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Tokyo Conference for the Ex-Participating Youth of the SWY Program

History

During the first International Reunion in Acapulco, which was held in March 1995, the participants decided to encourage the establishment of an Alumni Association in each participating country of the Ship for World Youth program. They shared their ideas about how to build an international Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA) network of this program.

In January 1996, the first Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA) Conference was held; inviting fourteen representatives from thirteen eastbound countries, where an agreement was made on the basic framework of SWYAA. The second International Reunion in Dubai 1996, was attended mainly by the ex-PYs of the westbound countries. In the on-board discussion during SWY 8, the agreement was supported as the basic framework for SWYAA, which emphasized global perspectives towards the future network.

Based on the recent developments in each country, and on the active cooperation of ex-PYs, the Ex-PY Conference was organized by inviting ex-PYs of participating countries of the westbound course in 1997. The representatives agreed to  SWYAA Amendment 1997, which was built upon the agreement of 1996.

In 1998, the third Ex-PY Conference was held for the eastbound countries, followed by the fourth Conference for the westbound countries in January 1999, and the fifth Conference for the eastbound countries in September of the same year. The Conferences aimed to identify the present situation of each Alumni Association and discussed the future plans for the establishment of the SWY Alumni Association network.

The Ex-PY Conference is being voluntarily planned and organized by the Alumni Associations with the support of the Japanese Government. This Conference is aimed strengthen the establishment of the SWY Alumni Association network, which will then contribute to the global society in many fields by making use of the resources gained in the SWY program.




Report of the Conference

Year Conference Date Place Participating Countries
1996 Tokyo Conference 1 January 16 - 21 Tokyo Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Solomon Is., USA, Venezuela, and Japan
1997 Tokyo Conference 2 January 16 - 21 Tokyo Bangladesh, Belgium, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Kenya, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, UAE, UK, Yemen, and Japan
1998 Tokyo Conference 3 January 15 - 21 Tokyo Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, CostaRica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Tonga, USA, Venezuela, and Japan
1999 Tokyo Conference 4 January 14 - 20 Tokyo Egypt, Finland, Greece, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, UAE, UK, Yemen, and Japan
1999 Tokyo Conference 5 September 6 - 12 Tokyo Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Solomon Is., Tonga, Uruguay, USA, and Japan
2000 Tokyo Conference 6 Aug. 31-Sept. 6 Tokyo Bahrain, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, India, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, UAE, UK, and Japan
2001 Tokyo Conference 7 December 4 - 16 Singapore
Nippon Maru
Tokyo
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Tonga, USA, Venezuela, and Japan
2002 Ex-PY Conference 8 December 3 - 16 Honolulu
Nippon Maru
Tokyo
Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Tonga, USA, Venezuela, and Japan
2004 Ex-PY Conference 9 Feb. 23 - March 7 Singapore
Nippon Maru
Tokyo
Bahrain, Egypt, Greece, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Norway, Seychelles, Spain, UAE, and Japan
2005 Ex-PY Conference 10 Feb. 24 - March 8 Guam
Nippon Maru
Tokyo
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tonga, USA, Venezuela, and Japan
2006 Ex-PY Conference 11 Feb. 21 - March 6 Singapore
Nippon Maru
Tokyo
Bahrain, Greece, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Norway, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, UAE, Yemen and Japan
2007 Ex-PY Conference 12 April 17 - 22 Tokyo, Japan Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Venezuela, USA and Japan
2008 Ex-PY Conference 13 March 16-21 Tokyo, Japan Bahrain, Egypt, Greece, India, Japan, Kenya, Oman, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Yemen
2009 Ex-PY Conference 14 March 22 - 27 Tokyo, Japan Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Venezuela
2010 Ex-PY Conference 15 March 22 - 27 Tokyo, Japan Bahrain, Egypt, Greece, India, Japan, Kenya, Mauritius, Oman, Sri Lanka, Sweden, UAE
2010 Ex-PY Conference 16 Jun.19-25 Tokyo, Japan Australia, Chile, Fiji, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Venezuela
2012 Ex-PY Conference 17 March 18 - 24 Tokyo, Japan Bahrain, Egypt, Greece, India, Japan, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, Yemen
2013 Ex-PY Conference 18 March 17 - 23 Tokyo, Japan Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cost Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Greece, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, Tonga, Turkey, U.A.E., UK, Venezuela, Yemen


Note, in 2002, it was suggested that the Tokyo Conference for the Ex-Participation Youth of SWY Program, as known as Tokyo Conference, should be called as Ex-PY Conference in short.