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Register for the 1st ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network Symposium on March 15 (hybrid) in Tokyo, Japan

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Event details: 
Theme: Inspiring Change, Creating Impact 
Friday, 15 March 2024   
15:00-16:30 JST | 14:00-15:30 SGT | 13:00-14:30 ICT  
Hybrid Zoom webinar   
Venue: 1F Bellesalle Onarimon Ekimae, Shimbashi 6-17-19, Minato, Tokyo, Japan   
English and Japanese simultaneous interpretation  

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of the ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network program (AJYELN), a dedicated effort of the ASEAN-Japan Centre to bring environmental change by nurturing young leaders in the region. Selected from the 10 ASEAN Member States(AMS) and Japan, these 37 young environmental leaders have undergone rigorous training, emerging with innovative solutions to combat environmental challenges, particularly focusing on plastic pollution and marine plastic waste. Their initiatives have been brought to life in their respective communities through a funding system facilitated by the ASEAN-Japan Centre. 

Inspiring Change, Creating Impact  

As we approach the project completion of this transformative inaugural cohort, the ASEAN-Japan Centre proudly presents the 1st AJYELN Symposium. This event highlights the remarkable student-led initiatives addressing marine plastic waste reduction and awareness in their own communities and beyond. The symposium is a culmination of the champions’ dedication, resilience, and creativity in the face of environmental challenges.

Symposium Highlights 

Project Showcases

Explore the diverse array of projects undertaken by the 37 AJYELN fellows, each contributing to the larger narrative of marine plastic waste reduction. Gain valuable insights as they share their experiences, challenges, and lessons learned in implementing these impactful projects.

Inspiration for the Future

The symposium is not only a reflection on the accomplishments of the current cohort but also a platform to inspire them to continue their efforts as AJYELN Alumni. Additionally, it aims to kindle the flame of environmental responsibility in future candidates, encouraging them to follow in the footsteps of these young change-makers.


Online webinar: 

Research & Policy Advocacy Team
ASEAN-Japan Centre 


TimeDuration (min)  Programme
15:00- 15:033Opening and Introduction     
Dr. Katrina Navallo, Programme Manager, ASEAN-Japan Centre
15:04-15:073  Welcome Remarks    
H.E. Kao Kim Hourn  
ASEAN Secretary General
15:08-15:113Opening Remarks    
Ministry of Environment, Japan (TBC) 
15:13-16:1560 Session 1: Inspiring Change, Creating Impact   
(Talk show format including video presentations from fellows)  
 Ms. Haruki YAMAMOTO, Climate Youth Japan (TBC)  
Special Guest:  
 Robin Takashi Lewis, myMizu   
 AJYELN fellows   
   Japan: Whoever Can Pick Up Trash Anytime  
   Ms. Nadeshiko AKITA   
   Ms. Yayoi NAGASHIMA  
   School: Hiroshima Jogakuin High School  
   Supervisor: Mr. Hiroki KATO  
   Mentor: Ms. Haruna MASUDA  
   Brunei: Eco-Warrior Guide: Conquering Plastic Pollution  
   Rizal Nur Alyaa Hafezah  
   Hasnan Nurul Afiqah   
   Ahmad Aidil Aliyusah Auni  
   Huzaimi Nurafiqah Musfirah  
   School: Ma’had Islam Brunei Tutong  
   Supervisor: Mr. Haji Muhammad Zuwaini bin Haji Aliyani  
   Mentor: Ms. Nurlatifah  
   Cambodia: Ho-Ho Heroes  
   Doung Sreynit  
   Ny Meaneat  
   Heng Laychhoung  
   Heng Sienge  
   School: E2STEM Education Preah Yukunthor  
   Supervisor: Ms. Tep Chansolyka  
   Mentor: Ms. Srey Pich Poeung  
   Indonesia: Go Green, Go Clean, Let’s Save Our Earth  
   Kendra Jovita Amadea  
   Muliara Sakila   
   Nadia Aulia   
   Susila Lestari  
   School: State SHS Seribu Bukit  
   Supervisor: Mr. Muhammad Syamsul S.Pd  
   Mentor: Ms. Nurlatifah  
   Lao PDR: Waste Knowledge and Practice Preparing People for A Future Cleaner Environment  
   Saphakdy, Alisia  
   Keonammavong, Thipmala  
   Sibounthan, Vankham  
   Pholsena, Phyraphol  
   School: Pathana School  
   Supervisor: Mr. Sengdara Vilaphong   
   Mentor: Mr. Songphathay Luangmuninthone  
   Malaysia: BeachUp  
   Jia Xuan, Lee  
   Singam, Shreena Alisha  
   Deo, Isha Narissa Kaur  
   Nanthe Kumar, Livvashini  
   School: Smk Aminuddin Baki  
   Supervisor: Ms. Puan Nazila Raihan  
   Mentor: Dr. Yasmin Nabilah binti Mohd Fauzee  
   Myanmar: Stay Aquatic  
   Hnin Wint Htal   
   Kyi Sin Thant   
   Phoo Pwint Aung  
   School: No. 2 Basic Education High School  
   Supervisor: Ms. The Zin Soe  
   Mentor: Dr. Thant Zin Tun  
   Philippines: Natura Maharlika  
   Tamisin, Angeline Noreen  
   Abella, Cathrina Marie  
   Corpuz, Gabriela   
   Sai, Kenji Matthew  
   School: Ateneo De Davao University High School  
   Supervisors: Ms. Sharon Imperial and Ms. Shane Alfaro  
   Mentor: Ms. Maria Aurora Tinio   
   Singapore: Project Reduce Waste  
   Tai Yu Xiang  
   Ong Hui Ling  
   Abel Thong Kai En  
   Kua Kai Yi  
   School: Pei Cai Secondary School  
   Supervisors: Mr. James Koh Puay Yang and Ms. Talisa Khaur Dhaliwal  
   Thailand: WeG  
   Intaphrom, Poonyaporn  
   School: Chiang Mai University Demonstration School  
   Supervisor: Ms. Pornnapat Mangsungnurn  
   Mentor: Mr. Nam Anh Tran  
   Viet Nam: Improving communication effectiveness to reduce plastic waste by creating environmental protection comic series  
   Hán Trần Bảo Châu  
   School: Yen Lac Secondary School  
   Supervisor: Ms. Dao Thi Hien and Ms. Tran Thi Van  
   Mentor: Mr. Nam Anh Tran 
16:16- 16:215Session 2: Induction of Fellows as AJYELN Alumni   
AJYELN fellows and their respective school principals  
16:22-16:286Session 3: Messages of support   
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia-Regional Knowledge Center for Marine Plastic Debris (TBC)  
Lao PDR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (TBC)  
Brunei Ministry of Education (TBC)   
16:29-16:301Closing Remarks    
AJC Secretary General   
16:30Photo session / End of programme 

Supporting ministries and organizations

  • Japan Ministry of Environment  
  • Brunei Ministry of Education STEP Centre  
  • Cambodia Ministry of Environment  
  • Lao PDR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment  
  • Malaysia Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change  
  • Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau  
  • East Asia Research Institute – Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (ERIA-RKCMPD)
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