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Germany’s March Towards Peace

JUN 2016

Germany’s March Towards Peace

Dressed in traditional clothes of different countries, participants march from Potsdamer Platz to Brandenburger Tor

 

Among various programs that took place this time in Berlin, Germany, a peace event in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) received much attention. The IPYG and IWPG cooperated with Easy Culture, which is an organization concentrating on cultural exchange and business cooperation between China and Germany, and together hosted the International Law Initiative Forum and Peace Walk on 25 May. The purpose of this event was to advance peace by supporting the DPCW, which contains provisions aimed at prohibiting armed conflict and creating a culture of peace.

 

During the International Law Initiative Forum, the DPCW, which was proclaimed in March in Seoul, South Korea, was introduced as a practical solution for putting an end to wars and achieving world peace. Amir Aziz, the president of Ahmadiyya-Moschee in Wilmersdorf, said in his speech that a large proportion of conflicts are attributed to religious causes, so the DPCW, which contains provisions aimed at resolving religious conflicts, should be developed into an enforceable law. Also, many citizens participated in a signing ceremony to support the Declaration.

 

After the Forum, about 500 people came out to the streets with placards and posters they made and held a peace walk. They marched from Potsdamer Platz to Brandenburger Tor, led by a performance group dressed in traditional clothes of different countries. When the Peace Walk came to an end, many citizens signed their support for the DPCW. This day, one of the citizens who took part in the Peace Walk said, “Women and youth are the greatest victims of war, and I think this Declaration is absolutely needed to protect ourselves. I am very glad to take a small but meaningful step towards peace by signing my support for the Declaration.” 

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Peace Walk is Successfully Held in Gojra, Pakistan

JUN 2016

Peace Walk is Successfully Held in Gojra, Pakistan

Youth and women raise their voices for peace and cessation of war

 

On 28 May 2016, the IPYG and Youth for Human Rights Pakistan held the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace at TMA Hall in Gojra, Pakistan, and had a peace walk for the political freedom in Gojra. This day, about 60 people including youth and 30 women took part in the peace walk.

Before the peace walk, all participants watched a video of speeches by HWPL Chairman and IPYG Chairwoman. Also, they held a ceremony of signing in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). 

Umair Ahmad, the president of Youth for Human Rights Pakistan, delivered his congratulatory remarks and expressed his full support for the DPCW. He also emphasized that “it is the youth who can cease wars and achieve world peace.”

This event was attended by Kiran Ashraf, the secretary of Youth for Human Rights; Gulzar Ahmad from Tehsil Press Club; Saquib Mehmood Butt, the secretary of Pakistan Peoples’ Party; and Syeda Zahida Shah, the head of Toba Tek Singh branch of South Asia Partnership Pakistan. These speakers advocated the right to freedom regardless of one’s religious or political backgrounds, and urged that other organizations should take action for peace and religious harmony in order to prevent religious extremism.

The speakers also addressed the issue of hatred, oppression, or even extremism in the name of religion, and asked the government and politicians to adopt short and long-term policies that can solve this issue. They emphasized that just talking about peace and freedom will not resolve the situation but real action is required. 

Through the peace walk, the participants made a step forward towards peace. They also held a signing ceremony to support HWPL’s projects for bringing peace not only to Gojra but to the whole world.

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Peace movement in small towns of Hungary ignites flames of peace that reach the capital city

JUN 2016

Peace Blossoms!

Peace movement in small towns of Hungary ignites flames of peace that reach the capital city

 

The flames of peace that began in Kistelek and Kömpöc, small towns of Hungary, spread and reached the capital, where a peace walk was held on 25 May 2016. Kistelek is a town in Csongrád County in southern Hungary, and it has a population of about 7,000 people. Kömpöc is a village in Bács-Kiskun County, and it has a population of about 1,000 people. 

The flames of peace that began in Kistelek and Kömpöc, small towns of Hungary, spread and reached the capital, where a peace walk was held on 25 May 2016. Kistelek is a town in Csongrád County in southern Hungary, and it has a population of about 7,000 people. Kömpöc is a village in Bács-Kiskun County, and it has a population of about 1,000 people. 

Citizens’ participation in the signature campaign in these small towns ignited the flames of peace, which spread quickly. St. Augustine Elementary School was designated as an HWPL Peace Academy, and it is preparing to educate children and nurture messengers of peace. Although it was small in scale, a peace walk was held in the capital of Hungary, and reporters from foreign media outlets came to cover the event. 

After that, on 7 June, students and teachers of St. Augustine Elementary School also held a peace walk (with the consent of parents) along with the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.  

The following is an interview with Remzs? Fanni and Dániel Bácskai (member and president of Ifjú Kistelekiek Szövetsége), who are members of the Hungarian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee. 

Q. The reason you are working with IPYG
A. Because it's a great choice for us. We can work together towards a beautiful aim and we can activate more people to live in peace.

Q. What are the activities you want to do with IPYG in the future?
A. In the future I want to see the focus on the women’s rights and in my area many women are victims in their families. I want to help these women. It's a big problem in the world. And my biggest dream: I would like to gather a great team to do this, TOGETHER.

Q. How will the peace walk (yesterday) effect Hungary and what will your role be to make peace in Hungary and the World as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee?
A. I think everything starts with a small step. First, change your mind and after that the minds of those who lives in your house, your street, your city. After that we will have enough power to make peace in the nearby towns and cities. In my mind, everything goes step by step! The first step is the peace walk, to stir interest. After you become interested in something, you will want to know much more about that thing. This is the way, this is our way!

The Hungarian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will work actively in Kistelek and Kömpöc to not only transform them into cities of peace but also carry out advocacy activities in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
 

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Inner Mongolia, China, Takes Beautiful Steps Toward Peace

JUN 2016

Inner Mongolia, China,

Takes Beautiful Steps Toward Peace

The news of the third anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace is proclaimed in China

 

On 28 May 2016, the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace was held in Genghis Khan Park, Inner Mongolia, China. The event was led by the Chinese branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and Volunteers of Rainbow’s Bridge, and about 350 people gathered. After the Declaration of World Peace was read out, the participants held a peace walk.

Ma Li Fang, who is the head of the Chinese branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, expressed her respect for HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee, who is a veteran of the Korean War and has devoted himself to peace by going around the world 24 times solely for peace. She also urged the citizens who attended the event to join Chairman Lee in the peace work. Du Wei, the president of Volunteers of Rainbow’s Bridge Peace Union, said he has done a lot of activities for public interests, but achieving peace is the greatest work, and the youth have an important role. 

 

Their determination to spread the news of peace even throughout the grasslands of Inner Mongolia will bear fruit through peace education and signature campaign in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

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Citizens of Jakarta, Indonesia, show their earnest yearning for world peace through the walk

JUN 2016

Indonesian Students Take Part in the Peace Walk

Citizens of Jakarta, Indonesia, 

show their earnest yearning for world peace through the walk

 

On 21 May 2016, an event in celebration of the third anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace was held by members of the IPYG and the Indonesian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace. As part of the event, they held a peace walk and signature campaign in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

Including Mosque Youth Association - Indonesian Mosque Council (PRIMA DMI) which was established by the vice president of Indonesia, various youth organizations participated in this day’s event. The participating organizations included Nahdlatul Ulama Students Association (IPNU), Nahdlatul Ulama Female Students Association (IPPNU), Muhammadiyah Student Association (IPM), Indonesia Student Youth Forum (ISYF), Community and Service Collaboration for Welfare (KOMPAK), and Indonesia Youth Forum. They were also joined by many other students in Jakarta.   

Through the event, the participants supported the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and urged that the Declaration be developed into an enforceable law. Also, this day’s commemoration was more meaningful in that it was the very first event organized by the Indonesian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee. 

 

For this day, students began gathering at 6 a.m. They marked the beginning of the event by reading out the Declaration of World Peace. After special performances by three teams, the participants held a peace walk from the headquarters of Ministry of Religious Affairs to the plaza of Hotel Indonesia. Afterward, representatives of the organizations expressed their impressions on participating in the event. Puti Hasniyah, the president of IPPNU, said, “I am glad to be invited to such a meaningful event. As a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, I will support the activities of HWPL.” Ahamd Syamsuddin, the vice president of Nahdlatul Ulama Scholars Association (ISNU), said, “Achieving peace is the responsibility of everyone, and there are youth at the center.”

