Surabaya, 1 January 2008
Dear people and friends,
I hope you are doing well these days and I am sure that you have done a lot of good things this year, though there should be ups and downs coming in and going.
As for me, I happen to experience a lot of things this year and I have been going through good and bad times all at once, but I have to admit that those experiences have given me very valuable lessons in life. I ensure that these will be credit points for us to go on to next year, to make better changes in our lives.
We are the people of today. The past is lesson and the future is hope.
I have been making, maintaining and improving a lot of networks with British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, UNESCO Office Jakarta, UNESCO Headquarter Office Paris, President University Youth Association, Bina Antarbudaya, 1st UNESCO Asian Youth Forum in South Korea, IMF Indonesia, Indonesian Merchants Association (APRINDO), Indonesian State Ministry for Youth and Sport, IIEF, The Jakarta Post, Media Indonesia, Suara Pembaruan, The President Post, 5th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, Korean National Commission for UNESCO, iEARN and ASPnet Indonesia, IACE Indonesia, Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Club Indonesia, Cardig International Indonesia, Teenage Ambassador Alumni of AEON 1% Club Japan and the second degree networks that those organizations are linked.
Getting the chances to visit a lot of places like Banda Aceh, Medan, Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur, Jeju Island, Seoul, Kuwait, Rome, Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg and Copenhagen; I also had my 4th time to visit Presidential Palace in Jakarta on the occasion of the 62nd Indonesian Independence Day; these opportunities definitely have given me a lot of new horizons and point of view. Meeting a lot of new people from different countries with distinctive backgrounds in many events, activities, workshops and forums really enriched myself with new ideas and surely these so-called “people-to-people” exchanges encouraged new networks and consolidated future partnerships.
I feel so blessed and grateful with these immense exposures to places, peoples and activities. Those occasions really helped me to get through hard times after my beloved mom passed away. I do hope that she could see all of those achievements I have made. Even though she missed a lot of things, I am sure that she got a much better place to see these.
Through this chance, I also would like to thank you for our mutual opportunities, networks, partnerships, supports and concerns as well as friendships that really supported me to be what I am today. I wish that you can be and do better next year and I am looking forward for our sustainable communication and cooperation in year 2008.
Lastly, I wish you happy New Year 2008. May God be with us always and may in 2008 we make more achievements for our personal and professional developments.
President for the 1st UNESCO Asian Youth Forum 2007, South Korea
c/o Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO
Building C 17th Floor Depdiknas
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Senayan Jakarta
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