UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, stressed the importance of youth engagement and the need to invest in the power of youth during his participation at the 1st ASEAN Young Leaders Summit in Malaysia. The Summit brought together in Kuala Lumpur young leaders from the ASEAN community under the theme “Maximizing Young Leaders Potential Towards One ASEAN Community” and was held in conjunction with the 27th ASEAN Summit.
On the side of the ASEAN meeting in Malaysia, the Envoy of Youth joined by the UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia met with Malaysian Minister Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, to discuss collaboration between the UN and Malaysian Government on youth issues as well as future ideas of collaboration to engage youth in the implementation of the SDGs.
Alhendawi also held a town hall meeting with representatives of youth organizations and youth groups, convened at the international youth center in collaboration with the Malaysian youth council, to discuss different issues and challenges in youth development.
During his 3-day visit, the Youth Envoy visited the World Organization of the Scout Movement’s (WOSM) Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was received by Mr Scott Teare, WOSM Secretary-General. Alhendawi commended the important role played by the scouts in empowering youth and urged the scouts to continue their important work particularly in relation to tackling climate change.