World Leadership Conference, 11th To 15th July 2011, Singapore


Live Report from Singapore

The second day was dedicated towards negotiation of the proposed amendments on the first day.

Task forces were established under the three themes to re-structure

the content of the policy paper and the delegates were working in small groups to make the process more efficient.

Several amendments were made and approved by the house

and some of the amendments were not negotiated and are still open for further discussion.

I was able to present the Action Based Change Declaration of South Asian Youth Conference. The presentation was focused on Importance of Peace under the following sections of peace within us, peace with others and peace with the environment. I believe that peace is the solution for most of the burning problems in our society including Sustainable development challenges and Climate Change. Ms.Clara M. Nobbel, the associate programme officer of United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) was also present and gave a presentation that highlighted the importance of Sustainable Governance, emphasizing mainly on the governing aspect.

Day 03
 The third day of the conference Opened by Mr. Nicolo Wojewoda, the Director of Road to Rio+20, Peace Child International, focused on how youths can engage with Rio+20 Campaign and how youths can make an impact on their community and government on sustainable development initiatives. An interesting panel discussion was carried by Dr. Chris Margules, Senior Scientist, Conservation International; Dr. Jung Tae-Yong, Deputy Executive Director, Global Growth Initiatives; Mr. Maran Gopalakrishnan, Communication Manaer, VESTAS; and Mr. Stevan Tan, Executive Secretary, Young NTUC. The panel addressed on the emerging challenges, benefits and implementation of Green Economy followed by several workshops on thematic sessions. As the previous day evening time was dedicated for policy delegates for amendments and discussion followed by networking sessions.
The World Leadership Conference 2011 is an Asia Pacific youth regional meeting for the Earth summit/Rio+20 due to be held in July 2012 on which the whole global community is focused on at the moment. Yet major climate change negotiations are still pending. The WLC have brought together over 21 countries in Asia and the Pacific to do a consultation towards the UN Rio 2012 summit. This will be a part of a buildup consultation for the region, targeting young people. It is also being  endorsed by UNEP with its regional director attending the event amongst many other UN and regional Governmental officials. More details online at
The position paper will be brought to UNEP RIM process as the Asia Pacific position paper under Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). The WLC identified three key themes namely, Green Economy to Eradicate Poverty, Energy for a Low Carbon Future, and Institutional Framework on Sustainable Development, which co-relates  with the UNCSD Rio+20’s major two themes.