Quadrennial Programme Plan 2004-2007
from the four sub-regions of the Asia and Pacific Alliance met at
the YMCA of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City to prepare a draft Quadrennial
Programme Plan (QPP 2004-2007) from 6 to 11 August 2003. They observed
the work and programmes of Vietnam YMCA in Ho Chi Minh City and
appreciated the impact and the difference the YMCA had made to people's
lives and the community.
work of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs as expressed in the
Quadrennial Programme Plan 2000-2003 was reviewed and analysed.
Based on the review and current trends within our region and the
world, four broad focus areas were proposed for the draft QPP 2004-2007.
Strengthening the Movement emphasising strategic and collaborative
consolidation and extension efforts;
Youth Development and Participation highlighting the role of YMCA
as a youth movement;
Women's Development and Involvement that will further advance women's
role as partners and leaders within the movement and in the society;
Building Community and a culture of peace, including actions of
interfaith collaboration, poverty alleviation programmes and other
pressing issues impacting on the poor, the marginalized and socially
thank the following who worked with the Alliance's Executive Staff
on drafting the framework of the QPP 2004-2007: Mr. Kohei Yamada
(Japan - in place of Mr. Susumu Iguchi), Mr. T. Thomas (India),
Ms. Phyllis Tan (Singapore - in place of Mr. Eu Eng Kong); and Mr.
Bob Nicholson (Australia). We also thank Mr. David Lua, Treasurer
of the Alliance for his presence and interest in the meeting.
Nominations Committee To Meet
was most encouraging to see the keen interest of leaders of our
national movements in serving as officers of the Asia and Pacific
Alliance in the coming quadrennium. On the closing date, 15 August,
for nominations, we received the following: President (3 nominees);
Vice Presidents - North (1 nominee), Pacific (1 Nominee), South
East Asia (4 nominees) and South Asia (2 nominees) and Hon. Treasurer
(2 nominees). As per constitutional provision, the full list of
nominees has been circulated to all national movements on 4 September
Nominations Committee will meet from 10-12 October 2003 in Hong
Kong. A slate of nominees will be drawn up for recommendation to
the Council meeting that will be held during the 16th General Assembly
in March 2004, in Singapore.
Nominations Committee for Election of Officers for the next quadrennium
comprises Mr. Kan Tanikawa, President (Chairperson), Dr. Sun Te-Hsiung
(Taiwan - North Asia); Mr. Liew Mun Khai (Malaysia - South East
Asia); Atty. Joseph John (India - South Asia) and Mr. Richard Edwards
(Australia - Pacific).
Advanced Studies Programme Commences on 1st November
YMCA senior secretaries will participate in the 21st Advanced Studies
Programme from 1 November to 5 December 2003. The Advanced Studies
Programme, a base for interaction, networking, and fellowship, focuses
on Leadership for Movement Building. This year's participants are
from Bangladesh (1), Hong Kong (1), India (2), Japan (2), Korea
(2), Malaysia (1), Myanmar (1), Singapore (2), Sri Lanka (1), Taiwan
(2) and Norway (1).
Ninan Koshy, formerly Director of Commission on International Affairs,
World Council of Churches and former Visiting Fellow, Harvard Law
School; Mr. Basil Fernando, Executive Director of Asian Human Rights
Commission; and Dr. Hope S. Antone, Executive Secretary for Faith,
Mission and Unity of the Christian Conference of Asia, will be the
main Resource Persons of this year's Studies. They will lead in
the study and discussions on the major components of the programme:
Globalisation, Civil Society Building, and Contemporary Theological
Perspectives. The Executive Staff of the APAY will facilitate the
Study of YMCA Mission and Community Development, another key component.
The Programme also includes workshops on Youth, Gender, Strategic
Planning, Networking and Information Technology, Exposure Visits
and the writing of a Contextual Response. Worship will be an integral
part of the Studies.
Youth Exchange Programme
young persons will be the first participants of the Asia and Pacific
Alliance's Youth Exchange Programme from September to December this
year. Ms. Asha Paul from South West India Region YMCA, India will
be with the Daegu YMCA, Korea for experiential learning on youth
work and civil society building. She will share about the work of
the YMCAs of India. The other participant, Mr. Hideki Ishibashi,
a Japanese working with the Daegu YMCA will spend time with the
Indian YMCAs, particularly the Ranchi YMCA and the South West India
region YMCAs, working on the issues of youth, the poor and marginalised
in India. We appreciate the collaboration and support of both the
host and sending YMCAs in this Programme.
is hoped that these exchanges will stimulate interaction among young
people and help to revitalise the youth work programmes of YMCAs
in the region. We invite interested young people and YMCAs to write
to us about participation in the exchange programme.
Pacific Students and Youth Week 2003
war in Iraq, war on terror, religious and ethnic conflicts, and
the overall threat to human security set the focus for this year's
Asia Pacific Students and Youth Week. The theme is "Blessed are
the Peacemakers - Building Peace Among Students and Youth Towards
Human Security". The annual event is celebrated every 3rd week of
October. The national ecumenical teams already formed by EASY Net
are expected to organise worship, seminars, group discussions and
other similar and creative activities during the week. Member organisations
of the Ecumenical Asia Pacific Students and Youth Network (EASY
Net) including the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs are encouraged
to celebrate the event, to seek to understand the meaning of our
faith and mission as we work towards a transformed community. A
resource book containing liturgical guides, and resource for reflection
and meditation on the theme has been published for the Celebration.
