An annual forum for students in Asia to discuss contemporary environmental issues opened on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Held annually since 2012 by the Japan-based AEON Environmental Foundation, the Asian Students Environment Platform (ASEP) aims to educate a new generation of Asian students on ongoing environmental issues.
This year’s ASEP, jointly organized by the foundation and Japan’s Waseda University, is scheduled to take place from Wednesday to next Monday in the three Japanese cities of Tokyo, Chiba, and Hokkaido.
Eighty-four student delegates from seven Asian countries, including 12 Vietnamese, will discuss critical global environmental issues under the theme ‘Biodiversity and Wisdom,’ which focuses on promoting and exchanging global perspectives on biodiversity.
According to the program’s agenda, the delegates will engage in activities such as topic discussions, planting trees, and meeting with senior Japanese officials.
Speaking at the event’s opening ceremony, Honorary Chairman and Advisor of AEON Environmental Foundation Takuya Okada said the platform is meant to train human resources in environmental fields that are keen observers with a global perspective and the capability to conduct research.
“Forums like ASEP are golden opportunities for [Vietnamese] students to exchange perspectives with top universities in the region as well as catching up with global development trends,” said Dr. Vo Thanh Son, a researcher at the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies under the Vietnam National University-Hanoi.
“They are as much about exchanging cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of each nation as they are professional knowledge,” Son added.
International student delegates pose for a group photo with senior figures at AEON Environmental Foundation and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Tuoi Tre