ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Asean looks toward youth
By David Swartzemtruber
On the political front, the status quo prevailed underlined by the in ability of Asean to take more effective action on the Thai-Cambodia border conflict.
The third pillar of Asean, the socio-cultural is undoubtedly the most difficult to achieve, given Asean’s kaleidoscope of religions, languages and cultures. The crux of socio-cultural integration will not fall on today’s generation but the generations growing up in their youthful years after 2015.
Rather than something new, Asean will be an established framework that children will be growing up in, hopefully providing them with an improved quality of life. Although national capitals will continue to be the place where policies are made that affect people’s lives , decisions will also be emanating from the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta.
For this reason, youth play an important role in Asean. It is this reason that the Asean leaders held a dialogue with youth representatives from the 10 Asean member states. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Raza said that more active young people with a sense of identity were needed to foster Asean integration.
This forum was initiated by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and Youth and Sports Ministry and the Asean Secretariat, to build a stronger architecture for the Asean community in 2015.
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