The Semester Two 2018 Global Voices Scholars have been officially announced.

Fourteen young Australians will now prepare to attend a three-day pre-departure briefing in Canberra, where they will meet with Australian Government officials, senior academics, and policy experts, before heading off to represent Australia at key upcoming international events.

In September, six Scholars will attend the International Monetary Fund & World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali: James Chan (University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics), Simran Goklaney (QUT Business School), Ben Munns (University of New South Wales Co-op), Darcy Nidd (Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs), Giuseppe Pacillo (University of South Australia) and Aaron Semtner (University of Newcastle). There, Scholars will gain insight into international trade and investment policy and contribute their research to propose solutions to complex economic challenges.

Three delegates will also attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Poland: Alia Armistead (RMIT University), Joseph Pegler (University of Newcastle) and Joel Wynhorst (Curtin University). A record attendance is expected at this year’s COP24 as a number of nations reach key milestones in the Paris Climate Change Agreement and move to implement mandatory reporting requirements.

Finally, five Scholars will be attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York City: Amelia Ford (Central Queensland University), Jayde Frank (Curtin University), Tessa Hughes (RMIT University), Mathew Kennedy (Central Queensland University), and Anna-Grace Millward (University of Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). Attendance at the CS63 will provide an opportunity for each of the Scholars to research and engage in issues related to this year’s priority theme of: social protection systems and access to public services for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

As part of the Global Voices Scholarship Program, all Scholars will complete a Research Fellowship on a topic related to the theme of their delegation, with the assistance of a leading senior Australian academic. 

In addition to developing skills and experience in foreign policy, diplomacy and international relations, the Scholars will join a network of over 220 alumni who have participated in over fifty international summits since the establishment of Global Voices in 2011.

Global Voices’ Chief Executive Officer, Billi McCarthy-Price, stated that “many international delegations lack attendance by a key stakeholder in the development of future-focussed policies: youth.”

“By providing Australian youth with the opportunity to attend these high-level international delegations, Global Voices and our university partners can ensure that the voice of informed young people is present during discussions and has an impact on the final decision-making process.”