, held on May 28, which was open to members of the public. The delegates shared their own views and experiences on the significance of the five Sustainable Development Goals throughout the dialogue and also responded to questions asked by the public. The forum attracted over 600 registrations from young professionals and students who wanted to attend and share their ideas and enthusiasm in discussions with delegates.

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