15TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE

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DAY 1 - 15TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE, ‘YOUTH AND ARMED CONFLICT: TO EXPRESS WITHOUT A FEAR, TO PROGRESS WITHOUT A THREAT’

Melaka, 21st June 2015 – THIS day marked another outstanding event for the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), as highly passionate and entrusted participants have gathered for the 15th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD), which is taking place at Kings Green Hotel in Melaka, Malaysia.

The theme for this year is ‘Youth and Armed Conflict; To Express Without A Fear, To Progress Without A Threat’ intended to fulfill the principal opinions and roles of young people towards combating armed conflict and promoting sustainable conflict free environment. From yesterday, the organising committee has welcomed various participants, speakers, WAY Vice President, Mr. Preye Ketebu-Brown as well as WAY Executive Committee Member, Mr. Muesee Kazapua. It was indeed overwhelming moments.


As a mode of welcoming the delegates, an ice breaking session was held today to serve as a casual way to get participants to intermingle with one another. With the arrival day gone, everybody is looking forward to the plenary sessions, as the participants will get to learn a lot from the invited speakers who will challenge, encourage, inspire and stimulate them and emphasize on the awareness of the sustainable conflict free generation.

 

DAY 2 - OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 15TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE ‘YOUTH AND ARMED CONFLICT: TO EXPRESS WITHOUT A FEAR, TO PROGRESS WITHOUT A THREAT’

Melaka, 22nd June 2015 - THE Opening Ceremony of the 15th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD) was held, today, in Kings Green Hotel, Melaka, Malaysia with the honorable presence of Hon. Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein, the Minister of Defense who officiated the opening ceremony; Hon. Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron, the Chief Minister of Melaka cum WAY President; Hon. Datuk Wira Hj. Othman bin Muhamad, Speaker of the State Assembly of Melaka; Hon. Datuk Wira Hj. Naim bin Abu Bakar, State Secretary of Melaka; Hon. Datuk Hjh Norpipah binti Abdol, Deputy State EXCO for Youth Development and Heritage; other State EXCO and Deputy State EXCO; our very own WAY Secretary General, Miss Ediola Pashollari as well as the President of Malaysian Youth Council, Mr. Mua’amar Ghadafi Jamaludin. We also had the presence of WAY Vice President, Mr. Preye Ketebu-Brown; WAY Executive Committee Member, Mr. Muesee Kazapua; Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to Malaysia, H.E. Khamphan Anlavan; First Secretary of the Singapore High Commissioner, Ms. Yvonne Liu and various other government representatives from both regional and national levels.

The Secretary General of the World Assembly of Youth, Ms. Ediola Pashollari, during her welcoming remarks introduced the theme of the MIYD, ‘Youth and Armed Conflict : To Express Without Fear, To Progress Without A Threat’. She welcomed the participants to the dialogue and thanked all the youth organisations, government bodies, sponsors, speakers, delegates and dignitaries for contributing their time and making themselves available for the event.

President of WAY, Hon. Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron, who was present during the opening ceremony, gave his speech on the changing nature of conflict directly impacting children as war tactics. Furthermore, he spoke on the counter- terrorism strategies that results in collateral damage, including youth causalities. He encouraged the delegates to actively take part in the event as well as enjoy their stay in Melaka and Malaysia. In addition, Hon. Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein also presented a speech which focused on major war impacts including the high rate of mortality which is caused by the war itself or even by the collateral effects of warfare such as famine, disease or lack of medical care due to destruction of health services. He emphasized on human understanding which in-turn will lead to a win-win situation for all the parties involved. Instead of resolving conflict with violence, dialogue provides a better alternative. He also pointed out that there is a choice to be made between moderation and extremism, and the key to a proud and well established society is moderation.

The opening ceremony was then completed with the awarding of tokens of appreciation to the Guests of Honor and dignitaries present. Photos were also taken with all representatives from different countries. After that, the day was continued with the plenary sessions. During the plenary sessions, we had motivating speakers from different countries talking about the impact of armed conflict on young people, opportunities and challenges towards attaining a conflict free generation and the significance influence of CSO and NGOs in combating armed conflict. The sessions were informative as speakers successfully captured participants’ attention. The day was ended with brilliant cultural performances from all participants, volunteers and staff.

