ASEAN-Korea Youth Summit pave way to collaborative future with official recommendations to ASEAN and Korean Senior Officials

By Chawanvit Panprasert, Programme Officer
7 December 2020

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Republic of Korea together with the National Council of Youth Organisations in Korea (NCYOK) invited 110 youth representing every ASEAN country and Korea to the first-ever ASEAN-Korea Youth summit held virtually during 25-27 November 2020. The main drivers assisting in the organization of this event were the Korea Youth Work Agency, Korean Educational Psychology Association and the ASEAN University network. The ASEAN-Korea Youth Summit aims to generate common recommendations in ASEAN-Korea relations in 3 key areas – People, Peace and Prosperity. The recommendation is delivered to H.E. Dr. Lee Jing Ok, Minister of Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea and will be handed to the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) through the ASEAN Secretariat by a youth representative.

Under the main theme “Togetherness of ASEAN-Korean Youth, for the future of ASEAN-Korea Community”, participants from ASEAN and Korea collaboratively written a recommendation paper through a discussion process on 3 categories and 6 sub-topics as follows:

1. People: Future-oriented Community Collaboration and Youth Exchanges between ASEAN and Korea

  • Sub-topic 1: Exchange and Development through Manifestations of ASEAN Core Values: Communitarianism

To balance communitarianism and individualism in society and create unity among diversity in ASEAN and Korean society through international activities, the online platform, non-governmental agencies, ASEAN education, the initiation of an ASEAN passport, and collaboration in solving common issues.

  • Sub-topic 2: Personal Exchange beyond Geographical Borders for Fellowship: Focusing on Youth Interactions

To create changes in mindset, policy, and practice levels by reducing prejudices toward ASEAN member states, increasing quality education opportunities through scholarships, establishing regional organisations to ensure equal opportunities access to education, increase cross-cultural communication skills and create an organised online community.

2. Peace: Harmony of ASEAN-Korean Cultural Diversities and Cooperation for the Future

  • Sub-topic 3: Understanding and Overcoming Individual/Group/Community-level Discrimination, Isolation and Injustice

To generate discussions among ASEAN and Korean youth while also promoting participatory politics, inclusivity, and increase international interactions among ASEAN countries and Korea.

  • Sub-topic 4: Social Integration and Peace-making Efforts through the Lens of Functions and Dysfunctions of Digital Media

To develop internet infrastructure, increase online media literacies and ethics, improve cybersecurity through education systems and official online platforms.

3. Prosperity: Co-Prosperity of ASEAN-Korea and Youth Responsibility

  • Sub-topic 5: Sharing Activities (“Nanum” in Korean) for Co-Prosperity: No Citizen Left Behind for Solidarity

To increase international financial assistance under the Nanum (sharing) concept, promote social awareness and create public fund-raising activities, support youth-initiated start-ups/SMEs, promote inclusive development values, increase online connectivity, etc.

  • Sub-topic 6: Global Citizenship Education for “Inclusion and Inclusiveness”

To promote global citizenship values and increase ASEAN and Korean youth competencies in the global level, establish ASEAN-Korea Youth Center (AKYC), increase internet accessibility in rural areas, etc.

The event highlights ASEAN and Korean youth capacities as well as willingness and dedication to improving their society beyond national borders. With support from official bodies, their dreams of living in an equal and developed region are more likely to become reality. The aforementioned recommendations will be handed to senior officers of every ASEAN member state in ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth.

Full recommendations are available in 10 ASEAN languages at: