My Experience at COP26

 

I was one of the YMCA Youth Ambassadors who had this Observer Badge. As a representative of the Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCA’s (APAY), I shared about the Youth Led-solutions Work and the Green Ambassadors program we are doing at APAY in several media exposures and panels I’ve had during COP26. One of the main calls we are bringing to this meeting is the importance of investing in Youth-Led Solutions, an important initiative of the YMCA where young people are given the space to think of solutions to address Climate Change in their local community, said Magda R. Gana. Read more

APAY @ COP26 – A Reflection

 

The APAY and the Community of Impact on Climate Change were tasked to draft the strategy and roadmap for YMCA to increase our contributions and have higher visibility at COP-26. The two other major contributions of the APAY to the COP26 activities in Glasgow were:

i) The online Climate Change Briefing during the COP26 for the global YMCA community was conceived and organised by the APAY.

ii) APAY also helped draft the Policy Framework “COP26 and YMCA’s commitment to combating climate change - A Green New Deal for the global YMCA Movement,” shared during the online briefing. Read more

YMCA Announces further investment in youth-led solutions and young leaders

Application Deadline February 2022

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence – International Essay Contest


The Gender Equity Committee (GEC) of the APAY is organizing an International Essay Contest for the 16 days of activism against GBV. The international essay contest intends to create awareness on 16 days of activism by mobilizing and engaging the youth through the essay contest. The international essay contest will engage the students, youth and young adults of the Asia and Pacific region. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions and protocols, the GEC planned to observe the 16 days of activism meaningfully. Read more

 

World Week of Prayer Observed by YMCAs


The World YMCA and the World YWCA invited the ‘Y’ Movements throughout the world to observe the World YWCA-YWCA Week of Prayer and World Fellowship in the week of 7- 13 November 2021. The theme chosen for this year’s prayer week is “Beauty from Brokenness”. Many YMCAs in the Asia and Pacific region observed the Week of Prayer at local and national levels. We share with you how the Ranchi YMCA observed despite going through troubled times of the Covid-19 pandemic and how the theme has given them meaning amid struggles. Read more

 

Myitkyina YMCA Capacity Building Program

 

“Capacity Building through Social Support and Training for Volunteers and Community” is one of the programs conducted virtually through zoom by the Mytikyina YMCA. Sixty young people between the age group of 14 to 18 joined the virtual learning programme. They are young volunteers, of the community. The program is humanitarian and financially supported by Canada YMCA, Taiwan YMCA and Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCA. Read more

 

Inauguration YMCA International House of Bangladesh YMCA

 

Inauguration Ceremony of YMCA International House took place on November 12, 2021. His Eminence Cardinal Patrick D’ Rozario CSC attended as Chief Guest. Ms. Patricia Pelton, President of World Alliance of YMCAs attended virtually as Guest of Honor. Prof. Chen Chin-Seng, President of Asia & Pacific Alliance of YMCAs, Mr. Nam Boo Won, General Secretary of Asia & Pacific Alliance of YMCAs and Mr. Peter Ho, General Secretary of YMCA Hong Kong delivered their video speech as Special Guests at this auspicious ceremony. Read more

 

APAY National General Secretaries’ Meeting

 

The National General Secretaries Meeting was held virtually on November 23, 2021. The meeting was attended by the NGSs and national staff from the NCY of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan,Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timore Leste and Vietnam. And the APAY staff Nam Boo Won, General Secretary; Maria Christina Miranda, Sunita Suna, -Executive secretary for Programs; Chan Beng Seng, Coordinator- GATN, Muriel Montenegro, Coordinator, IFC and Magda R Gana – Prog Secretary, Makati YMCA. The NGSs shared the ongoing activities, challenges and hopes during the meeting. Read more

 

APAY Executive Committee Meeting 2022

 

The ECM takes place every year to carry out the general policy and specific instructions of the Council and conduct, carry out and complete all matters committed to its charge, and act with all the powers of the Council when the latter body is not in session. Prior to the ECM all the Standing Committees and Task Force Teams will meet and the reports of the committees are presented at the ECM. The ECM is attended by the elected officers and Board Members of APAY, one representative from each Member Movement, and the Chairpersons of the Youth Participation and Development and Gender Equity Committee, Standing Committee members, Task Force members, National General Secretaries, APAY Staff, Officers and Members of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance from Asia and Pacific, former Presidents of APAY and Secretary-General of the World Alliance.


20th YMCA World Council – Register Now!

Registration has begun for the 20th YMCA World Council – a truly hybrid event from 3 to 9 July 2022 which will take place both ‘in-person’ in Aarhus, Denmark and ‘online’.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

New President of NCY of Bangladesh

The 43rd Biennial General Meeting of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh on 13th November 2021 elected Mr. Jony Hubert Rozario as the new President of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh for the term 2021-2022. Mr. Jony got involved with Y movement in Bangladesh as a youth delegate of Savar YMCA and became one of the Board Members. Later he was elected as Vice-President of Savar YMCA, served as Chairperson of Youth Committee of the NCY of Bangladesh and Vice-President of the NCY of Bangladesh. Read more

New CEO of Y Australia

The Y in Australia is excited to announce Tal Karp, former Matilda (Australian Women’s Soccer Team), lawyer, board director, management consultant, sports administrator, advocate, and organisational strategist as its new National CEO.

Tal is a Y CEO for our times, with her track record in standing up for the rights of children and young people, consensus building, advocacy and engagement skills, strong safety credentials, and her experience as a lawyer and an Olympian, said Ben Hubbard. Read more

OBITUARY

Vale Ian Howard

1923-2021

 

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Cheung Yeuk Sze

1950-2021

 

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