Overall, it was a tremendous way to get through another day and we look forward to more luminous days.

DAY 3 - 15TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE ‘YOUTH AND ARMED CONFLICT: TO EXPRESS WITHOUT A FEAR, TO PROGRESS WITHOUT A THREAT’

Melaka, 23rd June 2015 – TODAY, 23rd June 2015, was a day filled with bright ideas and enthusiasm! All young leaders from all around the world sat together to discuss and work in expressing their opinions and thoughts in form of recommendations which will be adopted for enhancement of armed conflict policies.

Opportunities were also given for all participants to express without a fear and to progress without a threat so as to call for action and structure experience on the issue of Youth and Armed Conflict and chart a course towards its solution. They were divided in groups and asked to suggest solutions, develop ideas, interact with one another and present their discussions.

The workshop was based on the role of public and private sector, NGOs, Media, society and young people in achieving, a sustainable conflict free generation. The Agenda in which participants were given the opportunity to share their ideas and recommend ways to improve them. Some of the roles that were discussed were youth and armed conflict as the empowerment of the young people so that they could have a conflict free generation.

As the night approached, all participants embarked on a mind blowing river cruise which was filled with joy and happiness. They were singing and dancing in the boats. A short tour was taken at Taming Sari Tower, in which the participants enjoyed the view of Melaka from 150 meters above the ground. As it is a norm, a group picture was taken as soon as people were done enjoying some music.

As the day progressed, the participants had a meeting to draft the declaration of recommendations pertaining to youth and armed conflict. The purpose was for all participants to give their different views and perspectives related to the issue of conflict so as for them to come up with the most suitable and ideal ideas. These different ideas were then discussed upon which the most appropriate solution was derived. Interesting philosophies, knowledge and thoughts were passed around to both speakers and participants creating magnificent discussions upon which some agreed and others agreed to disagree.

It was an incredible way to get through another fruitful day.

DAY 4 - CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 15TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE

Melaka, 24th June 2015 - THE last day of the 15th Melaka International Youth Dialogue was filled with many remarkable events. The day began with the presentation of the 15th MIYD Draft Declaration which was later on adopted for implementation. Everyone present participated well proving that they indeed paid attention to the advices and feedbacks given by various speakers for the past days.

During the day, the participants went on a field trip to some historical places in Melaka including Maritime Museum, Afamosa, and many others. It was an overwhelming experience for the participants and volunteers as they got to know many fascinating historical places.

The farewell gala dinner and closing ceremony were held later that night at Kings Green Ballroom where WAY Secretary General, Miss Ediola Pashollari, welcomed all respected guests and participants. She went on to appreciate all the participants for their efforts in making the 15th MIYD a fruitful dialogue. The pulpit was later left for the former president of WAY, Hon. Senator Tan Sri Mohd. Ali bin Rustam, who gave a touching closing speech about armed conflict in which he emphasized on the importance of dialogue as to conflict.

After the 15th MIYD was officially closed, the sponsors were awarded with token of appreciations. Besides, volunteers were later on thanked and awarded with certificates for their hard work and dedication; without them the 15th MIYD could have not been a great success. The celebration was concluded with a photo session with sponsors, VVIPs and other VIPs. The night was ended with many of tremendous cultural performance, magnificent band show, exciting dancing and joyful laughter.

DAY 5 - 15TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE

Melaka, 25th June 2015 – TODAY is the last day of the 15th Melaka International Youth Dialogues, as everyone was saying their goodbyes to each other. The participants, delegates and speakers were all delighted as their departed. Though it was sad but we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that we should not say ‘farewell’, instead, we should all say ‘see you’ as we are looking forward to the next year’s MIYD, with more laughter and joyful moments.

We also would like to utilize this opportunity to thank all partners, sponsors, organizing committee, volunteers and all parties who were dedicatedly involved in making this dialogue a grand success. We are blissful to have all your support.