 

The Indonesian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, the event organizer, said with one voice, “Those who attended today’s event will become witnesses of peace, and we hope they will actively take part in the peace movement,” urging the citizens of Jakarta to join in. Also, the committee will hold peace seminars and carry out a signature campaign to collect more supporting signatures and move Indonesia to work for world peace.

 

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“Legislate Peace” Campaign – Sign Your Support

JUN 2016

Nairobi, Kenya

Peace Blossoms in the Middle of the Streets
The youth of Nairobi begin to step forward toward world peace

 

As next year’s presidential election in Kenya is approaching, protests are taking place every week. In such a strained atmosphere, an exceptional peace event was held in the middle of the streets near Uhuru Park, Nairobi, on 29 May. The event was led by the IPYG affiliate organizations and their leaders, especially Mathias Osimbo, the president of Teachers Without Borders, Fiona Nzingo and Purity Thuo, the president and event organizer of MasterPeace Kenya, and Patrick Munene, the executive director of Leona Foundation.

Due to continuous protests, events can be held only with the permission of the police. At a sensitive time like this, the peace march continued nonetheless, as the participants were strongly determined to “leave peace as a legacy for future generations,” as HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee said.

The event began with an opening address, and they resolved again to work together as messengers of peace while the speeches of HWPL Chairman Lee and IWPG Chairwoman Kim were read out. After three speakers delivered their congratulatory remarks, the Kenya Peace Walk began. The participation of high school students especially enlivened the event, and during the peace walk, cars and people passing by cheered them up.

Fiona Nzingo, the president of MasterPeace Kenya, said, “It was an amazing experience to interact with young people during the walk, who genuinely wanted what's best for the country especially during these tricky conditions our country is facing. The energy they had during the walk was very encouraging. As we walked through the town, people were honking as they drove and encouraging our activities, so I think it was a good sign that we got the peace message across through the walk.”

The following is an interview with Mathias Osimbo, the president of Teachers Without Borders.

Q. What message would you like to forward to your president about the cessation of war and world peace?

A. I want to urge our President and other leaders to embrace Peace in Kenya and support all Peace initiatives and Peace organisations. Kenya is a country that requires conflict resolution through negotiations and by avoiding taking a strong on either side of the political divide.

Q. What can be done to allow many people in Kenya to become part of the peace signing campaign that supports the “Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War”?

A. From the Peace walk and the willingness of many people to support peace, it is evident that the majority of Kenyans are for Peace. It is therefore up to IPYG and TWB to use all means available i.e the media, to sensitize many Kenyans about signing for Peace. From the few who have signed and embraced the idea with little or no questions. They are looking forward to a peaceful world and are ready to support peace initiatives.

Q. How did you feel when you saw people signing for peace?

A. When I saw students, teachers and their parents coming together with the citizens, lining up to sign, I got excited that so many people are tired of war and are ready to embrace Peace. 

Q. There are many peace walks in the world, but what do you think is different about the IPYG peace walk?

A. The IPYG Peace Walk has a clear goal to be achieved and is well organized. It is different since it is done worldwide with the intention of achieving world peace. The walk has been successful in many countries and has achieved a lot.

Q. How is HWPL different from other peace organization?

A. HWPL has embraced all sectors that can help achieve peace in the world. It has incorporated World leaders, Religious leaders, Youth and Women who can influence the majority of those involved in wars. I therefore encourage HWPL to continue with this good work. I am willing to support and work with them to achieve peace in the world.

 

After the Peace Walk, the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will be set up in Nairobi and Nakuru City. The committee will work together to urge Kenya and the international community to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War so that it can be developed into an enforceable law.

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Peace Talk in Russia

MAY 2016

"Peace Talk," a peace conference

where youths around the world become one through “peace”

 


 

"Peace Talk," a youth peace conference, aims to unite peace-loving youths around the world. Though distance separates them, youths around the world give presentations on topics related to peace, share the messages of peace, and discuss solutions for achieving world peace. The Peace Talk began in Nepal in March of this year and was also held in various CIS countries such as Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus and more. More people have been participating in the talk.

