The third annual training of peace activists was opened on October 15 during an interfaith service at the headquarters of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). As many as 27 young people sponsored by CCA member churches and councils as well as representatives of Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim organizations in Asia are attending the Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) program. The training will conclude on October 20.

As reported by, CCA general secretary Reverend Mathews George Chunakara, remarked that “The concept of security envisioned needs to be understood properly as the notion of security has been interpreted often in political contexts, and linked only to national security or war and military defense. Such an approach will not be taking into consideration the importance of human security and the right of the poor to live in dignity, safety and with access to justice.”

Various thematic presentations at the YAPA explore the ways to empower civil society in its quest for social development, economic security, human rights, food security, environmental security, community security and political security. YAPA – 2018 aims to train prospective young peace activists and bring them to a common platform to help build communities where peace and harmony would prevail and be upheld.