I'm really excited to get there, to meet everyone and as my role of the delegation I am helping draft the international youth declaration...
Third year Bachelor of Laws and Policy studies student MacCallum Johnson has been selected as one of five youth delegates to represent Australia at next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Lima, Peru.
The five delegates will join another 120 youth delegates from participating countries.
"I'm ecstatic," said 20 year-old MacCallum, who is from the NSW Central Coast.
"I really couldn't believe that I was selected," she said. "I'm really excited to get there, to meet everyone and as my role of the delegation I am helping draft the international youth declaration which is one of the objectives of the youth forum.
"So I'm really excited to also bring that back to Australia and present it to Malcolm Turnbull and others."
MacCallum says the declaration will include the views of all participating youth delegates on key issues that matter to them including environment, economic volatility, social and cultural attitudes.
"The framework is about deciding succinctly what international issues are, what we want APEC leaders to know about future generations, and also making sure our voices are heard in terms of things that may not be impacting right now but are very clear that they will impact us right now in the future," she said.
The undergraduate Law and CASS student says she would love to work in the public service sector in sustainable development and gender equity.
"The ability to be able to participate in this conference is fundamentally in line with what I want to do in the future and it's just a really exciting opportunity and I really do hope that future ANU students do apply because it's so unique and I think everyone should have the opportunity to do something like this."
Details about applying for the Voices of the Future program can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh website.
This article originally appeared in the ANU Newsroom.