 

At the Peace Talk in the CIS region, which took place on April 2nd, Vitali Maximov, the representative of Youth Public Organization Altera in Belarus, stressed that “since peace is not the work of an individual, the United Nations and many peace organizations are cooperating with us." He added, "Since we are living in this era, it is our responsibility to solve the problems of this era that might be passed down to the future generations. We have to respect our own countries and neighboring countries, and also hold events with youths that can change cultures.” He also pledged to support the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war and to urge others to do the same. At the Peace Talk in Sweden last April 9th Professor Johannes Landgren of University Gothenberg, the head of Music Against Violence said, "Some countries are being threatened or hindered in their country’s development by the powerful nations of Permanent Members. In order to solve these serious problems, more peace activities should be conducted all over the world so that the United Nations can fully take part in the peace work." He also added that he would like to support and cooperate with peace works of HWPL and the IPYG.

 

Through the Peace Talk, the youth leaders realized the importance of the youth’s roles in creating a world of peace and resolution to do peace works that will bring about peace not only in their own countries but also all over the world. Hopes are high that more youth organizations will participate in the Peace Talk to spread messages of peace, and youths will achieve world peace soon by uniting all the youths of the world as one.

 

 

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HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee

MAY 2016

After the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed on 14 March 2016, the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace was officially launched. The Committee, comprised of women and youth members of different nationalities, is working around HWPL, IWPG, and IPYG to advocate the preparation of a legally binding instrument inspired by the DPCW, and its implementation by all States. The members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will raise awareness in their respective countries and regions about the need for legally binding provisions that ensure global peace and cessation of war, and invite all citizens to join the work of peace.


Delhi, India
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Delhi Begins the Work of Advocating the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
“If any head of state refuses to support this Declaration, he or she will be remembered as the head of state who hated peace and wanted war. This will be recorded in history, and the leader’s stance will be questioned by future generations.”
                                                                                                                         - HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee

Indian society responded to the peace message of Mr. Lee. Leaders in the fields of law and education, as well as of women and youth groups in India stepped up to support the efforts of HWPL to ensure the cessation of war by international law. Comprised of these leaders, the Indian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was established. Its official launching ceremony was held in Delhi on 2 April, where the members pledged their determination to work for peace.  


The Indian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is composed of the four following members: Mr. Nachiket Anil Dave, lawyer of the Supreme Court of India; Mr. Amit Kumar Singh, lawyer of Lex Delhi Legal Consultants; Ms. Praveen Roy, principal of Samsara the World Academy; and Ms. Bidyut Mohanty, head of Women's Studies Department at the Institute of Social Sciences. These members, who are leaders in different fields of society, will promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) in India and collect supporting signatures so that the Declaration can be acknowledged and adopted by the United Nations. Some of the activities will include promoting through media and social networking services, holding student debating competitions and essay contests on the theme of peace, and providing peace education. Through such activities, the branches of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in India and other parts of the world will gather support for the campaign and collect supporting signatures, which will be submitted to the United Nations asking for the reinforcement of existing international law. About 40 guests from various organizations and fields who attended the launching ceremony in Delhi also signed their support for the DPCW.

 At the beginning of all these actions was the DPCW, which was drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, comprised of 20 international law experts from 16 countries, including India, under the guidance of Chairman Man Hee Lee. Finally on 14 March, the DPCW was proclaimed in South Korea. “HWPL’s Declaration is a historical Declaration that will protect humanity,” Mr. Nachiket Anil Dave, a lawyer who attended the Proclamation Ceremony, said. He stressed that the Declaration is the solution to restore peace in the world, saying “The day of our long-awaited dream to be realized is drawing near with the efforts of HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee.” Also, Mr. Mohd Umair Yunus, an HWPL youth representative from Amity School of Engineering, said at the Proclamation Ceremony, “I will use social media to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and gather a lot of support from the youth.” Ms. Praveen Roy, the principal of Samsara the World Academy, expressed her determination to work for peace and carry out a signing campaign to collect 10,000 supporting signatures. 

They will promote the DPCW to the people of India and gather signatures of support so that the Declaration can quickly develop into a binding law that ensures global peace. 

Find more information on the DPCW and participate in the online signature campaign at www.peacelaw.org. 


