KUALA LUMPUR: The AIESEC International Congress 2009 intends to send out the message to youths to become agents of change to solve the problems facing the world today.
The 10-day conference, themed "Empowering Leaders Across Cultures", opened at the Palace of the Golden Horses hotel in Seri Kembangan yesterday.
AIESEC president Aman Jain of India said the move was necessary in answering the challenges facing the world today, such as the economic crisis, disease outbreaks and global warming.
Aman, 24, said the congress was an opportunity to create a new breed of leaders.
AIESEC, which has more than 35,000 members in more than 1,500 universities worldwide, is a platform for young people to explore and develop their potential.
About 600 members from more than 100 countries are taking part in the congress.
Aman said the organisation had successfully created a pool of 7,500 young leaders and hoped to expand the number to 12,000 by next year.
"We aim to increase our membership of about 38,000 in 107 countries to 50,000 with entry into five new countries next year."
The first day of the congress saw the setting up of a "global village" featuring the cultures of AIESEC members, where visitors get to "travel the world in 60 minutes".
Hundreds of Malaysian youths, students and their families visited the global village and met participants from other parts of the world.