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Voices of the Future

“As APEC Leaders we must always look forward, and make decisions with the next generation at the centre,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our region stands in the face of monumental and unprecedented challenges, whether it’s the ongoing management of COVID-19, or the action required of us all to combat climate change - young people must continue to be both included, and lead the debate about our future."

APEC Voices of the Future 2021: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern becomes first APEC leader to accept the Voices Declaration.

The annual youth event brought together 18 to 24-year-olds from across the APEC region to discuss the big issues facing the world and have their voices heard. On Wednesday, 10 November, New Zealand delegates presented the Voices of the Future Declaration to APEC 2021 Chair, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on behalf of the nearly one billion young people across the APEC region.

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Organised by APEC Voices New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology (AUT), with support from APEC New Zealand and APEC Voices Secretariat, this year’s Voices summit focused on four key themes – international co-operation to combat COVID-19, the digital future, a greener future and a future for all.

Watch Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's speech at APEC 2021 Voices of the Future.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accepts declaration

From left: Jess Jenkins, Lit Wei Chin, Shisla Macleod and Sophie Handford.
New Zealand Voices of the Future representatives Jess Jenkins, Lit Wei Chin, Shisla Macleod and Sophie Handford.

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