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APEC 2017

(l-r) Emma Jackson, Liam Simkins-Walker, Kathleen Marsh, Peyton Roth and Noah Zimmermann

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2017
Da Nang, Vietnam
November 5 - 11, 2017

On November 5, 2017, five students — Emma Jackson ('18) (bio) from Birmingham, AL (Politics and International Affairs); Kathleen Marsh ('18) (bio) from Hendersonville, TN (Economics and Spanish); Peyton Roth ('19) (bio) from Woodstock, GA (Chemistry and Political Science); Liam Simkins-Walker ('18) (bio) from Atlanta, GA (Mathematics and Politics and International Affairs); Noah Zimmermann ('18) (bio) from Camden, SC (Political Science, Philosophy and Minor in Poverty Studies) along with Dr. Cleve Fraser, Department of Politics and International Affairs and Dr. Nathan Cook, Department of Economics, attended the APEC Voices of the Future 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam where they served as citizen diplomats. To view the agenda, click here. To view all the student biographies, click here.

The students posted to a blog throughout their travel. To view their blog, click here.

To view a speical report on the APEC Voices of the Future 2017 in Da Nang, click here.

Each member economy represented had one student present their delegation’s perspective on “How to create new dynamism and foster a shared future amongst youth in the Asia Pacific region”. Liam Simkins-Walker presented as a representative from the U.S. delegation.

One representative from each member economy also collaborated on creating a Youth Declaration. Kathleen Marsh will represent the U.S. delegation in writing this declaration.

Additionally, due to our history of sending high-quality and impressive students to APEC over the years, one student was invited to be the Master of Ceremony during the APEC Voices Youth Forum Opening Ceremony at the University of Da Nang, Vietnam, and a second student was invited to serve as the moderator with Dr. Noeleen Heyser for the Q & A Session. Dr. Noeleen Heyser is the former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific and is the Keynote Speaker at the APEC Voices 2017 Youth Forum. Dr Heyzer was recently appointed as a Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation in September 2017 by H.E. Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General.

Peyton Roth served as the Master of Ceremony for the Voices of the Future Opening Ceremony and Emma Jackson served as the moderator of the Q & A session with D. Noeleen Heyzer. 

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