Beijing, China
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee Appointment Ceremony Successfully Held in Beijing

 On April 13th, 2016, the branch office of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) in Beijing, China, held the Appointment Ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, and the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. The event, hosted by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and sponsored by Jingsh Law Firm in Beijing, drew 40-plus distinguished guests from diverse sectors including law, press, culture, youth, and corporate. Leaders and experts of various fields discussed practical advocacy strategies for peace and cessation of war as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event consisted of four programs—“Introduction of the IPYG and IWPG, and Introduction of international law,” “Discussion on future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war,” “Appointment ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee,” and “Signing ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.”

The video highlights of the Advocacy Seminar on the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, hosted by HWPL and organized by the IPYG Beijing Branch on March 26th, were shown as the opening video.

Li Mingkun, president of China Expo magazine, remarked in his congratulatory speech, “If war no longer existed and peace reigned in this world, the lives of humanity would become more beautiful.” He continued, “The most incredible thing is that despite his age of over 80 years, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee is notably taking the lead in the movement for world peace and cessation of war.” He added: “We must actively take part in this peace movement and urge everyone around us, including colleagues and family members, to join in this movement so that we can create a better world.” 

Afterwards, there was a discussion on the future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war that lasted over 30 minutes. After the discussion, Jiang Jin, CEO of Beijing Jump Bell Culture Media Co. LTD, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Beijing Office, gave a speech on the topic of “What is our role to effectively urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war?”

CEO Jiang Jin stated, “We must widely publicize the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to the youths around the world and encourage them to participate in this movement.” “Lastly, let us come together to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war.” He added that “it is a great honor to be a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He was appointed as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee along with Wang Yi Lin, matching consultant of Personal Five Elements Clothing Color, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Pei Bin, secretary of World Cheongsam Club Culture Department, was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee. 

Secretary Pei Bin said, “I am delighted to be attending this event, and I have understood the duty of this position as a chairman of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He also said, “We must take the lead in creating peace,” adding that he will do his utmost to fulfill his role as the chairman of the Committee. 

The Appointment Ceremony ignited peace in the hearts of all the participants. The Ceremony was followed by the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.” 

For 2 hours and 30 minutes, the distinguished guests in attendance engaged in a discussion under the topic of “The relations between the international law and me.” Also, they said that all people of the world, including youths, women, and members of the Committee, should have a strong sense of responsibility regarding bringing about peace. The fruits of peace borne through the efforts of the Committee will become an essential component of spreading the culture of peace. 

 

 


Tbilisi, Georgia
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi
Taking the first step toward the successful movement in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, in Georgia
 “ This work of peace is not something that belongs only to a certain individual or certain nation. It is a work in which all who live here in this world must be involved. That is why all family members of this world must be the messengers of peace so that we can all live a better life.” From Chairman of HWPL, Man Hee Lee


On the 18th of March, the 1st Inauguration of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi was held at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. Around 20 youth and women leaders participated and 5 youths were appointed as committee members. It was a good time to learn about the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and the role of the committee. Moreover, all participants discussed how we can effectively create activity in Georgia to support the declaration and the international law. After the event, 3 more youths applied to join the committee. 
The women and youth are an especially active sector in Georgia and they shared their ideas on how they can cooperate with HWPL, IWPG and IPYG. Furthermore, the participants were impressed with Chairman Lee and HWPL’s worldwide peace movement. The collaboration of the remarkable peace movement of HWPL and the valuable ideas the local members made help all to look forward to a peaceful future in Georgia.


Below is the interview with Mede Tamazashvili (President of Democracy and Civil Society Development Youth Association) and Raul Labadze (Project Coordinator of Youth Association Studhub), who were appointed as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Mede Tamazashvili  President of Democracy and Civil Society Development Youth Association 

 

Q. Why did you decide to join in IPYG peace movement and HWPL Advocacy Committee? 

A. We also work on the peace projects supporting peace all around in Georgia. In Georgia, we have two frozen conflicts with Abkhazia and Ossetia since 1991-1992 as they fought to break away from Georgia. Also, as these days Georgia is in ethnically diversity, that’s why peace building in our country and all over the world is critically important. There is no doubt that we need to create a culture of peace and conflict free environment, and this is an area where the youth can involve in. Youth is an important sector in peace and conflict resolution and we should “BE THE CHANGE”. Youth can change the world by changing their attitudes towards people, tradition, religion and belief. This is one of the best ways to develop peace in our country, this movement will help people around the world to stand up for peace. Also, it will help local people to understand that they have the power to find their own solutions to solve conflicts and to build their own better futures. 


