International Youth Day Celebration & Conference will give you the opportunity to test your leadership skills, debate issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions, and realize through experience the complexities of life as youths.
12th IYD aims to mobilize youth leaders from the student councils, NGOs, the SK Federation and also our International Youths by providing them a venue to enhance their skills in project planning, management, monitoring and implementation using the eight (8) Millennium Development Goals.
The 12th International Youth Day Celebration & Conference is a five-day conference aimed to mobilize young people to take concrete actions to end poverty by 2015 as prescribed by the United Nations and the Philippines as signatory to the Millennium Development Goals Campaign. This year’s IYD will take a special focus on the role of volunteerism to achieve the MDG’s.
This will be the first IYD that will be held outside Metro Manila, the country’s capital, for the very reason of localizing and bringing the conference closer to our youths. As the center of the country, Visayas, IYD Delegates are expected to actively participate in number as compared to previous IYD’s.
IYD was started in 1999 in Manila, Philippines. It was a fitting tribute to youth volunteers with the theme “The Role of Youth Volunteers in the Promotion of the Culture of Peace and Sustainable Development”, eighty (80) youth leaders from Japan, the Philippines, Brazil, Cambodia, East Timor, Korea, Indonesia, Israel, Thailand, Germany, Myanmar and Vietnam drafted action plans for the regional and national celebration of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (IDPNCW).
UNITED NATIONS YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (UNYAP)
UNYAP consists entirely of youth volunteers, official arm of the UNAP. They live to embody the principles of the United Nations , and get other youth involved in understanding and sharing the ideals enshrined in the United Nations’ Charter. They provide fertile ground for youth empowerment, education, networking and generating public opinion to support the work of the United Nations to build a better world for all.
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (UNAP)
Member of the World Federation for United Nations Associations (WFUNA), UNAP was founded in 1947. Since 1999, UNAP has organized various project and programs for the youth sector of the Philippines because of the need to engage them in community development and nation-building.
Central Philippine University
The University sits on a 24-hectare campus, located along Lopez Jaena Street, Jaro, Iloilo City which is considered a Tourism Site by the Iloilo City Council.
CPU is the home of the largest library in Western Visayas, the Henry Luce III Library with more than 200,000 volumes including holdings of special collections like the 40,000 United Nations documents, World War II documents, etc.
It has its distinction of having its own cable channel and oldest student government in the country.
City Government of Iloilo
Led by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Iloilo City is located at the center of the country and is also the regional center of the Western Visayas Region.
Iloilo is well known for its Dinagyang Festival every January in line with the celebration of the Sto. Niño.
The City is commonly called, “The City of Love”, due to its people’s manner of speaking in a lovely tone.
Provincial Government of Iloilo
Led by Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. Iloilo occupies the southeast portion of Panay Island and is bordered by Antique to the west and Capiz Province to the north. Just off Iloilo’s southeast coast is Guimaras Province.
People from Iloilo are called Iloggos. There are two local languages spoken in the province: Hiligaynon sometimes calledIloggo, and Kinaray-a.
It has the distinction of a province having the most number of Barangays, smallest governing body.
Provicial Government of Guimaras
Southeast of Panay and Northwest of Negros Islands in Western Visayas, Philippines. The island is separated from Panay by the 1.5 nautical miles long Iloilo Strait and acts as a natural breakwater for Iloilo.
Guimaras is composed of five (5) municipalities and ninety eight (98) barangays with Jordan as the capital town. Hiligaynon is the native dialect.
Known as the Mango Capital of the Philippines.
Food, Accommodation and Attire
Participants shall be provided with meal stubs for the five day conference . If meal stubs are lost, the participants will be required to purchase new tickets. For special provisions on food, please inform the secretariat ahead of time.
All participants will be billeted at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center. Extension of stay must be arranged in advance to the secretariat. Formal clothing is recommended for all events. National dress may also be worn. Please bring you swimming gears and sporting attire (e.g. jogging pants / swimsuit ) for planned immersion activities, outdoor outreaches and morning exercises. The weather is expected to be tropical throughout the period of the 12th IYD celebration in Iloilo City and Guimaras Island.
Plenaries and Workshops will also be held at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center. The Hotel is about 30 minutes from Iloilo Airport and 20 minutes from the seaport.
Program of Activities
Day 1 WEDNESDAY (August 03, 2011)
09:00 – 01:00 Registration and Billeting
01:00 – 03:00 Program Engagement and Orientation
03:00 – 06:00 Opening Program and OYLA Awarding
06:00 – 10:00 Welcome Dinner and Iloilo Cultural Presentations
10:00 L I G H T S O U T
Day 2 THURSDAY (August 04, 2011)
07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary Session 1: National & Global Reports on MDGs
10:00 – 10:15 Break / Snacks
10:15 – 12:00 Plenary Session 2: Accelerating the achievement of the MDGs
through Policy Advocacies
12:00 – 01:00 LUNCH
01:00 – 03:00 Simultaneous Workshops on MDGs and Volunteerism ( 8 groups)
03:00 – 03:30 B R E A K / S N A C K S
03:00 – 06:00 Group Team-building activities
06:00 – 07:00 Preparation for Cultural Night
07:00 – 08:00 DINNER
08:00 – 10:00 International Cultural Night
11:00 L I G H T S O U T
DAY 3 – FRIDAY (August 5, 2011)
06:00 – 07:00 Morning Exercise
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 10:00 UNYAP General Assembly
10:00 – 10:15 Break / Snacks
10:15 – 12:00 Action Planning ( SKs, Student Councils, UNESCO Clubs, Young Legislators,
Young Proffesionals, Community Based Youth Orgs, Educators)
12:00 – 01:00 LUNCH
01:00 – 06:00 International MDGs Contests
06:00 – 07:00 DINNER
07:00 – 10:30 Solidarity Night with live bands
11:00 – 0:00 L I G H T S O U T
Day 4 – SATURDAY (August 6, 2011)
5:30 – 6:30 BREAKFAST
OPTION 1. National Forum on Volunteerism for MDG
08:00 – 10:00 National Forum
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Pleanary Session
12:00 – 01:00 Lunch
01:00 – 5:00 Free time
OPTION 2. Ecological Immersion and Tour in Guimaras
06:30 – 08:00 Assembly and travel to Guimaras
08:30 – 03:00 Island Hopping, Tour, Immersion around the Island with
Welcome Lunch by the Provincial Government
03:30 – 05:00 Travel Back to Iloilo
05:00 – 06:00 Rest and Shower
06:00 – 07:00 Dinner
07:00 – 10:30 Action Planning by UNYAP Elected Officials
10:30 Lights Off
DAY 5 – SUNDAY (August 7, 2011)
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 10:00 Presentation and Critiquing of Action Plans
10:00 – 10:15 Snacks
10:15 – 12:00 Closing Ceremony
12:00 – 12:00 Lunch and Check out
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