Noticias — September 22, 2015
2015 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference Delegates Collaborate and Celebrate Impact
JCI members came together in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia June 11–14 to develop new skills, create impact and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement.
The 2015 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference hosted more than 3400 delegates from 33 countries, including the Philippines, Mongolia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Macao, Singapore and Japan. The powerful and collaborative Conference took place on the beautiful grounds of the luxurious Sutera Harbour Resort. The Conference began with the National Presidents Meeting, where National Presidents and JCI Officers from Asia and the Pacific met to discuss best practices. Each National President reported on their countries activities including their Project Impact 100 initiatives, how they commit, connect and care in their country as well as the challenges they face in each country. Later that evening, the Opening Ceremony took place and the guest of Honor, YB Datuk Haji Tawfiq Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Abu Bakar Titingan, Sabah Minister of Youth and Sports, officiated the opening of the Conference with welcoming words and sounding a ceremonial gong. After his speech, the ceremony was closed with a modern dance performance. The fun continued throughout the night at the Welcome Party, providing Conference delegates with various cultural performances by members as well as many booths containing games, gifts and an array of local delicacies.
Day two of the Conference opened with the JCI Morning Show featuring a JCI Impact Talk by 2009 JCI Executive Vice President Boydee Dizon. Certificates and pins were awarded to JCI Local Organizations that have submitted their Project Impact 100 initiatives to the JCI Project Gallery, showcasing the impact they have made in their communities so far this celebratory year. During General Assembly I, the new Chairperson and Councilors of the 2015–2016 Asia-Pacific Development Council were appointed, and a Hope Forum highlighting JCI Operation Hope and how it can be utilized as a platform to raise funds in the event of a natural disaster was held. The next day, during General Assembly II, Chris Helfrich, Director of the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets, shared information on the campaign and the importance of advocating for insecticide-treated bed nets. Helfrich was also involved in the panel discussion during the JCI Regional Partnership Summit; a first time program featured at this year’s Area Conferences. The Regional Partnership Summit also showcased panel speakers Dr. Devashish Dutta from UNICEF East Asia and Pacific and Dr. Chong Chee Keong from the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Following the panel, successful projects by JCI Bangladesh, JCI India and JCI Cambodia demonstrating successful partnerships were presented.
On the final day of the Conference, a third General Assembly was held where the 2016 Presidential Candidacy of Paschal Dike of Nigeria was announced and a JCI Operation Hope check was presented to JCI Nepal. The eventful Conference was celebrated at the JCI Farewell Ball with a special birthday cake for JCI’s 100th Anniversary celebration.
Departing the Conference, delegates felt motivated to return to their communities with a spirit for positive change and to share their newfound knowledge for creating sustainable impact.
See you next year at the 2016 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan June 2–5! Also, congratulations to JCI Mongolia for their winning bid to host the 2017 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference.
Planning to attend the 2015 JCI World Congress? Register today for the opportunity to participate in the celebration of the century at the World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan!