The Asia Youth Speak-Up Forum 2021, organized by the Global Goals Youth in collaboration with the UN-Habitat and Korea National Committee for UN-Habitat, is a premier global virtual forum that engages youth leaders worldwide in collaborations and sharing of knowledge in solving global issues through leadership, negotiation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprehensive events.
Concurrently, the forum is designed to provide delegates with a wealth of international networks that would allow them to collaborate and engage in creating innovative, impactful and meaningful SDGs knowledge.
Participants are allowed the opportunity to enhance and refine their skills in public speaking, identify and improve individual talents and interests, thereby permitting them to effectively create and contribute meaningful ideas in their respective fields. Participants compete in Individual Speak Up Forums, Group Project Presentations, and Content of Presentations on the models used by various countries in implementing SDGs agenda, as well as learn how they could incorporate the activities to support SDGs.
UiTM team’s Nur Faiqah Dayana Abd Rashid, Noor Syairah Azhar and Nurin Miza Afiqah Andrie Dazlee from the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (FSKM) were announced as the winner for the Group Project Presentation.
The team, together with the Indonesian team, competed against delegates from Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Chile, India, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Kenya, Gambia, Colombia, and Brazil. Noor Syairah, representing the group, posited the idea of creating a Kids Coding Camp called “Lil Coders Camp” which aims to raise awareness on the importance of coding and to spark interest in computer sciences at a very young age. The three students were successfully mentored by Sanizah Ahmad.
In addition, Nurin Miza Afiqah Adrie Dazlee has made Malaysia proud with her achievement when she emerged as the Best Speaker in the Individual Speak-Up Forum competition. Nurin, who was chosen to represent Malaysia, staged her two-minute pitch on AdaLife by AdaLace, a prototype application that aims to bridge the financial gap for healthcare affordability in the form of crowdfunding.
The event which was held on 6th March 2021, and joined by 155 active youth leaders worldwide, provided a platform for participants to share perspectives and practical solutions to worldwide challenges and crises. The event was officiated by Heeryoung Kim, Manager for Communication UN Habitat for the Korea National Committee.
Participants enjoyed a session on living sustainably by Immanuel Bergmann, the Founder of Coaching for Cause. Meanwhile, Mr Dong-Ryul Kang, the Network Coordinator of Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) Korea delivered a workshop on SDGs Activism, inspiring those young leaders to follow suit in regards to SDGs Activism.
This program has successfully achieved its purpose in enabling youth leaders to come together and share their opinions regarding world issues while enhancing their communication, critical thinking and public speaking skills. They have also gained insights on ways to promote sustainable living. The network built is immeasurable and participants are expected to continue to support and harness their energies in addressing some of the biggest challenges in leadership today. Above all, the young leaders who participated in this event were inspired to advocate sustainable living to their families and peers, promising a great future for the next generation.