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Anne-Sophie Page is the most recent winner of the scholarship. She joined the New Zealand delegation taking part in the week-long 2017 Forum in Da Nang, Vietnam, involving 115 youth delegates from around the world.
“The opportunity to listen to the thoughts of leaders in both politics and business on some of the key issues facing the modern world was one of the most valuable aspects of the APEC Voices of the Future programme. The summit consisted of panel discussions, with some keynote speakers that focused on topics like the Future of Globalisation. The main keynote addresses came from President Rodrigo Duterte, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping.
On the final morning of the Summit, the opportunity to have breakfast with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, along with the rest of the New Zealand delegation attending the summit was made available. The table arrangements saw youth delegates seated at different tables amongst some of the most influential economic leaders in New Zealand. It was a humbling experience to be included in conversations with such prominent people and have our opinions heard and valued.
The week spent in Vietnam wasn’t all politics and business though, we were given time to explore the city and the countryside. As a group, we visited orphanages, villages and the attractions that surrounded Da Nang and Hoi An. We indulged in the local cuisine, immersed ourselves in the Vietnamese culture and spent the nights getting to know the fellow 16 economies.
APEC Voices of the Future was an incredible experience. The topic of international relations has been a long-held interest of mine and belonging to the NZ delegation has given me a strong perspective and insight on the collaborative approach needed to address the Asia Pacific region’s issues. I took full advantage of this opportunity, and I encourage any future Massey delegates to do the same.”
Caitlyn Poole received funding through the PMSA to participate in intensive language courses in China before spending two semesters of study at Chengdu University where she will continue her study of Mandarin.
She has written about her experiences in China, involving an AsiaNZ Foundation Business Internship and the PMSA, how they have shaped her views of China and New Zealand, and why she sees studying in China as part of her Massey studies as valuable.
The United Nations and the Peace Boat offer scholarships each year focusing on advocacy towards the Sustainable Development Goals within the Latin America region. Anne-Sophie was also one of the 2018 recipients who joined a group of students from all over the world in this three-week opportunity.
“Although locations change every year, we spent three days in Panama living in indigenous communities and having opportunities to interact and work with the head UNDP office of Latin America. We then sailed to Costa Rica and finished in Mexico for three days. It was a trip that completely changed my perspective and I wanted to share some reflections.
These past weeks I have taken a step back from Uni and pursued aspects of life that truly drive me. That light a fire within. Habits that I correct my mental wheel alignment.
For those wanting context, earlier this year I received a global scholarship from the United Nations in conjunction with the non-government organisation, Peace Boat, to advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Two months later, I find myself sailing up the coast of Latin America. A region that gives a new definition to the meaning of sweat. Where parrots land on your head. Where rainforests tower over you. Where people express their emotions and identity through dance. Where there is a fine line between violence and peace, honesty and corruption, poverty and wealth. All this and the extent of my Spanish competency consists of one word: gracias.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in essence, categorise the issues that our world faces under 17 headings. These include poverty, hunger, gender inequality, climate change etc. The compartmentalisation of these issues give both public and private sectors tangible objectives to work toward. They are a crucial framework for bringing about change.”
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Last updated on Thursday 04 October 2018