Pacific Students and Youth Gathering 2004
2004, EASYNet plans to hold the Asia Pacific Students and Youth
Gathering (ASYG) with the theme "Reclaiming Peace in the Pluralistic
Society of Asia Pacific - Continuing Challenge to Christian Youth
and Students". The EASYNet Core Team that met in Manila on 4-5 September
2003 agreed to organise the ASYG in 2004 to further promote and
strengthen grassroots ecumenism.
very lively discussions on "Peace" at the time of the war in Iraq,
the YMCA YouthNet is now discussing what they consider as the most
pressing issues faced by youth today in their countries. So far,
we have received interesting comments from YouthNetters in Australia,
Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. Some issues
raised: suicide, education, unemployment, poverty, media violence,
globalisation, gender equity, injustices, communal disharmony, environment,
lack of social responsibility or apathy, political instability/poor
governance. Young YMCA leaders who wish to participate in this and
future discussions are invited to join the YouthNet by registering
to National Council of YMCAs of Japan and Seoul YMCA, Korea
APAY extends its congratulations to the National Council of YMCAs
of Japan and the Seoul YMCA as they celebrate their Centenary in
October. Both these YMCAs have played significant roles in their
nations through their commitment towards realising the YMCA Mission.
We wish these YMCAs, and their past and present leaders, God's blessings
as they continue to serve their communities and their nations. Congratulations!
General Assembly Updates
16th General Assembly of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs
and related meetings will be held on 9-13 March 2004 at the
Novotel Apollo, Singapore. The Youth Forum, Council Meetings and
Executive Committee Meetings will be held in conjunction with the
Assembly, as follows:
|07 - 09 March
|08 - 09 March
||Executive Committee Meeting (16:00-18:30, 08 March;
09:00-12:30, 09 March)
|09 - 13 March
||16th General Assembly
||Council Meeting (20:00 - 22:00)
||Council Meeting (20:00 - 22:00)
|13 - 14 March
||Executive Committee Meeting (15:00-22:00, 13 March;
9:00-16:00, 14 March)
are looking forward to maximum participation from all movements
in the region and a motivating and fruitful Youth Forum and General
submit your Registration Form available from local YMCAs and the
APAY website www.asiapacificymca.org
to the Asia and Pacific Office by 25 November 2003.
of the Assembly may be found at the APAY Website and at the Assembly
set up by the Host Committee for the 16th General Assembly, Singapore.
General Assembly Logo
dove winging upwards symbolises spirituality and our thrust
towards the vision of just-peace. The symbol of the leaf reminds
us of the growth and transformation that we are seeking and
working towards in the community and the world.
Implementation of Global Operating Plan Moves Ahead
a Global Staff Team (GST) Meeting held in Geneva on 7 and 8 October
2003, plans for the implementation of the Global Operating Plan
(GOP) were finalised for its initial phase. The national movements
involved are Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Angola, Ethiopia, Senegal
and East Timor, and the Africa Alliance of YMCAs. To date over USD
500,000 have been pledged by the YMCAs of the USA and the Council
of YMCAs of Hong Kong. Other national movements within our region
are also considering contributions to the GOP and we look forward
to your pledge soon.
and September have been busy months. As the Asia and Pacific Alliance
of YMCAs, we were invited to participate in the First Asian Christian
Bishops and Muslim Ulama Conference and a Symposium on "Pacem In
Terris" (Peace on Earth) by the Federation of Bishops' Conferences
(FABC) in Manila, Philippines from 17-24 August 2003. These were
significant meetings as we seek ways to build bridges between the
different religions in countries within our region. The openness
and the spirit of the "open arms" were clearly evident as we worked
together to discover the common grounds for building communities
of peace within our region. The need for increased dialogue, building
of harmony and sharing of compassion was recognised and embraced.
the World Alliance of YMCA's Liaison to the Y's Men International
Committee Meeting in Manila from 21-25 September helped to forge
new links with the Y's Men International leaders from the different
Y's Men's regions, and the Y's Menettes. The Y's Men and Y's Menettes
support several of our YMCAs' action and training programmes in
our region, particularly in the areas of women empowerment, youth
empowerment and children' education,
were also held with the National Council of YMCAs of the Philippines.
We were updated on the current situation of the YMCA of the Philippines.
Discussions also focussed on the implementation of the National
Strategic Plan that was drawn up at a National Planning Workshop
held in June 2003 to seek positive steps towards strengthening of
the Philippine YMCA.
Mid-autumn Festival was celebrated in Hong Kong as in many parts
of Asia and Pacific. Though a Chinese Festival, it would surely
have been enjoyed by all peoples in those countries. In Hong Kong,
colourful lanterns of all shapes and sizes lit up the darkness of
the night together with the light of the full moon. As we witnessed
these lights, we are reminded of the light of Christ, ever with
us, bringing hope amidst the seemingly dark and hopeless situations
in our region and the world. Let us share this Light and the signs
of hope as we work together for the common good of our communities
and the world.
Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you
The Lord Lift up His countenance upon you
And give you peace.
Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs