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SIGNIS Asia is moving towards sustainability

Wednesday 7 September 2016, by SIGNIS

Yangon, September, 7th, 2016 (Magimai Pragasam). For the first time in the history of SIGNIS Myanmar, at least forty delegates and representatives of SIGNIS Asia from thirteen countries gathered together in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, from August 21 to 27, 2016, and deliberated on their Mission and explored the possibilities of achieving sustainability.

The winds of democratic change in Myanmar, after a military dictatorship that ruled the country for more than 45 years, have brought to this south-east Asian land the 2016 Assembly of SIGNIS Asia.

The delegates and representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Korean and Pakistan, met into a journey of reflection on its mission

The venue was at the vibrant Yangon, where, besides delegates, the President of Office of Social Communication of Myanmar’s Bishops Conference, Bishop Peter Louise; the President of SIGNIS, Gustavo Andújar; the Vice President, John Lawrence and the Secretary General of SIGNIS, Ricardo Yáñez; were in attendance.

The main objective of the assembly was to refocus and clarify the mission of SIGNIS Asia and create a strategic plan based on sustainability.

In this sense, the President of SIGNIS Asia, Gabriel Hunt, asked questions to the delegates: "We carry out lots of activities but do they create an impact?", and stressed the need to "mobilize resources, focus on branding and visibility. As we live in the digital age, we need to open up our online services. "

This idea joined the message of the President of SIGNIS, Gustavo Andújar, who said "SIGNIS does not exist in physical structures but in its members", argued that the mission of the World Catholic Association for Communication will be strengthened to continually "focus on ‘sustainability’ " and stating that "initiatives by SIGNIS Asia can inspire the rest of the world."

The assembly program was invigorated by the presence of specialists from Australia, Indonesia, and India, who warned about the importance of generating content, the use of social media and promoting an ongoing dialogue with the audience to integrate the two primary purposes of the assembly: "mission and sustainability."

In one of the workshops of the assembly, the director of the consulting "Audience Dialogue", who develops strong working relationships in Africa, John Goslino, clarified with delegates, key concepts regarding sustainability, including identifying target audiences and integrating other elements of strategic planning; emphasized the importance of partnerships and collaboration with other related organizations.

Sharing faith with the local community

In one of the most significant portions of the assembly, the Cathedral of Yangon hosted the delegates in a spiritual harmony at the beginning of a mass with the local community that vibrated the energy with a Gregorian chant, presided by the Archbishop Emeritus of Mandalene.

As well, the delegates observed the culture of the region with local celebrations and events that combined dance programs from the cultures of Kachin, Myanmar, Kayin, Shan and Chin, with the young voices of the National Song Competition, and a visit to National Races Village and Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s emblematic temple, built 2,500 years ago.

A historic assembly

As the spirit of the motto of the Assembly of SIGNIS Asia, “Moving towards sustainability” spread, delegates joined in the commitment to build, in-line with environmental care attending the call of Pope Francisco, self-sustaining, integrators and community media projects.

You can see all the pictures of the event here, and the videos here.

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