News — July 05, 2016
2016 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference Delegates Unite for Cohesion and International Exchange
JCI members, partners and friends assembled in Kaohsiung, Taiwan June 2–5 to discuss ways in which young active citizen can take action for sustainable development in their communities.
The 2016 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference hosted more than 5000 delegates from 45 different countries. The conference kicked off with the National Presidents Meeting, where National Presidents took their turn reporting on annual targets, challenges and achievements. Later in the day, the First Timers Orientation was packed with more than 200 first timers who were readily greeted by their hosts 2016 JCI Vice President Amzad Hussain and 2016 JCI Vice President Brian Lim. That evening delegates gathered for Opening Ceremony which opened with a beautiful Taiwanese cultural drum performance. Numerous guest speakers took the stage including Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Lee, and Mayor of Kaohsiung City, Chen Chu. The ceremony concluded with a dynamic original dance performance, motivating delegates to embrace the culture of the city during their visit.
Day two of the conference contained many trainings, seminars and meetings including General Assembly I. During General Assembly, 2016 JCI President Paschal Dike upheld the Peace is Possible campaign, reminding delegates that a peaceful world can only be achieved through compromise and respect and that as young active citizens we hold the responsibility to take action and inspire individuals to make the world a better place. Later in the day, following a successful Twinning Ceremony, JCI Asia-Pacific Organizations were given the opportunity to network with one another during a new conference addition—the Twinning Café. The social exchange provided a platform for organizations looking to collaborate on projects to network.
On day three, conference delegates gathered for the Regional Partnership Summit, which focused on the theme Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Setting the Foundation with Clean Water and Basic Sanitation. The impactful Summit featured panelists including Programme Specialist, Youth and Civil Society, Governance and Peace Building Team for the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, Beniam Gebrezghi, Head of Partnerships for the Let’s Do It! Foundation, Kadi Kenk and JCI Cambodia member, Dary Dek. Panelists spoke on how peace is not just about the absence of war but the presence of safe and sustainable communities in which individuals can lead happy and healthier lives.
On the final evening of the conference, delegates gathered for the JCI Farewell Ball to celebrate a successful conference. With members from more than 45 countries present the impact was felt by all in attendance.
While departing the conference, delegates felt motivated to return to their communities ready to create peaceful solutions in their communities.
See you next year at the 2017 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia, June 8–11! Also, congratulations to JCI Japan for their winning bid to host the 2018 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference.
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