First executive committee meeting of APEC Junior Conference held in Hiroshima

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

The executive committee of the "APEC Junior Conference in Hiroshima 2010," which youth from the member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will take part in, was established on October 21 and held its first meeting at Hiroshima City Hall. The committee consists of the City of Hiroshima, the Chugoku Shimbun, NHK and commercial broadcasting companies in Hiroshima and other entities. They will now begin full preparations for the conference slated for next February.

At the meeting, the city, which serves as the secretariat office of the committee, explained the conference schedule and outline. The conference will be held over five days, from February 20 through 24, mainly at the East Building of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum under the theme "Our Future, the Earth's Future: Creating a Peaceful, Prosperous Society." A total of 44 young people, two from each of 20 foreign countries and regions and four from Japan, are expected to participate in the conference.

Poet Arthur Binard will deliver the keynote speech. The participants will be divided into several groups of about ten people and exchange views in English based on the issues of their own daily lives in order to seek solutions to common problems that the Pacific Rim region faces. They will also learn about issues involving nuclear weapons through a visit to Peace Memorial Museum and the testimony to be shared by an A-bomb survivor.

At the end of the conference, they will adopt a "message from young people" and communicate the message to the participants of the APEC senior officials meeting, which will be held around the same time in Hiroshima.

The executive committee launched its call for applications for four Japanese participants on October 22. Applicants must be of high school age and be able to express their views and engage in discussions in English. The application form, which can be obtained from the city's website, along with an essay on the motivation for applying, must be sent by e-mail or regular mail by November 10. For details, please contact the Hiroshima City Peace Promotion Division at 082-242-7831.

(Originally published on October 22, 2009)

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