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Key to Peace – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism

JUN 2017

Walk to Peace for the Youth

21 and 23 of May, 2017 the 4th Annual Declaration of World Peace and Cessation of War Peace Walk commenced in Cotabato and Davao, with the topic of prevention of violent extremism.

At this 4th Annual Commemoration for the Declaration of World Peace, about 250-300 people from various affiliations such as religious, indigenous, youth, governmental, and media participated to spread the message of peace.

Cotabato, The Philippines – Cotabato City-Bangsamoro Youth Walk for Peace (unity for peace, preventing violent extremism, key to lasting peace)

This event was hosted by IPYG, Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, and United Youth for Peace and Development and many residents participated. This peace walk was first held in Cotabato and lasted from 6 AM to 9 AM on 21 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the secretary general and the president from the youth association spoke on progressing peace.

Danilo Mocsin of Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, an organization that helped the event to its realization, strongly pushed for this event to show that the residents of Bangsamoro are against violent extremism. He also expressed his joy in that the Philippines was able to spread the message of peace to the world through this peace walk.

Yusoph S. Lumambas, Secretary General of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) said, “What we want is only to help on how we can achieve true peace that was long to achieve by the people. We are grateful to HWPL because we know that it is not the only projects that HWPL is doing in achieving peace.” Other participants also spoke on the youth’s role in establishing peace and thus promised to be the messengers of peace with HWPL.


Davao City, The Philippines – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism

The event was hosted by the IPYG and joined by 11 tribes of Davao, Madrasa Education Institution, Davao Special Force, police, youth, and government institutions. This was the second peace walk, which lasted from 8 AM to 11 AM on 23 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the tribe leaders and youth leaders spoke and delivered the message from Mayor Duterte of Davao.

From the participants of this event, Kyle Bascal of the National Youth Commission shared that peace is being free from wars and anything that induces fear. He suggested that everyone think about the peace that we all want and how to be a person that can stand against conflicts and violence.

In this event, Datu Roel Arthur Ali, Deputy Mayor of Ata Triba delivered a strong message, highlighting the need for everyone to be agents of peace. “Since the beginning while his ancestor is still alive, they already want to achieve peace. Youth needs to work also for peace since our ancestor already does,” said Ali. He plans to continue to carry out the peace mural and street cleaning campaign to promote peace with the youth of Cotabato and Davao region.


It is exciting to see the young adults and the residents become the messengers of peace through the peace event. Through the peace mural and street cleaning campaign, all should realize that peace is not something is afar, but rather close.

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Lets re-gain the lost rights and peace through supporting the DPCW

JUN 2017

The voice of the young adults for peace

In the midst of the ongoing wars in many Arab nations today, University Organizations of Human Development (OU-DH) and the International Peace Youth Group co-hosted the 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk in the hope of bringing back the lost rights and peace to the families of the Arab nations. Oussama Jeljeli, the publicity ambassador of HWPL and President of OU-DH said, "peace will be achieved absolutely, and I believe that the youth must come together to run for this work".

The Peace Walk was held on May 25th, 2017, at Bab el bhar, also called ‘the place of victory’, in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia with the purpose of gaining back peace and justice. More than 150 people and 12 organizations took part in the event, including National Organization for Tunisian Childhood, World Union of Human and Self Development' Technologies, Tunisian Center for Voluntary Work of the province of Tunis and the region, Sectoral Center for Training in Electricity and Maintenance of Biomedical Equipments of Tunisia, Tourathouna (our legacy) Organization, Tunisian Women of Tunisia, General Tunisian Union of Students, Tunisian Scout, Jasmine Foundation, and International Committee of the Red Cross.


For the first order of the event, the leaders of participant groups have shared a time of speech on their thoughts and the necessity in peace. Faten Mtiraoui, the representative of the Regional Committee of the Red Cross in Tunisia enlightened the value of the DPCW and the significance of the young adults in the work of testifying to the peace culture, "We hope that such initiative, to spread peace culture, to be everywhere such as or even better than the International Committee of the Red Cross. But, unfortunately wars still exist, so we ought to protect and support victims of the armed conflicts and to spread the DPCW; we have to continue our humanitarian steps towards achieving the world peace independently and fairly."

After the peace march, there was a time of discussion on what kind of effort to be invested to achieve peace along with what kind of work must take part in. The questions on why we need peace and whether one will participate in the urge of the enactment of international law campaign or not were asked to each other, and furthermore, it was a time of motivation for the youths as they took the opportunity to conceive and exchange their suggestions.

Lastly, the palm prints were branded on Tunisia's flag hoping for the true peace, and the youths voluntarily notified the citizens regarding the Legislate Peace Campaign, and finished the event with a lot more people joining the campaign. 

