The 11th Jeju International Youth Forum
27 November 2020, Jeju, Republic of Korea – UNITAR CIFAL Jeju co-organized the 11th Jeju International Youth Forum, which was co-hosted by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, with Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Office in Jeju, Republic of Korea.
The 11thInternational Youth Forum took place from 27 November to 29 November 2020 under the theme of ‘From Policy to Action: The Engagement of Global Youth Leaders in Rapidly Changing World’. There were 195 participants (147 students and 48 teachers) from 28 cities across the world including Jeju’s sister and friendship cities, member cities of international organizations, and East Asian cultural cities.
Youth around the world have been most impacted by COVID-19 on such fronts as education, public health, biodiversity and social participation, when there are no clear and immediate solutions available yet. Since youth engagement and participation in the course of navigating the uncertain and unknown world has become imperative, UNITAR CIFAL Jeju has provided a platform for our young leaders to have a deeper understanding of their role in securing sustainable development targets in the midst of global pandemic.
Organized as an on-and-offline hybrid forum for the first time in its history, the forum was joined by participants who were physically present at the venue in Jeju and those who called in virtually. Opening messages were all pre-recorded and streamed via Youtube, including keynote address delivered by Deputy Director-General Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Though the setting was new to all participants, and that the time allowed for discussion was limited due to a huge variation of participating cities and the resultant time difference, 147 students were able to produce their findings in a more creative way. It could be evaluated as an in-depth immersive engagement that helped young participants build global citizenship.
On the last day of the 11th Jeju International Youth Forum, participating students shared self-filmed videos that showcased their city, culture, and themselves. The 3-day forum had to adapt to the global pandemic situation, but it still fostered youth leadership development and helped participants to form friendships, trust beyond borders, and better understand different cultures.