CIAM-WYA Youth Synod Colloquium
The CIAM-WYA Synod Colloquium is a joint international conference hosted by Centro Internazionale Di Animazione Missionaria (CIAM), for the most outstanding members of World Youth Alliance in Vatican (Rome, Italy) held from 4 to 10 December 2017. Our student, Satria Rizaldi Alchatib , and 11 participants were chosen through a joint process of nomination and application.
WYA is a global coalition of 1 million young people across the world promoting human dignity of person through advocacy and culture. The organization is an accredited NGO under the UN Economic and Social Council and operating since 1999.
I have been joining WYA since 2014 as an accredited member and organized WYA Asia Pacific largest conference, Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) in Manila. It was followed a year later when I was appointed as Asia Pacific Representation and Spokesperson in the International Solidarity Forum (ISF) held at United Nations in New York City.
The event constitutes a 3 day program of discussion, formation, and contemplation about the idea of human person. It was followed by a written compilation of text capturing the contributions, ideas, and commitment of the participants that will be published in a proceeding (book) as a preparatory submission for the 2018 Youth Synod in Rome. The delegates are representation from Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Each region was represented by 4 selected delegates.
This conference is fundamental reflection to public policy as I had the opportunity to be in a practical sphere of policy making. This event is a venue for young people from diverse backgrounds to raise their voices to influence the church's incoming policies (Vatican) on the issue of peace and humanity. During the conference, delegates were given the opportunity to attend a public hearing from Pope Francis who was just returned from his mission in Myanmar and Bangladesh to discuss the current crisis situation about moslem Rohingya and peace effort from the church.
The proceeding (book) consisted of compilation of essays contributed by each delegate will be the basis of the upcoming 2018 Youth Synod hosted by Vatican Church in Rome. Henceforth, through the event young people will be given a broader space to determine the intervention of Vatican Church in the reconciliation of peace and the promotion of humanity worldwide.
by Satria Rizaldi Alchati, first-year student of Political Analysis and Public Policy programme