Q. As a committee leader, what is your plan and goal in this committee, supporting the declaration and getting the signatures?
A. First of all it is very pleasure for me that I was chosen as a committee leader in Tbilisi. Our aim is to support the declaration and get 10,000 signatures in Georgia. I have to say that it will be difficult and require much effort, but we will do our best to reach our goals. We have a list of schools, where we will have meeting for peace academy and make presentations about what is meaning of this declaration and then we will get signatures. We will also make such presentations in the regions in Georgia. In addition, we are spreading this information to universities, by cooperating with students self-government. Secondly, in Georgia, social networks, as especially Facebook is very popular, we will spread the information via face-book. It is very lucky that all committee members have their own non-governmental organizations, so we will also get signatures from our own NGO members. We have a good plan for getting the signatures and I am sure that we have power, skills and abilities to support peace. Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

| Raul Labadze  Project coordinator of Studhub

 

Q. Why did you decide to join in the IPYG peace movement and HWPL Advocacy Committee? 
A. Peace is crucial for each country and especially for countries which is located in the South Caucasus as it’s one of the most complex regions across the world. I would like to promote peace in my country and highlight the importance of it. Furthermore, I appreciate and absolutely share the values and goals of IPYG. 


Q. As a committee member and publicity ambassador of IPYG, what is your plan and goal in this committee, supporting the declaration and getting the signatures?
A. I am going to organize a small event at Tbilisi 59th Public school in order to introduce IPYG and collect signatures from teachers and students. Besides, I have already shared the online signature link to my community. 

The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi is going to work on three main plans. Firstly, to spread the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, we will hold an IPYG Flash Mob event with students and youths on 25th May, Peace Walk and we will create a Facebook page to effectively promote our peace movement. Secondly, we will host meetings with schools and universities and set up booths, in places where many people pass by and can easily join in. Lastly, not only in Tbilisi, but in other regions as well we are going to create HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee. 


Oslo, Norway
The youth are raising their voice for peace, all over the world including Europe. To that end, Norwegian young people have gathered as well to promote and share their ideas regarding their duty to urge the implementation of the international law to protect them from being sacrificed during wars and to pave the way for a peaceful future.

The first step of this peace movement, ‘The promotion of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’ was held at the National Library of Norway on the 13th of April, 2016. During the event, the peace activities of HWPL, IPYG, and IWPG were introduced and ‘The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’ drew special attention from attendees, who largely expressed positive responses on the spirit and goals of the event itself.

The attendees of the event which included five representatives from peace or youth organizations, are as follows: Frank Tomlinson (Vice-president of Bike for Peace), Abdulkadir Diriye (Director of Grace Center for Peace and Development), Limar Zhiyan (Representative of Fredsduene for Ungdom), Monica Margareta Andrei (President of European Centre for Education and Training), Demostene Olariu (President of International Organization for Democracy and Human Rights Norway). And many youth members also gathered.

During the event, the peace movement of HWPL, IPYG, IWPG and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was introduced. Each representative was also given an opportunity to share their impression of the event as well. Through their brief speech, they agreed that the youth is a very important and powerful resource to achieve peace and their role is to urge heads of states to agree upon the implementation of the international law that protects civil society and promotes a culture of peace. Participants were also eager to know more about the plans regarding the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Norway.

Especially, Frank Tomlinson, Vice-president of Bike for Peace, stated that the purpose of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is noble. He agreed to promote the implementation of the international law with his bike tour projects. Another participant, Limar Zhiyan, Representative of Fredsduene for Ungdom, stated that he is glad to have met IPYG which has the same wish, peace. He indicated his positive view towards the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, and promised to have a next meeting for further discussion.
Regular meetings were planned to be held every two weeks with related participants. The next meeting will be held on, the last week of April, and the participants will discuss how they can co-operate with the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s signing campaign. A Peace Walk will be also held on the 25th of May as one of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s activities in Norway.

IPYG is eagerly looking forward to gathering more Norwegian young lovers of peace to join in the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s activities.

