• Friendship? Earned!

    Cultural Night
  • English Speaking skills? Sharpened.

    The GYM Summit
  • Knowledge? Enriched.

    Talks by keynote speakers
  • Leadership skills? Practised.

    Training campaigns
  • Learning strategies? Shared!

    Regular meetings with undergraduate mentors

What is GYM 2013

What is Global Youth Ministers?

Global Youth Ministers (GYM) is a new programme launched by the Hong Kong Young Leaders Development Association (YLDA) since 2011. It aims at equipping the talented youths with the global perspectives and the leadership qualities. As a comprehensive training program for senior secondary students, GYM consists of different workshops, lectures, training camp as well as the Global Youth Ministers Summit.

GYM promises to be a transformational experience shaped by motivational keynote speakers, opportunities for discussions and exchange of ideas in GYM Summit and an empowering series of workshops for students to create sustainable solutions to global problems.

  • is a conference-based event, with an aim of increasing participants' awareness to global issues, especially in the aspects of Globalization, Human rights, Environment and energy, and International relations
  • helps participants develop a sense of global citizenship, through representing different countries in the summit
  • provides a channel for participants to learn current issues and socialize with others

Theme of GYM 2013: Global Warming and Food Crisis

The theme of Global Youth Ministers 2013 is "Global Warming and Food Crisis". From the dawn of civilization until 21st century, "food" has been an influential issue affecting our economy, society and even international relationship, especially under the threat of Global Warming and intensified scramble for natural resources around the World. We believe that the solution to the problem lies in environmental conservation, sustainable food production and international collaboration.

Believing that Youths nowadays are Leaders in future, we wish to arouse the youths' awareness to the above issues and to stimulate their creativity in devising solutions to the problems through this program. Participants of Global Youth Ministers 2013 would assume the role of diplomats of their assigned countries, engage in a number of sub-committee sessions to work with each other and come up with a resolution to the crisis during the two-day Global Youth Ministers Summit. A series of lectures and visits will be prepared for them to deepen their understanding on related issues.

Participants' Missions

Participants will form groups of 6 with each group representing one country. Within each country, participants act as ministers responsible for three different policy fields. Prior to the Summit and during the workshops, they will each attend their respective committee meetings on their country's behalf. The three international committees are:
  • Climate and Agriculture
  • Food Security
  • International Food Trade
In each committee meeting, 'ministers' are to debate on its topic while protecting their representing countries' interests, setting a more comprehensive discussion framework for the Summit.

The 2-day-1-night Summit will be held in form of a conference where the four committees come together to discuss on various proposals on an elevated level. They need to step into the shoes of diplomats and through negotiation, work out a balanced and substantive resolution towards the end of the Global Summit.

Target Participants: Secondary 3 to 5 students

Participants could choose to enroll only in the four stimulating workshops or to experience the more challenging role of a foreign minister by joining the full programme of GYM. Applicants may have to attend a selection interview in case of over-application.

Certificates and Awards

A certificate of participation will be given to participants upon completion of the programme. Awards will also be given to those showing outstanding performance.

Programme of GYM 2013

Important Dates

2013 April 6 (Sat)
2:00pm - 5:30pm
Opening Ceremony and Workshop I
2013 Apr 7 (Sun)
9:00am - 1:00pm
Sub-committee Meeting I and
Feeding Hong Kong Workshop

2013 Apr 13 (Sat)
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Workshop II and
Workshop III

2013 Apr 14 (Sun)
9:00am - 1:00pm
Workshop IV and
Sub-committee Meeting II

2013 Apr 20-21 (Sat & Sun)
10:00am - 6:00pm (Day1)
10:00am - 4:00pm (Day2)
Global Youth Ministers Conference 2013 and Closing Ceremony

Opening Ceremony and
Workshop I - Feeding the World: Food and International Affairs
2013 Apr 6 (SAT)

Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The ceremony marks the beginning of Global Youth Ministers 2013. Guests and representatives from sponsoring organization, government, foreign consulates in Hong Kong and supporting organizations will be invited.

The Workshop will consist of two parts, namely a symposium and Q&A session. Delivered by Dr. Harold CORKE from The University of Hong Kong, the symposium aims at briefly introducing the correlation between "Food" and "International Relation" to the participants. It is expected that Workshop I will lay down a solid foundation for participants' further exploration on the topic in the coming workshops.