The participant leaders and members have expressed that such peace work needs to be continued in Tunisia and showed their desire to progressively work with the IPYG for the true world peace to be accomplished. 

Also, they have promised to hold another peace walk event with even more young adults gathered on the 25th of May next year. It was an event that allowed us to be aware that the young adults must become the peace advocates to proclaim peace in the front line, in order to cease all wars occurring in the world and to achieve peace.

Now, we expect the young adults of Tunisia to become one and gather hearts through many more upcoming peace works to bring peace slowly.

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Shouting for Peace in Central Juba

JUN 2017

Wave of Peace Sweeps Over Juba, South Sudan

On May 25th, the day when the whole world shouts for peace, South Sudan also took part in celebrating the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace by hosting a peace walk at the KAPUKI high school located in Juba.

This day was particularly special because the youth, who can be called the stars of this day, gathered from over ten different schools in Juba to commemorate the event. Including local citizens and the general public, about five thousand people celebrated this event together on this day. Comprised of songs, dances, plays, and peace performances prepared by students of each school, the event was a bright festivity. While the event was scheduled to last from 10AM to 12PM, the event was extended to 2PM due to the fervent support of the students and people- with many commenting that they would like to see more events like this being hosted regularly. This particular peace walk commemorating the 4th Anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace was unlike any other peace walk events hosted in South Sudan in the past; which reinforced the mindset behind the DWP by bringing together students from over ten different schools.

Through the DWP from HWPL, the students in attendance were able to recognize the value of peace and the role of young adults in achieving peace, as well as the importance of autonomously making their voices heard in order to achieve peace.

Especially for this day, students from each school voluntarily prepared songs, dances, and plays with the message of peace days leading up to the event. Those in attendance of the event on this day stated it was a time truly overflowing with peace which they were able to enjoy with a joyful heart.

During an interview, a staff member who partook in every step in preparation of the event shared with the crowd about the role and the duty of young adults. His message lit fire in the hearts of the students when he stated, “As the decision-makers who have the power to create a peaceful future, let’s each become a messenger of peace in order to achieve our dream of peace so that we can recount to our descendants about how the nation of South Sudan who was in middle of a war became a nation of peace.”

However the highlight of the event was undoubtedly when the messages of peace from about 500 students and civilians were delivered to the UN refugee camp. The students and civilians who attended the event wrote messages with words of comfort and hope for peace, in effort of communicating hope to people of the refugee camp who have lost their families and homes to war.

When asked the question about how challenging it had been to prepare everything for the event on-site without any support, Immanuel, who hosted this peace walk following the South Sudan Peace Concert in Juba past February answered that he does not desire any compensation. Immanuel also stated that if he were to be given any reward for his efforts and sacrifices, it would be for peace to be achieved. He also shared his determination to not stop here, but to continually work towards peace alongside the IPYG with the WARP Summit scheduled to take place in South Korea in coming September as well as the Peace Concert scheduled for November in South Sudan.

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Peace walk & Peace Harmony Discussion in Bangladesh

JUN 2017

Plant the peace values with HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Bangladesh

The dean of Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College in Bangladesh, Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah, who is also a publicity ambassador for HWPL and the head of the Peace Advocacy Committee, is striving to educate the students about the mindset of peace.

He has already been recognized for his works in many peace movements including the development of the DPCW into an international legally binding law and various IPYG education seminars to teach the students of the culture of peace. This year, as we welcome the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace, he joined the IPYG together with many students in the peace march and peace discussions to promote peace. This event proceeded in two parts: the peace walk and the peace discussion. In order to make this event a meaningful one, the IPYG and Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah began to plan for the event about a month in prior, meeting 5 times to discuss on the peace topic and the event programs. The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee members joined held two preliminary meetings as well.

In the first part of the event, during the peace walk, the teachers at Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College and the members of Digonto, a youth organization, made about 2,000 peace posters, 100 pickets, and 4 banners that represent the students’ desire for peace. In response to their effort, the students marched on to convey the message of peace to the whole world.

Although it was over 35 searing degrees Celsius, 3,000 students from Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College and its 6 other affiliated schools, members from 5 NGOs (Digonto Foundation, AKM Foundation, Bangladesh Manobadhikar Foundation, SHKSC Ex SCOUT FORUM, Bangladesh Teachers Association), and students from Dhaka University and Jogonnath University all gathered for the peace walk with peace as their common goal and to spread the message of peace to their community.

The second part of the event was the peace discussion, in which 300 college students and 100 faculty members joined to discuss about the direction of peace that the students want and practical solutions to achieve peace. Unlike a lecture in which information is simply delivered from one party to another, the event was held more in a free discussion manner in which the students also had their input in educating fellow members about peace.

Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah who oversaw this event expressed his joy in that this event helped many to understand the value of peace in their everyday lives and helped to spread the message of peace all throughout Bangladesh. Furthermore, he shared his determination to work even harder to help the students to understand how important and valuable it is to make peace and maintain it. Ismail Hossain Zabad, the head of Digonto, said that it felt like he was truly walking on a path of peace during the peace march. The reason for success, according to Zabad, was the participation from various social strata and the united action from the students. Leading a Digonto which mainly consists of youth members, Zabad explained that the youth population is influential in maintaining peace and therefore promised to continue to work closely with the IPYG and HWPL.

With the help of Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee members of Bangladesh, these students who are equipped with the mindset of peace will be at the forefront of bringing waves of peace to Bangladesh and they will further strive to work with IPYG to spread the mindset and culture of peace to many more students.

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The call for peace starting in Belmore Park in Sydney, Australia

JUN 2017

The light of peace starting from Australia shining on the entire world

The 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk was hosted by the IPYG on May 28th in Belmore Park in Sydney, Australia. This event was the IPYG’s representative event commemorating the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace in 2013, held by the headquarters of the IPYG in South Korea with branches all over the world. Combined with the desire for peace by the citizens of Australia, people from all social classes gather every year from 2014 for this event.

Australia is a multi-cultural country with people from various origins, religions, cultures, and races live together, and there are conflicts based on racial and religious discrimination. With the purpose of preventing violent extremism, a campaign called “#HIRA Project (Have I Received All?)” was conducted, which reminded people the question of, “Am I being discriminated from the rights I deserve? Or am I discriminating others from the rights they deserve?”

For the awareness of the importance of peace activities, Ruth Shane of New South Wales Buddhist Committee,  Director of Corporate Relations Asuzy Tozo of Sydney Scientology Church, radio host Andrea Nelville of Curie, 100.9FM 2 BACR radio host Marilie, Blacktown Councilor Linda Santos, and other social, religious, and media representatives attending the event. About 60 young adults and citizens walked along Belmore Park with the hope of world peace.

HWPL Publicity Ambassador Marilie Bomediano said, “I believe that we, as global and multicultural citizens, don't really have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. But small actions like IPYG’s Relay Peace Walk can lead to ceasing all wars and collecting millions of signatures for ‘Legislate Peace Campaign’ for the DPCW that will transform this mundane world quickly,” and also said, “The global Peace Walk Relay will bring all global leaders to a strong unity through Chairman Man Hee Lee’s message described in Articles 8 through 10 in the DPCW, as the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War is taken up to the UN Charter.”

Having participated in different kinds of booths such as face painting, writing peace messages, and peace folk dancing, these citizens were curious as to how often this event took place and expressed their interest in attending this event, which was a place of unity that gathered the community as one.

Beyond Sydney and Australia, this event provided the chance for all to share the heart of wanting to fulfill peace all over the world one day sooner, and also promising in the support of IPYG's activities and vision. In addition to this event, Australia has sought to make Australia a peaceful nation by searching for peace solution programs through its Peace Builders Forum, which was held three times. Also, 'I am a Peace Keeper,' a peace education campaign of IPYG, will be carried out in Sydney this upcoming June (or July) for the purpose of implementing the value of peace as well as bringing awareness to the fact that everyone must take the lead in this campaign for peace.

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Commencing forth from Washington DC and Los Angeles (the city of angels), the call for peace is spreading all over America

JUN 2017

Youthful Spirit to Prevent Violent Extremism


On May 20, 2017, the youths of major cities throughout the United States conducted a pre-event [Declaration of World Peace 4-Year Anniversary, Cessation of War Peace Walk]. The theme of this 4-year anniversary event was ‘Talk & Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism.’

In the United States where the headquarters of the UN have been established for peace and security for all families, civil society organizations and young adults are actively promoting DPCW of HWPL in order for the DPCW to be developed into an international legally binding document.

With Washington DC and Los Angeles being the starting points, about 1000 people from seven regions (including San Francisco, Seattle, Alaska, Arizona, Oregon) demonstrated being one in heart for peace in this Declaration of World Peace 4-Year Anniversary event.


In Los Angeles, a scene of earnest aspiration for peace was displayed through participants who chorused in unison, “Help Us Achieve Peace!”, “That’s What We Are Here For! Peace!” Even drivers who passed by honked their horns cheerfully in support, as if they were waiting for this parade of peace.

In order for this wave of peace to spread even farther, Mata advertised this fulfillment for peace event everywhere he could, even uploading it regularly on Facebook. He urged for the active participation of civil society organizations for the development of the DPCW into an international legally binding law. Additionally, Mata even expressed his own passion regarding his own participation.