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“Alone we can walk fast, together we can go far”

AUG 2017

Making the future as a playground with no discrimination, racism or any kind of violence

but only with happiness and friendship

 

Global Playground Stockholm is a non-governmental organization in Sweden aiming to promote sustainable development both locally and internationally by working with different countries around the world. It has conducted various projects to engage youth in social issues and empower their voice and rights in Swede community. Below is the interview with Aleh Kliatsko, president of the Global Playground Stockholm.

 

Q1. How did you first become concerned about the issues of the youth and peace?

In 2012, I established the NGO Global Playground Stockholm (GP) and became aware about the issues of environment, sustainability and youth participation in the democratic process of development. I have been working as a project manager at GP since December 2012, where I am responsible for communications, project management, training, event coordination, and funding.

 

Q2. In your opinion, what is the greatest social challenge faced by the youth in your country?

In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges related to youth in Sweden is to engage young people in society's various issues. The young people are the future generation that will eventually become decision makers or community builders. Global Playground’s vision is to create sustainability by combining science, art and creativity. By thinking globally and acting locally, we could achieve long-term sustainable development with more youth participation in this process.

 

Q3. What kind of youth activities have you done with your organization or by yourself? Have there been any changes to the youth related activities which you undertake? If so, what are they?

We run projects in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Spain, Kenya, Turkey and Moldova. We developed and organized more than 50 successful conferences and events for youth interested in sustainability issues. We coordinated three awareness campaigns in Sweden, Kenya and Turkey on different fields of Sustainability and gained significant social media coverage.

 

Q4. Why is peace work needed not only for Sweden but for the world?

Global Playground’s vision is a planet which is a playground for us and our kids. This playground has no racism or any kind of violence or discrimination. It is only happiness, friendship and cooperation for the sake of a green and clean future with fresh air and clean water. The “Playground” allows stakeholders to participate and shape their better future.

 

Q5. How would it be effective to empower the youth and create awareness in Sweden with IPYG?

Sustainable development means a development that links the environment with the social and economic aspects. In order to achieve sustainable development, a change of today's societies is required. By pushing the individual in the right direction, we change and achieve long-term sustainable development and open up for new opportunities and cooperation.

 

Q6. Please share any encouraging words to the peace family of IPYG.

My participation in the forum will focus on receiving information, creating new contacts with different organizations to find potential partners for future projects. Alone we can walk fast, together we can go far.

 

It is motivating to hear the story of Swedish youth and IPYG is glad to find out that our groups share many of the same goals in the pursuit of peace. We are expecting to work together with the Global Playground Stockholm team and achieve our goals together in the near future!

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What makes Malaysian youth shine?

JUN 2017

Interview with living book of peace, the principal of Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru

 

IPYG first met Ms. Lathakanan Haridass, the principal of Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru, when we were preparing for Karnival Aman Johor in March 2017. On the day of the event, Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru's students performed a flash mob to promote harmony among diverse races. Then, on March 28, 2017, IPYG was invited to talk about peace and host a Peace-Making Game at Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru. Through the talk and the game, students had the opportunity to understand how peace is possible when all the sectors of society work together as one. 

On May 19, 2017, IPYG and Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru again cooperated in organizing Youth Leaders Driving the Future Force, an interactive leadership seminar in commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. IPYG and Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru have been inspiration for each other in the work of peace. Such cooperation to build peace in Malaysia would have been difficult without the support of Ms. Lathakanan Haridass.

Below is an interview with Ms. Lathakanan Haridass.


 

Q. What made you interested and motivated you to work for youth/student peace activities? And what is your vision for the future?

It is my intrinsic belief that peace should be felt and realized. My motivation on peace arose few years ago, during my postgraduate studies. We were discussing about multicultural education in different countries and participants were university students/ scholars internationally. All of us share beautiful cultural background. This effort created understanding among us, broadened our knowledge, and reduced prejudice and skepticism among us. The understanding helped us to work along our studies. So, it derives the interest from me to do research among students on understanding multicultural values. When I first told this idea to most of my lecturers it was rejected, most of them afraid that it might lead to political view or racism. However, my husband Kanan Krishnan stood with me and encouraged to move forward and have faith. My objective is simple: just “to understand the problem that stops people from living peacefully in Malaysia and to resolve it”.

