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The Asia Pacific Youth Conference (APYC) began as an initiative of Moral Re-Armament, now known as Initiatives of Change. The first APYC was held in 1990 in Taiwan, inspired by the vision of a Chinese from Taiwan, to bring together youth from around the region to learn from the experiences of those who had successfully taken action to overcome conflict and confront corruption. The concept was developed in order to offer practical ideas and encouragement to these youth who want to use their lives as change-makers addressing social issues in their countries and the region.
In subsequent years, APYCs were held in countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, India, Cambodia, Indonesia and Korea, hosted by Initiatives of Change together with representatives of other organizations.
The APYCs offer young people aged 18-35 from the Asia Pacific region the opportunity to dialogue with those from neighbouring countries, build friendships and create networks for peace.
Each person, race, and nation has a story from their past, a story that is at times inspiring and wonderful and at others, full of pain and suffering. These stories affect our perspective on life. Past hurts remain in our minds and hearts and can cause fresh feelings of hatred, anger and prejudice. Unconsciously, these negative influences shape us because our attitude and understanding towards the past has not changed.
The 20th Asia Pacific Youth Conference will be held in Taiwan in August 2014. The date and venue will be announced later.
Download APYC 2013 Korea newsbrief
Read the APYC 2012 Review
Read APYC 2011 Australia Report
Read APYC 2010 Malaysia Report
Download APYC 2009 Taiwan brief report (PDF format)
Download APYC 2008 Korea Report (6MB)
Download APYC 2008 Korea newsbrief with photos (2 pages)
Download APYC 2006 Indonesia Conference Report
Download APYC 2004 Cambodia Conference Report
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Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.