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APEC Voices of the Future 2021 Te Hui mō ngā Rangatira
o Āpōpō 2021'

APEC Voices of the Future 2021 Te Hui mō ngā Rangatira
o Āpōpō 2021'

APEC Voices of the Future is an annual youth event that brings together young people from across the APEC region to discuss the big issues and have their voices heard. This November, New Zealand will hold this youth event virtually during APEC Leaders’ Week.

Hosted by New Zealand this November.

The Asia-Pacific region has nearly one billion young people that stand in the face of an uncertain future. The effects of the pandemic have disproportionately impacted young people globally, including missed education, training and employment opportunities.

COVID-19 has forced the globe into an economic reset. We now have the opportunity to grow our economies differently – making them more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

It is clear that this year’s youth event is set against a unique backdrop – with the region staring down the devastating effects of COVID-19 and setting a plan for the next two decades. The work APEC is doing this year is both immediate and inter-generational, with the stakes higher than ever.

New Zealand’s hosting of APEC Voices of the Future 2021 aims to be the most open and inclusive in the event’s 23-year history. Young people will have the opportunity to hear and learn from experts and peers around the region, while also putting their unique perspective in front of APEC Leaders.

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Get involved with Voices

Voices gives young people the opportunity to hear and learn from experts and peers around the region, while also putting their unique perspective in front of APEC Leaders. 

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Voices 2021 programme

APEC Voices of the Future takes place in November. The programme will feature a variety of speakers and experts on the big issues young people are focused on this year.

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Youth declaration

Annually, young people at APEC Voices of the Future send a declaration to APEC Leaders that sets out a unique perspective on the big issues facing the region.

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Join the conversation

APEC Voices of the Future 2021 will take place on 9-10 November (NZT).

This year’s APEC Voices of the Future will be freely available to watch via live for anyone who wishes to join in on the conversation. The event will also be available to view on demand.

You can find out more about the programme here.

Our partners

Delivering APEC Voices of the Future 2021 is no solo effort, instead we have three partners helping to bring this programme to life. In June 2021 the three partners signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). 

New Zealand is the host of APEC in 2021, and is partnering with AUT and the Voices NZ Trust to deliver the APEC Voices of the Future 2021 programme. It is clear that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC this year comes at a time when it is important for the region to join together. As the most dynamic region in the world’s economy, APEC is well placed to confront the biggest challenges the world faces and make a meaningful difference to our region of three billion. Already this year, APEC has joined together to reject vaccine nationalism and speed-up the movement of vaccines, because no-one is safe until everyone is safe. There is still a lot of work to do.
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is New Zealand’s second largest university and one of the best modern universities in the world. Located in beautiful, multicultural Auckland, AUT is ranked first in New Zealand for its international outlook and global research impact.  With access to excellent teaching, first-class facilities, the latest technologies and global research connections, AUT graduates are ready for an ever-changing tomorrow and to contribute to important issues facing communities at home and around the world. Learn more about AUT.
The APEC Voices New Zealand programme was launched in 2004 with funding from the Fletcher Foundation. This enabled their first delegation to travel to Chile. For five years the Voices Trust held national events to select four students to represent New Zealand. Throughout, a number of New Zealand universities and Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) have been strong supporters of the programme by selecting and funding students to represent New Zealand at the international events now organised by the APEC Voice Secretariat, Singapore. New Zealand has had a presence at every APEC Voices event since 2004 represented by 60 student participants and supporting educators.

Join, Work, Grow. Together.
Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.