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    7 Lessons we can learn from world forums

    By Emmy Rusadi

    How international forums help me see the world
    It’s been over six years since I participated in my first MUN (Model United Nations), a United Nations decision making simulation. It was held in Yogyakarta, one of the biggest cities in Indonesia. I was a newbie on the General Assembly and when I received the first issues that I had to deal with, (in the form of negotiating and representing a certain country), I tried to understand how people from various nations get to tackle those issues.

    Next thing I knew, I was doing this again. I was selected as the official youth delegate for Asia Pacific Urban Forum-Youth (APUFY) in 2015, followed by APUF6, HLPF (High Level Political Forum), and so on. The purpose of these simulations was to help change MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) into SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). One year later, during HABITAT 3 Forum in Quito, we learned that the SDGs will be our new guideline to take the world forward. This world forum is only held every 15-20 year only. That said, you can imagine how hard it is to make people see the world through the same pair of eyes. More young people started to care and participate in making the world a better place.

    All these experiences have taught me that we should care about being up-to-date on what is happening around us and that these forums present us with solutions – we only need to put the in practice. Furthermore, keeping an eye on how everyone is doing their part is key; you have the chance to speak in front of your community and advocate the changes. It’s wonderful!

    A reflection on WEF (World Economic Forum)
    By the way, talking about forums would not be complete without mentioning this mind-blowing forum: World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. One could say this is the red carpet of everything that’s good in the world; world leaders, great organizations and media from all across the world were there in early 2018. This time, the theme was Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. Just to mention a few names, the list of participants included Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) and Donald Trump (President of the United States of America), Angela Merkel (Federal Chancellor, Germany), Paolo Gentiloni (Prime Minister of Italy), Emmanuel Macron (President of France), Theresa May (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada), Jean Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission), and more.

    One of the best parts of such a forum is that everyone can participate and offer solutions. Furthermore, young people can learn a lot from the process. During a panel where Justin Trudeau and Malala joined forces, they talked about the fact that women should use the clothes they want, the education they want and to be part of a positive movement.

    This is not the time to judge a person by the cover but by the changes they bring to this world. This is not the time to judge a person by the cover but one to encourage young people to be involved in the world with everything it has to offer.

    Now the question remains: how can we put in practice everything that we saw (or read about) the WEF? Here’s what we can do.
    (1) Absorb as many as options to solve problems. Problems are like snowballs so it’s better to try and look at problems with wider lens and find a solution that solves more than one problem.
    (2) Be the voice of communities. Someone needs to represent the public opinion so if world leaders can do that, why wouldn’t you do the same? Young people should combine their energy to solve problems.
    (3) Between a global issue and a local solution, always choose he second option because it’s more powerful and efficient.
    (4) Do not only focus on building or making future -make it sustainable instead.
    (5) Be innovative. We’ve already seen how big data can solve problems such as human trafficking and environmental degradation but sophisticated technology should not be our only tool.
    (6) Be tolerant, respectful, and emphatic. We cannot (and should not) live alone! When people suffer and are hungry, try not to be wasteful when you consume foods. These simple gestures might mean the world to someone else.
    (7) Last but not least, networking.

    I hope this helped. Do you have any stories that you want to share with us? Then send your article to newsroom@iyfweb.org. Further information and materials related to the World Economic Forum can be accessed here: www.weforum.org

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