APEC Voices of the Future | Dukeofed

APEC Voices of the Future

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Theme: Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

Dates: 5 November to 11 November 2017

Venue: Da Nang, Vietnam

Official Language: English

Closing Date: 15th September



Founded in 2007, APEC Voices of the Future is a youth meeting for exchanges among young students from each economy held concurrently with the APEC Summit, aiming to let young students know more about APEC, expand their horizons, stimulate their enthusiasm for taking on the roles of leaders, and promote in-depth cultural exchanges among countries.

The Voices of the Future program brings together young people with potential for leadership and making a difference in society, and exposes them to the real-life deal-making process of world leaders, inspiring them to do the same with their own ideas.

Australia through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award nominates 5 participants (4 youth participants and 1 educator) to represent Australia at APEC Voices of the Future Youth Forum each year. There is no requirement to have completed the Award we just manage the applications.

Open to all Australians aged between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with the 4 x Youth Participants to be aged 18-25 whilst the Educator should be 25+

Over 7 days, delegates attend numerous events and collaborated with other youth, political leaders, and business magnates.


  • Provide a platform for interaction and networking for youth from the APEC 21 Economies to encourage mutual understanding and cooperation;
  • Encourage the active participation of young people on APEC-related issues and policies;
  • Cultivate a deeper appreciation of APEC and its work in the 21 economies;
  • Provide learning opportunities for youth to interact with APEC leaders and business leaders; and
  • Prepare future leaders of APEC economies.


Theme:  Each year there is a different theme with 2017 being “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”
Participants: Approximately 130 delegates from 21 APEC Economies (110 foreign delegates, 20 delegates from the Host Economy,)
Participating Economies: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam
Organized by: Voices Leadership Council, National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Council Singapore, and Vietnam APEC Voices 2017 Working Committee. In collaboration with APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), APEC and APEC 2017 CEO Summit Host Committee, Vietnam

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Applications close Friday 15th September