The ASEAN Youth Forum 2012 under the theme “The Roles of Youth in ASEAN Community” was officially opened by H.E. Mr Im Sethy, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Kingdom of Cambodia, at Phnom Penh hotel last week.

As the ASEAN Chair for 2012, Cambodia is strongly committed and drives the slogan of ‘One ASEAN, One Destiny.’ In the socio-cultural front, the ASEAN cooperation in the youth sector contributes to the empowerment of ASEAN youth in four thematic issues in an effort to realizing ASEAN Community 2015, namely: Promotion of ASEAN Awareness; Strengthening Entrepreneurship Skills for Youth; Instilling Leadership Values in Youth Development; and Youth Volunteerism for strengthening of the ASEAN Community.

The event was attended by approximately 33 participants where youth representatives will have the opportunity of meeting ASEAN Leaders during the 20th ASEAN Summit on 3 May 2012 in Phnom Penh, to present their recommendations to the Leaders.