Krishna Athal Selected to Represent Mauritius in APSF 2015, Jakarta

A gathering of leaders from all over the world to discuss global issues from various perspective, such as economic, social, political, law, and also cultural perspective.

PORT LOUIS, 25 May 2015: Krishna Athal has been selected by the Universal Youth Alliance (UYA) to represent Mauritius in the 3rd Asia Pacific Student Forum (APSF) in Jakarta, Indonesia, where not only discussions about global issues will take place, but also discussions about the solution and conducting actions based on the solution.

APSF 2015, as part of the manifestation of UYA ideas and legacy, concerns on discussing on “eradication of poverty” as its main topic. Another concern is related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this year and in regards that this conference will invite students and activists around Asia-Pacific region, the theme is designed as follows:

“Youth Innovation and Economy Transformation to Eradicate Poverty through Sustainable Development”


The forum will start with conference session where all the delegates will do some intro-sharing and brainstorming of ideas and research results about their ideas regarding the poverty problems and their possible solution. In this session, the diversity of participants in the forum can generate ideas or insight that inspires entire participant to think differently and much more creatively.

The next session will be the seminar session in the format of dialogue which will be filled by expertise, practicioner and professional from three different backgrounds of triple-helix combination which are academia, entrepreneurial and government both national and international level. The seminar is purposed to give a brief information to the delegates about the point of view of some issues from three different speakers.

The seminar session will be followed by a discussion of project that is feasible enough to be implemented by the delegates in their home country. The proposal has been called “ARK Project” which stands for an Act of a Random Kindness, where delegates are expected to think and search together the solution of real poverty problem given by the committee. All of the knowledge obtained from the seminar and conference can blend together to create creative feasible innovation to eradicate poverty, because  small action is better than no action at all, and every small step done to eliminating poverty is a giant leap for the mankind.

All of the ideas of the forum will be booked into one bundle of manuscript that will be distributed at the end of the conference so that each delegate can use it as reference to help their countries to eradicate poverty.

List of speakers

Among the speakers would be:

  1. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
    Chair of Council Bureau Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
    Former President of the Republic of Indonesia (2004-2014)
  2. H.E. Ms Alicia Dela Rosa Bala
    Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department
  3. Prof. Dr. Emil Salim
    Former Chairperson of The Advisory Council to President Yudhoyono (2010-2014)
    Chairman of the Indonesian Delegation to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali(3 to 14 December 2007)
  4. Dr. Ir. Erna Witoelar
    CSO of Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (KEHATI)
    Former UN Special Ambassador for MDGs in Asia Pacific (2003-2007)
  5. Mr. Toshi Nakamura
    Co-Founder and CEO of NPO Kopernik
  6. Mr. Andri Rizki Putra
    Yayasan Pendidikan Anak Bangsa
    Co-Founder and CEO
  7. Ms. Beate Trankmann
    United Nations Development Program
    Indonesia Country Director
  8. Dr. (Med) Gamal Albinsaid
    Voluntary Medical Doctor
    Awardee of The HRH Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur from the United Kingdom
  9. Ir. Dodo Juliman
    COMBINE Research Institute
    Former UN-HABITAT Indonesia Program Director
  10. Prof. Dr. Kozo Obara
    Director of Institute for Sustainability, Center of Solidarity, Kagoshima University
  11. Dr.Eng. Tokihiko Fujimoto
    Local Community Micro-Hydro Specialist, Shizuoka University
  12. Dr. Kosuke Hishiyama
    Urban Sociologist, Kagoshima University

A glimpse of APSF 2014:

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