Youth to represent Brunei at summit

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BRUNEIAN Fadli M Zaini will be representing the sultanate at One Young World (OYW) Summit 2016 in Ottawa, Canada.

The 21-year-old will be attending the summit, which runs from September 28 to October 1, as a recipient of the “All Bar None” sponsorship, an initiative designed to ensure that outstanding youths from every country in the world are represented at the event.

According to the OYW website, the All Bar None sponsorship will cover the cost of travel to and from Ottawa, hotel accommodation, catering, transport, summit hand-outs and support materials.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Fadli said this is the second time he will be representing Brunei as a flag-bearer internationally.

Fadli had previously represented Brunei as a flag-bearer during the 2015 Commonwealth Day event in London.

“This was all unexpected, and I still can’t believe I’m going to OYW Summit 2016. I’ve seen videos of the previous conferences on YouTube and it’s amazing.

“I’ve actually been advocating for youth development for the past six years and have worked with many organisations, and to be able to present my work as well as my identity as a Bruneian youth (at the OYW summit) is great,” he said.

Fadli said he was looking forward to meeting every single delegate because of their diversity and experiences, particularly former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who will be expected to deliver a keynote speech during this year’s OYW summit.

“I look forward to hearing and meeting him in person, to actually learn what is the current state of our world, state of globalisation and how we can learn from conflict resolution, especially in times of uncertainty here in Southeast Asia with economies and global players,” Fadli said.

As part of the OYW Summit 2016 itinerary, delegates will be taking part in Internal Breakout Sessions which provide them with interactive and practical insight into the issues and topics they are most passionate about, as well as External Breakout Sessions which are sessions and experiences outside of the main summit venue at iconic Ottawa locations and offices.

“After my participation in the OYW summit, I hope to be able to bring back discussions and new perspectives and to connect with existing OYW ambassadors and the community, especially in Brunei,” Fadli said.

OYW on its website said its delegates are 18 to 30-year-olds who “have demonstrated ability and a commitment to effecting positive change”.

“Many have already had an impact in their home countries on a range of issues, including the role of business in society, transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change, global health and hunger relief,” OYW said.

OYW said this year’s summit agenda will focus on human rights, the environment, peace and security, global business, health and education.

The Brunei Times