Alice’s wonderland is APEC forum

Sept 5, 2011: - James Cook University Arts and Law student Alice Baldwin will be part of an Australian youth delegation attending this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hawaii in November.

Alice, 18, joins nine other delegates from across Australia who will make up the Global Voices Australian Youth Delegation and receive a fully sponsored package to attend.

The ten were selected from hundreds of applicants from around Australia by Global Voices, which is a not for profit organisation seeking to promote an understanding of and participation in international diplomacy by young Australians.

The delegates will complete a two month Research Fellowship as part of their preparation for the summit, which has already involved meetings in Canberra with relevant Ministers and diplomatic representatives.

"This opportunity with Global Voices and JCU has the potential to open doors for my career that I never thought possible,” Alice said.

The former student of Townsville’s St Margaret Mary’s College said that the pre-departure briefing in Canberra was amazing.

“To be able to go to APEC is phenomenal at my age,” Alice, who is in her second year of studying for a Bachelor of Law degree combined with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and international relations, said.

“This will enrich my current and future study prospects in a positively unique way.

“I have always had a keen interest in politics, on both a regional and international scale, and this experience and being part of an amazing delegation is an honour, “ she said.

"Global Voices and James Cook University have worked in partnership to provide such an incredible opportunity and being able to apply my academic knowledge in such a hands-on way is simply beyond comprehension"

Delegates will have the chance to interact with world leaders at the forum, which will be hosted the US President Barack Obama.

Last year’s delegates were able to meet Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her hotel room during the APEC summit in Japan, as well as key business leaders such as Lindsay Fox.

CEO of Global Voices, Thom Woodroofe, said that “this year’s applicants were of an extremely high calibre.”

Contact: Alice Baldwin- 0426202320 or alice.baldwin@my.jcu.edu.au

Greg Dimopoulos (Global Voices) 0434 253 886 greg@globalvoices.org.au

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Issued: September 5, 2011