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MEDIA RELEASE

 

ALEXANDER DOWNER

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

10 February 1999

 

YOUTH AMBASSADORS READY FOR DEPARTURE

 

I am delighted to announce that I will farewell Australia’s first batch of Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development at a breakfast in Sydney tomorrow.

 

Up to 80 young Australians will depart our shores over the next six months to take up assignments in developing countries of the Asia Pacific under the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program.

 

The group of skilled young Australians, aged 18-30, includes environmental engineers and scientists, nurses and lawyers, teachers and information technology graduates, journalists and urban planners, foresters and marketing managers.

 

These outstanding young people were selected from a field of almost 700 applicants and are currently completing’ cross-cultural and language training. They will work on short term projects of three to 12 months in Nepal, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

 

This program provides young Australians with an invaluable opportunity to broaden their experience and increase their understanding of the development needs and cultural diversity of our neighbours. These young Australians also have a lot of skills and knowledge to transfer.

 

The program will send up to 500 young Australians to work in developing countries in the Asia Pacific over the next two years.

 

 

Media contacts:

Innes Willox (Minister’s Office) 02 6277 7500 / 0419 206890

Katrina Peach (Youth Ambassadors Program) 02 6248 0430 / 0414 684 664

 

Note to editors: Media are invited to the breakfast - 7.l5am, Thursday 11 February, Sancta Sophia College, University of Sydney, 8 Missenden Rd, Camperdown. Photo opportunity at 7.l5am sharp.

 

Media releases and speeches are available on AusAl D’s internet site www.ausaid.gov.au

 

 

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