Sub-committee Meeting I and Feeding Hong Kong Workshop
2013 Apr 7 (SUN)

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Seminar Rooms, The Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

Participants would assume the role of diplomats of their assigned countries. Delegates from each country will be divided into three committees and each committee will specialise in the following topic respectively: Climate Change, Famine and Food Trade. Sub-committee meetings are introduced to enable participants to explore "Global Warming and Food Crisis" from various perspectives and this contributes to their comprehensive understanding of the main theme of the program.

The workshop would be conducted by Feeding Hong Kong, which is the only food bank in Hong Kong dedicated to redistributing surplus food to people in need. Representatives from Feeding Hong Kong will hold an interactive workshop with the participants, base on the theme of hunger and food wastage problems in Hong Kong.

Workshop II - Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Production and
Workshop III - Famine and International Politics (By Prof. SMITH, William)
2013 Apr 13 (SAT)

Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, The Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

Prof. LAM Chiu Ying from Department of Geography Resource and Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will be the guest speaker of the symposium. Participants will be given a brief idea of the impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity and food security. There will be a Q&A session after the symposium.

Prof. SMITH William from Department of Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will be the guest speaker of the symposium. Participants will be given a brief idea of how starvation can be attributed to political manoeuvres. There will be a Q&A session after the symposium.

Workshop IV - Food, Trade and Global Inequality and
Sub-committee Meeting II
2013 Apr 14 (SUN)

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, The Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong (Workshop IV) and
Seminar Rooms, The Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong (Sub-committee Meeting II)

Prof. Paul W. FOSTER from Department of Management, Division of Environment, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will be the guest speaker of the symposium. Participants will be given a brief idea of the possibilities of food security being disturbed by global imbalances in food trade. There will be a Q&A session after the symposium.

Delegates from each country will have their second sub-committee meeting according to the topics assigned. After the four workshops, participants are assumed to have consolidated their knowledge on the main theme "Global Warming and Food Crisis". Each sub-committee will be assigned to discuss and prepare the resolution paper for the coming Global Youth Ministers Summit 2013.

Global Youth Ministers Conference 2013 and Closing Ceremony
2013 Apr 20 to 21 (Sat & Sun)

Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm (Day1)
10:00am - 4:00pm (Day2)

Venue: HKFYG Building, North Point (Accommodation in Y-Loft, Y-Square)

After thorough discussions on their respective topics, participants are prepared to engage in a high level plenary meeting in the Global Youth Ministers Summit 2013. They can display their diplomatic skills and acquire substantive understandings of international relationships through a series of negotiations and compromises according to their representing countries' stances. In this two-day summit, there will also be a Social Night where the participants can mingle with each other, resulting in a great mix of cultural exchange and fun.

Why join GYM 2013

GYM is a unique activity for secondary students. Its crisis-led event is the only one available for students to work on a widespread crisis in the current world in various aspects. Though imaginary, the crisis does matter our world in reality and is currently under heated debates.

In face of the era of general education, GYM provides students a rare opportunity to gain experiences as government officials in an international conference. Despite enhanced knowledge on the issue discussed, participants have to negotiate, discuss and compromise according to the representing countries' stance in reality, which implies a basic understanding on international relationship and diplomatic skills are required and enhanced after the conference. In addition, the conference offers participants a chance to have a substantive discussion on global issues which cannot be easily held during regular school time. On the other hand, the cultural diversity is appreciated in the activity; participants would have a chance to role play officials of different countries, representing not only the nation, but also the cultural background behind the national flag.

Moreover, there is more than academic benefits; friends are made during the conference, especially the cultural activities, no matter which school they are from, where they are born. The bond will last even when the event ends.

This is the ultimate goal of GYM, to give participants more than expected. Students learn and grow in the activities. Hopefully they can gain an international instinct and be better global citizens when they take the leading role in the future. So please don't hesitate and join GYM 2011 immediately!

1. Workshops
2. Substantive discussion on global issues
3. Cultural Activities
4. Enduring friendships
5. Experience as government officials
6. Crisis-led event
7. Develop sense of global citizenship

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