DIMAPUR, Nov 24 – Come December, Nagaland will host the Asia Pacific Youth Conference (APYC) 2012 at Sechü Zubza, 15 km away from the State capital Kohima, under the theme “A generation with responsibility”.
The conference, to be held from December 7 to 13 at Shalom Bible Seminary Compound Sechü, will have delegates from 18 countries, sources said.
This is the first time that a Northeastern State is hosting the Conference, christened APY-Hoho for the Nagaland edition.
Altogether, over 80 delegates from Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bhutan and India will attend the conference.
One lone member from Finland will also take part in the conference, while delegates from Canada and United Kingdom will be here as support partners. And from Nagaland, participants from 10 tribes have registered for the conference, it was informed.
Peno Hiekha, coordinator of the organising committee said APYH Nagaland will focus on empowering individuals to be change-makers on the foundation of honesty, trust and integrity.
“It will be a platform for youth from different parts of the Asia-Pacific region to come and learn from each other through listening and interaction resulting in new initiatives for a better tomorrow,” she said adding that it will be an opportunity for both foreign and local delegates to draw the best from each other. She expressed hope “the APYH 2012 will inspire our people towards a new beginning. May be this is going to be the beginning of a change in Nagaland and even neighbouring States,” she said.
On the same note, renowned social activist Niketu Iralu, who is advisor of APYH, said the conference will be a time to create responsible leadership on the foundation of truth and integrity.
“We are living in a world where we can turn our problems and challenges into opportunities if we are ready to be responsible persons,” Iralu said while underlining that every individual has the potential to be fruitful in life if they take up the right responsibility. Iralu, who is also a member of Initiatives of Change,India, feels “It’s time for the Nagas to give back to the world.”
Julie Tan Gaik Choo, one of the resource persons fromMalaysia, expressed her joy to be here in Nagaland. She is accompanied by Esther Lim, also fromMalaysia and Thu Huynh fromVietnam. Julie, feels that Naga youth, should have more exchange programmes with outside people.