The Brunei+20 National Youth Seminar was held during the weekend of the 25th of May until the 27th of May, in conjunction with Rio +20 which is a United Nations Conference comprising of world leaders, representatives of governments and private sectors, local and foreign Non-Governmental Organisations included. This will be held in Brazil on the 20th until the 22nd June 2012. It was held to gather applicants aged 16 to 25 years old to be part of various workshops which enabled the youth to have a deeper understanding of Brunei Darussalam’s current stance within global circumstances, to shared discussions amongst themselves regarding current issues and to seek possible solutions with regards to sustainable development.
At the end of the 3 day seminar the youth would be expected to finalize their ‘Youth Statement’ which will be sent to the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development Major Group for Children and Youth which will include the Bruneian Youth’s ideas regarding the various issues which were to be discussed during the Rio+20 seminar. The youth were given the opportunity to visit 6 different government departments, which ranged from visiting the National Disaster Management Centre in Brunei to the Pelompong Aquaculture Centre (Hatchery and Nursery). This applicant was lucky to visit the Pelompong Aquaculture Centre and to take a boat trip offshore to visit and learn more of the offshore cages of fish and to circle around the Poni Divers Scuba destination ; the Pilong Rocks.
Then after the groups of youth were split into 2 different groups for their discussions they drafted their recommendations for Governance and The Green Economy which were to be discussed the next day for the closing ceremony. After a tiring long day of heated debate, and 2 square vegetarian meals it felt satisfying to be a part of the major group of like-minded youths that were deeply concerned of their environment and the effects it has for the general population. The issue of sustainable development revolves around 3 main aspects ; society, economy and the environment. It simply means to progress in these activities whilst preserving the conditions of the world we live in today for our future generation and the generations to come.
Spending only a limited amount of time with these new friends had been an enjoyable time, sharing long hours in the hot afternoon drafting or busily debating to late showers at night. It had been quite a privilege to meet not only new faces but also be acquainted by familiar ones.