My first research received a very average mark, pulling down my pointers as most of the professors are looking for tangible or market value driven products that is worthy to be researched and they felt this was an argumentative and subjective matter. However, my determination had led me; Dr Zainudin Hassan was willing to be my supervisor. Hence, I proceeded my research with his guidance. I published my first write up on “Konvensyen Jiwa Pendidik 2014” and my second paper was published at Term Of Reference (Tor) 3rd Joint International Seminar Religious Education In A Diverse Society: Promoting Civil Religion & Deliberative.

From my research studies I came to understand that students need to have knowledge on different culture and creation of interaction among different culture in a positive and creative way that will lead towards a better understanding; thus society will have unity and peace. Therefore, throughout my lectures and college management I always promote such activities to reduce prejudice among our youth and to cultivate peace.

Vision for future is simple: A diversified society living in love and peace!

 

Q. What is the most memorable peace activity that you have done with your college students? How did it affect the society or the students?

The memorable peace activity was when we took an initiative to create a multicultural flash mob for peace. The effect was certainly positive and it was a huge success. My girls and boys have started to mingle regardless of race and ethnicity. Through singing and dancing, more interaction among them was created. They learned the dance of different culture, understood the culture, performed the dancing together, and enjoyed it! It was beautiful to watch an Indian dancing with a Malay song, a Malay dancing with a Korean song, and a Chinese dancing with an Indian song gracefully. My kids (I prefer to call my students/youths this way) are together now, they are more tolerable among each other and they have learned to respect and live together in peace. As before this they had limited interaction and been carried away by stereotypes about how certain race kids will be. Certainly flash mob had flushed out the negativity.

What kind of activities makes students aware of peace?

I strongly feel activities that invoke student’s inner feelings will leave a great impact towards their understanding and experience. As such, dancing and singing are the best ways that to inculcate kids happiness and joyfulness. Thus, indirectly helping to cultivate love and peace among the kids for a long term basis.

 

Q. What made Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru keep cooperating with the IPYG?

The openness, understanding and shared vision of creating peace had been keeping us to be with IPYG. We felt students should have cultural intelligence or cultural quotient to enable them to attain the capability to work across the culture especially in a globally connected society in the 21st century, thus, helping my kids indirectly to become holistically developed individual in a rapidly progressing competitive society.

 

Q-1. What kind of worries, thoughts, and interests do Malaysian youth have?

  Worries and Thoughts

- Prejudice among Malaysian youth

- Stereotyping among youth

- Increasing of social tension among youth

- Less social interaction

- Less cultural literacy

- Misinterpretation of Culture

   

   Interest

- Love dance and singing

 

Q-2. To resolve such worries, what do you think youth should do?

i) Youth should be more involved in cultural intelligence workshop – however, this is quite less in Malaysia. In the case of existing activities, very less participation are received due to unawareness of the activities and workshop.

ii) Get involved in cultural activities of other ethnicity to understand and learn – on going at the moment by political leaders engagement in cultural activities. Such as, during Muslim fasting month there is always engagement of Non-Muslim to join them for break fasting. This also happens in schools, workplace and NGO’s.

iii) Engage more on NGO’s activities to broaden knowledge and in helping to create a society that attain cultural literacy to live peacefully.

 

Q-3. Accordingly, what do you think the IPYG should do in Malaysia?

i) Create more peace conference, idea sharings and workshops

ii) Spread the peace creatively through singing and dancing for example flash mob – everyone especially youth enjoy this. It helps create a positive impact in a long term basis

iii) Lead importance of cultural intelligence – as some youth and parents feel it is a waste of time; with awareness, creation of cultural understanding could be inculcated and peacefulness can be achieved.

 

Q. Messages to the youth around the world

Every individual is beautiful on their unique way, the culture is beautiful, the religion is beautiful, the teachings and values are beautiful too. When we learn to look only to the beauty of the individual and start loving, peace is attained!


 

We are very glad to meet a person who sincerely cares about peace and for the youth. We further look forward to cooperating with Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru in building the peaceful future for Malaysia. Our next step together will be Global Peace Leadership Program, a peace initiative to spread the culture of peace in Malaysia.

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