Voices of the Future

Youth engagement with APEC issues was restored through our championing of the Voices of the Future.

A raft of practical ways to help solve global issues was delivered to APEC leaders by youth delegates participating in APEC Voices of the Future 2021.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talking to three Voices of the Future representatives..
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with New Zealand VOTF representatives. 2021 was the first time an APEC Leader had accepted the youth declaration.

A youth declaration 2021 was presented to the APEC 2021 Chair. To face the challenges ahead, youth delegates in 2021 said APEC leaders must:

  • build resilience and ensure equal access to vital medical resources
  • improve access to education via technology
  • push ahead with sustainability and develop connectivity
  • ensure the wellbeing of our environment, society, and future generations.

Download the APEC 2021 Voices of the Future Youth Declaration(external link)

Find out more about Voices of the Future(external link)

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