One of my best hobbies is volunteering and earning qualified experience for improving myself. Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity for youths nowadays. I speak English since less than 2 years, so my background is not that big as I would wish, but still sufficient to share it with you. My first important step in discovering this World took part in 2017 during the The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF), organized by Global Diplomatic Forum (GDF) and its delivered by world leading experts. Set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished future leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connections to influence global leaders.OPEN GALLERYI was a delegate for two of them, the amazing Young Diplomats Forum held in Riga/Latvia where I met these awesome people, and Young Diplomats Forum in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, with great speeches, guests and views. Also planning to join the next one in Brussels and maybe few more after, its never enough.
YOUNG DIPLOMATS FORUM 2017 – LATVIA
Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia, it is also the largest city in the three Baltic states. Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. Riga was the European Capital of Culture during 2014, along with Umeå in Sweden. Riga hosted the 2006 NATO Summit, the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, the 2006 IIHF Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships and the 2013 World Women’s Curling Championship. It is home to the European Union’s office of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).
The Forum tackled pressing and topical issues related to international affairs from the perspective of young global leaders. It stimulated and facilitated an advanced exchange of ideas, built trust and became a catalyst for change on a regional and global arena.
Exactly one year later, same month, same event, same kind of interesting people and activities, but another continent, another side of the World.
YOUNG DIPLOMATS FORUM 2018 – MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur or commonly known as KL, is the national capital and largest city in Malaysia and it is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in both population and economic development. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural, financial and economic centre of Malaysia. It is also home to the Parliament of Malaysia and the official residence of the Malaysian King. The city once held the headquarters of the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, but these were relocated to Putrajaya in early 1999. However, some sections of the political bodies still remain in Kuala Lumpur. Since the 1990s, the city has played host to many international sporting, political and cultural events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Kuala Lumpur has undergone rapid development in recent decades and is home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers, which have since become an iconic symbol of Malaysian development. Kuala Lumpur is one of the leading cities in the world for tourism and shopping, being the tenth most-visited city in the world in 2017. The city houses three of the world’s ten largest shopping malls. Kuala Lumpur has been ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking at No. 70 in the world, and No. 2 in Southeast Asia after Singapore. Kuala Lumpur was named as one of the New7Wonders Cities, and has been named as World Book Capital 2020 by UNESCO.
Allow me to regale you with a tale of one of my thrilling adventures, where I once again found myself running late for my flight! My journey was set to take me from Düsseldorf to Berlin, then onto Singapore, and finally Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, my initial flight was delayed by 10 minutes, which subsequently resulted in me missing my connecting flight by a mere 5 minutes. Consequently, due to this slight delay, I found myself spending the night in a Berlin hotel, awaiting my rescheduled flight the following morning.
Thankfully, the airline took full responsibility for the mishap, as it was beyond my control, and arranged my overnight stay. Despite the unexpected detour, I managed to enjoy a delightful day exploring the charming streets of Berlin. However, the downside was that I had to endure a total of 25 hours in transit (excluding my day in Berlin) to reach my eagerly anticipated event. Regrettably, I missed one day of the event and had to endure another 25-hour journey back home after just 4 days. What a pity!
Despite the setbacks, every moment was worth it. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and it was all part of a grander plan.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MALAYSIAN WEEK:
- Priorities of Malaysia’s Foreign Policy with members of Parliament and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- All delegates will be attending the exclusive Asia Diplomatic Summit
- Create a lasting legacy of the 11th edition of the Young Diplomats Forum 2018
- H.E YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- HE Senator Marzuki Yahya, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs ,
- HE Ambassador Grégoire of Belgium,
- HE Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Ambassador of Sweden,
- Tan Sri Michael O.K.Yeoh, Chief Executive, Asia Strategy And Leadership Institute ,
- Younes El-Ghazi, Chief Executive of Global Diplomatic Forum,
- Jonathan Paris , Senior Adviser , the Chertoff Group
Another beautiful highlight was to meet my lovely friends, I don’t forget to mention in every post, so it was a reunion of the previous Forum. We decided to make a tradition to meet each year, of course not only, in the city where Young Diplomats Forum is hold. Brussels next time babies?!
WHY ATTEND the events?
- Contribute to the debate on the top of the global diplomatic agenda
- Meet and interact with diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government’s officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts
- Attend sessions at Parliament, Chamber of Commerce, EU Commission and European Parliament Representation Office
- Workshops on Smart Diplomacy
- Increase your knowledge, contacts and skills sets to boost your career
- Diplomacy in the 21st Century ambassadors and leading experts at the Global Diplomats Forum
Cultural Visit, receptions and performances