Conference for the Environmentally-Conscious Youth

By Loh Yi Rong, a member of Marketing and Sponsorship Committee of World Leadership Conference 2011.

Hosting many notable personages from across the globe, the World Leadership Conference 2011 promises to be an event not to be missed.

With “going green” being the new trend for young people in this age, what better way to show support for the green movement than by attending the World Leadership Conference (WLC) 2011? Youth participants from the 63 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are encouraged to attend and serve as delegates from their country. The host country for 2011 is Singapore, with the Singapore Tourism Board also chipping in as a sponsor for the event.

Singapore has developed a reputation for being a clean and green country. As a small island state, it is vulnerable to the consequences of climate change and is particularly concerned with the need to conserve resources such as energy and water. The country’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint has resulted in shopping malls increasing the standard temperature of air-conditioning units, households receiving free water saving kits and some hotels in Singapore are also going green. The conference is another way for Singapore to be part of the global community.

The conference encourages participants to craft a proposal by the end of the conference, which will be sent to the United Nations as the voice of the youth supporting the green movement.

To aid the delegates in writing the all-important proposal, ECO Singapore’s President, Wilson Ang, has engaged a variety of prolific speakers from across the globe.“Participants can expect a well-rounded education on the imminent issues, as global citizens. But more importantly, it will broker initiatives from the ground up,” he said.

Speakers include Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Report, Yvo de Boer, former UN Climate Executive Secretary, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Ted Turner, founder of cable news network CNN and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation board of directors.

The venue for the conference is Raffles City Convention Centre (RCCC), and the Singapore Management University (SMU) from 11 to 15 July. The early bird prices for the event are S$325, and students pay S$200. Day passes to the conference will also cost S$200.