Young Liberals of Asia Set-up Regional Body,
Elect Filipino as First President
|The newly elected YLDA-leadership is joined
by CALD-Executive Director Mr. John Coronel (2nd from left),
Mrs. Saumura Tioulong, Member of Parliament for the Sam Rainsy
Party (SRP) and SRP-President Sam Rainsy (center of picture)
and Dr. Ronald Meinardus of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation
YLDA – the "Young Liberals
and Democrats of Asia"
- has been officially established
as a regional organization in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) on October 30,
2003. Following thorough debates regarding the objectives and the
organizational structures of the organization, young political leaders
from thirteen countries adopted the YLDA-constitution. “This is
a historic moment for the liberal and democratic youth of Asia
said newly elected YLDA-President Jonathan Malaya from the Young
Liberals of the Philippines (Kalipi). In Phnom Penh, the delegates
also elected Mr. Rajendra Mulmi from the Youth Initiative of Nepal
as Secretary General and young political leaders from Taiwan, Indonesia
and Malaysia as members of the Executive Committee.
According to the adopted constitution, YLDA will pursue the following
- Organize young people for the realization of liberal ideals
and democratic principles in Asia through cooperation and dialogue
- Develop successful liberal and democratic youth organizations
in the respective member countries
- Promote liberal values among the youth of Asia through dialogues,
forums and workshops
Asia’s young liberals also vow to give special attention to
educational matters as well as efforts aimed at the eradication
of poverty. In the constitution, YLDA emphasizes the importance
of close cooperation with other liberal youth organizations worldwide.
The inaugural assembly in Phnom Penh was attended by the President
of International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) Mr. Emil
Kirjas (Macedonia) and IFLRY-Vice President Olly Wells (United
Prior to the inaugural YLDA-meeting, the delegates from Cambodia,
Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Burma,
Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, the United Kingdom and Macedonia
attended a workshop entitled, “The Youth in Democratic Transitions.
Prospects for Young Liberals in Asia,” sponsored by the Council
of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) and the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation.