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“Youth should be the center of a community delivering the values of harmony and mutual understanding.”

AUG 2017

A letter from a Ukrainian youth leader

 

The Youth NGO, “Modern Format” in Ukraine, aims to educate youth by developing their skills and ideas with modern thinking, technology and methods to give youth the opportunity to meet their full potential. The main areas of its activities are: democracy and human rights, media; regional development, and CSO support. Below is a message from Zhanna Solovyva Head of the Board of the Youth NGO “Modern Format”.

Maidan, occupation of the Crimea, the war in the East of Ukraine and all the events which took place during the last several years and still go on today, had a significant impact on Ukrainian people and the communities. A great number of forced immigrants from eastern Ukraine and the occupied Crimea have integrated into the society.

Nowadays the problem of cooperation and integration of the displaced people into communities is especially problematic as well as the interaction of people with different cultural, religious, and historical views. The whole Ukrainian society and the communities at the local level should learn how to respect each other and live under conditions of multicultural tolerance.

It’s necessary for community members to learn how to respect each other and to cooperate in spite of cultural, historical, religious and nationality differences. It is important for the displaced people to feel themselves as a part of a community, in which territory they are living in. The community leaders should acknowledge, respect and involve representatives of those “new communities” and different cultures, who will provide lasting benefits for all of us. They have to understand the consequences of their actions and should be socially responsible.

Young people are the most progressive in society; they quickly adapt under new circumstances, accept new information and are best motivated for change inside of their communities. Cultural, religious and political diversity issues are not so problematic for the young representatives of the communities. It is the young people, active members of their communities, who can become the AGENTS able to facilitate understanding within communities, not only in Ukraine, but all over the world.

I believe that the active participation of young people in the processes of making decisions at different levels can be the driving force of social change and community development.

Zhanna Solovyva

Youth NGO “Modern Format”

We certainly realize once more the importance of the role of youth in society by indirectly experiencing the reality in Ukraine. By working together with Modern Format team, IPYG hopes to encourage Ukrainian youth more and more to be the messengers of peace.

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Child Rights Activist from ECPAT Indonesia

JUN 2017

"Selamat Pag. My name is Annisa Fitri Noviana. I am a Child Rights Activist from ECPAT Indonesia. I attended the peace summit last year in South Korea organized by HWPL. Since 2015 I was also appointed as a Publicity Ambassador of HWPL and have done many peace works in Indonesia together with HWPL.

I am honored to give a congratulatory message for the 4th commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. I appreciate all the activities and movements of HWPL, especially Chairman Lee’s effort to make a world of peace. Indonesia has so many islands and cultures as we have 34 provinces. We’ve gone [through] so many hardships such as war and conflict in past years. Nowadays, our country is still experiencing many troubles caused by conflict, radicalism, terrorism, etc. Children and young people are dying because of this. We really appreciate and support the activities and efforts of HWPL in relation to peacebuilding and cessation of war in this world. I wish that the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) established by HWPL continues to be advocated worldwide and developed into a legally binding document.

Myself as a Publicity Ambassador of HWPL, I will also do my best to participate and also support the activities of HWPL in relation to the promotion of peace and cessation of war in Indonesia. I wish that HWPL will keep on good track with peace work, and success to achieve world peace."

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“Understanding the dynamics of conflict is the best way of learning how to create a more peaceful society.”

MAY 2017

A letter from a Peace Messenger of France

The International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) is a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It has worked with many Catholic students in activities concerning peace and social issues. Below is the message of peace from Edouard Pihewa Karoue, International President of the IMCS.

Today, IMCS is made up of around 3,000,000 Catholic students who reflect upon social issues, using Catholic social teaching. IMCS believes that the spirit of openness for friendship with our diverse society is the only way to build a peaceful world where one can care for people and their dignity.

If there is something I have to say, it is to let all of us realize that peace is not an autonomous reality. When we talk about a real peace, we talk about solidarity, human dignity, social justice, equality, respect of human rights, intercultural (faith) dialogue, tolerance, etc. Peace doesn’t come from the quantity of speeches for peace that we make. It comes from the care we have for every human being.

Understanding the dynamics of conflict is the best way of learning how to create a more peaceful society. I am sure that a life of simplicity, respect, truth, justice, love and forgiveness are the central keys to building peace.

We should realizing that “goods” and “cultural differences” (including religion) are two key elements that animate conflicts. These elements should help us to complete an examination of conscience every day. I’m convinced that each one of us has to make a supplementary effort to create a more peaceful community where we live. Being peaceful is not “being silent in order not to offend others”. It is more to challenge ourselves to meet, understand, and learn from others and welcome them and their realities without judging them. It is also a challenging task for us all to look for the common good in all of our small actions and improve our values of sharing.

The younger generations have a central role to play in this because the older generations are already departing. They can build a new society by sharing all the good human values by being lights within their families and friends. I will not invite my fellow young people to build peace. I invite all of us (myself included) to be just, truthful, in solidarity with and welcome to others.

Edouard Pihewa KAROUE

International Movement of Catholic Students

The sincere letter of Edouard Pihewa Karoue ignites peace in the hearts of the IPYG youths. This year, the IPYG will communicate closely with French youth and work together for the better tomorrow as future decision-makers.

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We must not forget the Value of Peace

MAR 2017

A Letter from a Peace Messenger of Romania

IPYG met Razvan Patcas, Former President of Euroavia Cluj-Napoca. He participated in the 2nd Annual commemoration of the World Alliance of Religion’s Peace (WARP) Summit as a peace messenger. He has a dedication and commitment towards peace. He knows that HWPL and IPYG have been making continuous effort to achieve peace. He appreciates the dedicated support of IPYG and looks forward to working with us. Let us see what he would like to say to IPYG.


 

Dear. IPYG

It was a great pleasure for me to take part a couple of weeks ago at an event on a topic about peace. Something, I rarely hear about in Romania... peace. I think people here seem to forget about it. As time passes by, the great feeling of living in a quite peaceful environment tends to become more and more embedded into our daily life.

I was born in a period of peace and so were my parents. However, it is not usual for all people. As soon as you start to think about peace further than your daily life and the circle of people that you meet each day and start to observe the situation on our little blue planet, you cannot forget about other fellow humans that lost their peace or are fighting for it. These are all important reasons for which we have to be concerned and we have to do something to change the situation for the better.

Peace is a great thing to have and I am grateful for it and for all the benefits that come with it. This is why I believe that we have to embrace it more. I think we need to show the impact that peace has over our world and to place it into our culture, our state of mind and our way of doing politics.

I think it is the only way forward for a better future, for tighter relations among humankind and for our development as better people. I wish to help HWPL and world peace as much as I can. Of course, it can be a long process to take form but we have to seek peace continuously!

Razvan Patcas

Euroavia Cluj-Napoca

Former President


We hope that all events would be proceeding well and peace can be achieved as soon as possible in Romania through the peace activities of Razvan Patcas and youth in Romania. As Razvan said, “I wish to help HWPL and world peace as much as I can”, we, IPYG, will try to make peace with Razvan and Romanian youth doing many peace activities.

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Peace Message

FEB 2017

From. Oman TargetPhotography Studio

Whatever that extremism and intolerance named, they are seeds that the soil of Oman will reject it.


 

From. Uganda Suubi Nursery and Primary school

Hate and anger are never the solution to fix any problem. But love and forgiveness are. So I think we, the youth of the future, should be focusing more on ways of reaching each other with more love to achieve world peace. And once again, I believe social media is one of the best platforms. If we use it correctly it will help so much to achieve this goal. For example, I would never have heard about IPYG if it wasn’t for Facebook!

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A Letter from a Peace Messenger in the Philippines

JAN 2017

IPYG met Raxiey Adolfo, Co-founder of International Youth United and a member of IPYG. He held an event ‘The Surigao Peace Caravan’ three times in January. He has a dedication and commitment for peace. He thinks that young people can work for peace on their own with the help of IPYG’s guidance. He knows that HWPL and IPYG have been making constant efforts to achieve peace. He appreciates the dedicated support of IPYG and looks forward to working with us.


Dear IPYG

I always wanted to work for the benefit of the young people, because I believe that if we see that the world we are living in right now is a mess, the next generation should not experience this situation but rather live in a world where they can play without limit, study in schools without threat of violence and live happily like the stories we see on fiction movies. I know it will not be easy, but it’s never impossible. Working to develop the world we live in starts from us young people and it will emanate from us who will lead the world in the future.

Maybe there are a lot of challenges along our way but there are many things that will make us a better messenger of peace.  It should not be the reason to malign our commitment and hopes for a better world.

If you want a place where you can live peacefully, start the struggle now! Never wait for others to do it for you. You should start it by yourself to  get others on board with you. Start it with yourself and influence others to work for peace! Promise, it works with me!

Raxiey Adolfo

International Youth United


Co-founder

We hope that all the events would proceed well and that peace can be achieved as soon as possible in the Philippines through the peace activities of Mr. Raxiey Adolfo who wrote this letter to IPYG. He got inspired when a member of IPYG said that “we should not stop working unless there's already peace in this world”. Likewise, let’s try to work together for peace in the world.

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Peace Culture: A Global Need

NOV 2016

A letter from a peace messenger from Indonesia

 IPYG met Zainul Fuad, Dean of the Islamic State University (UIN) North Sumatra and a member of IPYG. He participated in the 2nd Annual commemoration of the World Alliance of Religion’s Peace (WARP) Summit as a peace messenger. He truly has a mind for peace and will be processed with the Education Program and Peace Seminar in December 2016. He knows that HWPL and IPYG have been working on peace activities for world peace, and that HWPL and IPYG have always made an effort to achieve peace. Now, let us see read what he would like to say to the IPYG of the world.


Dear. IPYG of the world

As one of the participants of the last 2nd Annual commemoration of World Alliance of Religion’s Peace (WARP) Summit, my concern in life is only peace, and I was so impressed and touched by the chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee through this summit. It’s an honor to be part of HWPL members, the family of peace, to work for peace together as one and I would also like to express my intention to cooperate with IPYG in building world peace. The current situation in Indonesia regarding interreligious relations is quite precarious, and the political issues have also made social relations fragile. This compounded by the issue of religious blasphemy for a certain political purpose.

In this situation, I feel that spreading a culture of peace is the most important work of the world, including Indonesia which struggles to find solutions to the potential appearance of interreligious conflicts. Through our organization CENTER FOR PEACE STUDIES, we would like to organize the Education Program and a Peace Seminar to raise awareness toward peace and learn how important peace is for the youth. In December 2016, the event will be attended by the representatives of students from various universities in North Sumatra.

For this purpose, I would be very grateful if the INTERNATIONAL PEACE YOUTH GROUP (IPYG) could cooperate and help us facilitate the success of this program so as for it to be one of the ways to spread peace in Indonesia. I do believe peace can be achieved as the chairman of HWPL says, and I support HWPL and IPYG.

 

Zainul Fuad

Islamic State University (UIN) North Sumatra

Dean


 We hope that the events planned would be successful and that peace may be achieved as soon as possible in Indonesia through the peace activities of Mr. Zainul Fuad who wrote this letter to IPYG. We would like to say to the peace advocates who read this article. “Let’s try to achieve peace together as one”

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Brahmanda Pratap Barua, Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar Sangha Youth Dhaka Secretary General

OCT 2016

Dear IPYG,

It gives me a lot of pleasure to write to you after coming back from 2nd Annual Commemoration of WARP summit 2016, Korea, which was so impressive and inspiring too.

I feel honored and fortunate that HWPL have given me a chance to be a part of the family and making me a Peace Advocate for Bangladesh. What to say? It seems how much I shall describe is less in compare to what I have observed and enjoyed at your esteemed organization and in your good hand.

The first day I was welcomed from the Airport with a nice garland. The Hotel was really nice and all IPYG members those were sitting at the lobby were so much cooperative and helpful. I really felt so special and worthy of being a part of HWPL family.

The welcoming and opening show “Peace Festival” in Olympic Stadium on 18th September was breathtaking.  It is first time in my life that I walked through any Olympic track along with the IPYG team with the flag.

The placard show was so nice along with the video at the screen. It made me cry when I saw the video of First World War, Second World War and Korean War and the performance of HWPL members who created Korean map and described Korean War through their activities. It would be so much difficult even for any Government to arrange such a program. More over our Chairman’s speech was so much inspiring as always. Hon. Chairman explained what he experienced on Korean War and why the youths must not engage themselves in to violence. His speech was also filled with enough guidelines for the youths.  

The fireworks were amazing and finally the drum playing was excellent. I saw how the VIP’s were dancing, they were so happy to be a part of the whole program.

The forum was so fruitful, speakers from around the world spoke on how to make the declaration successful and how to solve existing problems in light with the declaration. We had a very less time so may be all speakers could not speak but all have given their consent at their best.

The Conference was also fruitful one, Our Chairman Mr. Man He Lee was the main attraction with his bold speech. I became surprise how a man gives examples from so many religious scriptures. It seems he reads a lot. He also said "We have seen First World War, Second World War, Korean war, Gulf war, Middle east war, Syrian war and we are thinking that war is over but in fact it’s not over. We are still living in war zone, world now has become a war zone. It’s time to sign the declaration for the sake of humanity, for the sake of our own existence. Why world leaders are not signing the declaration. If they think, they are President or Prime Minister and they don’t have to sign it than they are wrong. They are not holding this position for whole life. Tomorrow they will be former President or former Prime Minister, than who will save them? Can’t they understand how important it is to sign it even to save their own existence? The declaration is made by taking a lot of time, with a lot of meeting, discussion and enough knowledge. There is no point that is harmful for any beings, than why they are not signing. If they do not sign it, one day their future generation will ask them and accuse them for not taking this opportunity".

It was really so much inspiring. Our Chairman is the leader of the leaders, that day he proved it once again. Because I saw how all leaders were listening to him and our Chairman was just instructing them. It was pin drop silent all the way. Our Chairman never writes his speech, he never even reads his speech from any written script but he speaks instantly whatever he feels from inside. Our Chairman also said he heard from heaven, he got orders from God to make this earth free from suffering. But he was not sure about how he will start the job, as he doesn’t have enough money and enough knowledge, so he had confusion but God have given him instruction, showed him ways, about how he can start the work with a simple way. He always talked simply with all world leaders wherever he went and everyone listened to him like elder brother. He instructed us too to behave simply and start the work at our home and abroad with a simple manner. I must say our Chairman is the most charismatic man I have ever met or seen.

At the final day our Chairman has extended his invitation to me at his peace palace with a wonderful dinner. All foods were selected by judging everyone’s taste. Even at that day our Chairman have given his short speech and instructed us how to proceed and do the work at our best. I must say the overall meeting was great success and all guests were so happy to receive so much respect from HWPL.

It’s been two years since I’m working with IPYG and HWPL. Every time I went for a meeting, I learnt new things from our Chairman’s speech. That’s why I always try to give my best support to IPYG so that our Chairman’s effort does not go in vain. Even at the age of eighty plus he is working like a young man. This is because of his mental strength and love/responsibility for mankind.

Sometime I think, if our Chairman would have made this declaration before First World War, may be, we wouldn’t had to see any of the wars on history. It’s already late but even now if we do not follow it or adopt it to United Nations, it would be foolish and shameful as well.

We are trying our best to get signatures from head of the state. Already more than 20,000 students from College and Universities have signed in favor of declaration and all the political leaders, teachers, advocates, lawyers, doctors, engineers, judges we met were given their positive consent in favor of the declaration.

My message to the world youth will be very simple. “Dear brothers in mankind, please do not sit idle at home, it is time for us to wake up and awake others and work for society. If you are selfish and do not want to spend time for others than no problem please work for yourself, your own family, your future children. Make this earth safe enough so that your daughter can walk on green grass and your son can run up to your lap safely. Be a candle, light up yourself and spread the light to other candles as well. The declaration is a guideline that is prepared, let us all spread the declaration to the person next to us. Let us say no to Hatred, let us say no to Lie and Let us say no to War”.

 

Thanks and best regards

Brahmanda Pratap Barua.

Peace Advocate IPYG

Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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A Letter from a Peace Messenger of Rwanda

JUL 2016

The Peace Message to IPYG all over the world


IPYG met David GATOYA NTABAJYANA, the director of Association des Parents Adventistes Pour Le Development de Education (APADE) and a member of the IPYG. He has worked with the IPYG and HWPL and supported the DPCW. He gathered about 1,000 students at his school, APADE and helped them to understand the importance of the DPCW. Then, the students signed in support of the Declaration, urging that the Declaration be developed into an international legally binding document. He understands what HWPL, IPYG and IWPG stands for and is always making an effort to achieve peace in Rwanda with us. Now, let us meet Mr. David and listen to his message for youth all over the world.



My name is Gatoya N. David. I am a head teacher of secondary school while being a Director of school and leading 1000 student. I understood the importance of peace through the messages of Chairman Lee of HWPL, especially for today's youth. Also, being Rwandan citizen and witnessing the genocide and suffering from the result of it, I pledge to organize several conferences in my school on peace keeping. I will also organize to peace parade walk whenever we can. It is my hope that this will work out well and have good results for the future and the young ones. We will also try to cover many news articles through media and share the outcome with others all over the world.


There already was a new era of peace opened for students in APADE. We hope that they can be the future of the peaceful world and they can be peace messengers for world peace. Mr. David hopes to do peace work together with HWPL and the IPYG. He also wants to build Peace Academy for the future of the youth and for achieving peace in Rwanda. This is the first step towards real peace in Rwanda and all over the world. We, IPYG, support his passion for peace.

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A Letter from an Afghan Youth Who Loves IPYG

JUN 2016

Jamshid Ayubi, Amity University, International law and political science

IPYG gives hope that true peace is possible in Afghanistan

 

Jamshid Ayubi is an Afghan youth who majored in international law and political science at Amity University in India. He came to learn about the IPYG in India. Greatly inspired by the peace movement of HWPL and IPYG, he joined the IPYG and has been working together for peace. As a youth who experienced the pain of war firsthand, he longs for peace. Convinced that true peace can be achieved by working with HWPL and IPYG, he has sent a letter.

 


 

I am Jamshid Ayubi from Afghanistan. I'm 23 years old and currently searching for a job in the ministry of foreign affairs. I have done my bachelor's degree at Amity University, India.

I'm living in a country that its past is better than present. Even though after wars, people have partially peace in some part of the country. In a world which sorely needs the engagement of the youth in nation-building processes, I am taken aback by the peace driven vision of HWPL, which aligns with the hopes and dreams that I have for my own country.

I come from a country that is a melting pot of various different ethnicities, one where I am certain that our similarities bring us together, and differences make us stronger.

A war-torn nation that is still licking its wounds, Afghanistan is making incremental steps in its path to actualize its potential. I wish to lead my nation tomorrow on a path where Afghans can boast about peace, stability, a world class education, efficient healthcare, modern infrastructure, and abundant opportunities for the youth. I am passionate about seeing an Afghanistan where men and women work as equals toward building the Afghanistan of tomorrow.

I strongly commit myself to HWPL and would like to carry as an active volunteer.

I don't know when I have been more affected by an organization than I was met with delegates of IPYG in India. Peace message of IPYG settled my heart and gave me very real hope especially about Afghanistan's future.

His Excellency's leadership of our organization (HWPL and IPYG) has caused an upturn in all of our spirits. The freshness of his perspectives and his inspiring work for world peace helped many people across the globe to put aside violence and think about a peaceful world. I'm appreciative of Mr. Lee's speeches which have been focused on how we can support each other in times of crisis.

I will gain the knowledge and the skills to be able to further spread the vision of HWPL, and to also to lead my nation on a path that brings peace and prosperity.

I have a dream. I plan to become a diplomat and take my masters and doctorate. Also, I will work for Street children and I'm going to make an NGO.

As a volunteer at IPYG, I will travel to many provinces in Afghanistan or any other part of the world and spread out the message of Chairman Lee. And I will convince people to join to HWPL. Also, I will have signing campaign to support the declaration of peace and cessation of wars at schools and have support from my parents too.

I would love to send a message by saying a famous poem by Persian poet Hafiz : “Plant the tree of friendship that bears fruit of fulfillment/Uproot the sapling of enmity that bears endless suffering” You should never lose hope for a better future as we Afghans showed to the world.

 From Jamshid Ayubi

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