For citizens to participate easily in peace activities in Westchester Lagoon Park in Anchorage, Alaska, various culture experience booths such as taking photos with Korean and Alaskan Native American dolls, tasting Korean cuisine, face painting, and posting messages of peace on the map of Alaska were held.


Citizens of Alaska participating in peace walk event

At the Red Square in University of Washington, Seattle, an ‘Understanding Extremism’ booth was set up to discuss participants’ beliefs and values, which proved to be an opportunity for participants to understand the kind of actions that result from their beliefs. As a result, participants were able to realize the necessity of transformation of thought through dialogue and communication in order for a respected peaceful future that values coexistence to fulfill.


Citizens participating in the 'Understanding Extremism' booth

Participants gathered in celebration of the 4-year anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace in Washington D.C., the capital city of the United States. The participants carried out this peace walk in front of the Capitol Building and its district with handmade peace signs. Participant T'Chaka Sapp, Constituent Servicer for Ward 8 Washington, DC, Deputy Director, expressed his gratitude for being invited to this event, and heavily emphasized the importance of peace in the community that he is in. As a former gang member, who worked on gang conflict resolution, he felt more connected with the work we are going to do and have done. As a personnel who has had previous experience in this type of work, T'Chaka Sapp stated that he has many expectations regarding this peace work, and is happy to be working together with HWPL and IPYG, who are working to resolve the root cause of war.

The Peace Walks for the 4th Anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace that were hosted in various parts of the United States serve as the evidence that the American society desires to take part in the hopeful waves of peace, as it also yearns to ban wars and armed conflicts that threaten to achievement of world peace and cessation of war, which is the wish of all humanity.

Today in 2017, as the Declaration of World Peace that was proclaimed in 2013 is spreading out to the whole world, many are paying great attention to the American youth in the United States where the UN headquarters is in moving forward to achieve world peace.


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Youth leadership & Peace

MAY 2017

Make Young Way

Saibaan is an organization in Pakistan working for the regional development and equal and sustainable development for all people. The organization recently organized the Youth Leadership & Peace Development Program for the development of peace and strengthening youth’s sovereignty and leadership. The program was held with the understanding that a good mindset and leadership are crucial for the youth, who are the future, to live in a better world.

The program was held for five days with 20 students aged 14 to 17. The program offered five lectures, which were all led by the CEO of Saibaan, Mr. Sahibzada Jawad Alfaizi. After the lectures, the participants had discussions and presentations on what they felt. In particular, the last day’s lecture was “Make Young Way,” which was prepared with the IPYG to illustrate why the youth need to carry out peace activities. The session included explanations on the sovereignty of youth and the sacrifices they make in wars. Those who joined the program hoped for peace even more and they were motivated to actively work for peace. The students who completed the program received graduation certificates and those who prepared the program hope that the youth who participated will grow into great leaders who lead the effort to achieve peace knowing its importance.

 Mr. Alfaizi, who supervised the program, said the students participated with much enthusiasm and that the lectures will continue in the future to help shape the mindset of youth regarding the value of peace. Saibaan will continue to instill the importance of peace to the Pakistan youth through these opportunities. The organization believes that ultimately, these activities of youth will come together to make the world a peaceful place.


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School of India, “The flower of peace has blossomed.”

MAY 2017

The students of India who are putting peace into action, after learning about peace in an IPYG peace lecture

After receiving a very profound peace lecture during the months of April-May, the HWPL peace academy of India spread a culture of peace to the entire region of India.

The starting point of HWPL peace education was this special lecture, and it was an opportunity for students to understand the concept of peace and personally experience the necessity of peace. The events began with a special performance that the students had prepared, followed by a lecture on “Why are the activities of HWPL and the IPYG needed in this fulfillment of peace?” The purpose of this lecture was to inform the students of the severity of war, the meaning of peace, and the need for peace.


Indian Heights School

Peace lectures began on April 11th, starting at Indian Heights School. Ms. Anchal Sharma, the peace education leader who attended this day, touched the hearts of all participants of the event by expressing, “I once again felt the importance of peace in our lives and will participate in many activities with the IPYG. I realize that my role as a peace education leader is very important and I am confident that if I make the effort and work with the IPYG, we can establish a world of peace.”

Kaushalya World School

Following this, special peace lectures were also held at Kaushalya World School on April 17th. The participants of this event praised the fact that the event was carried out in good order, and that many attractions were also provided.

In the closing statement of the event, peace education leading lecturer Ms. Anjali Mittal concluded, “HWPL has become a model of peace by spreading peace work in such a short period of time, and it is truly impressive and deserves to be acknowledged. It is a great honor for Kaushalya World School to become a peace academy, and I am anticipating how it will contribute in fulfilling peace through a constructive way for the remainder of this year.”

Samsara, The World Academy

On April 21, a special peace lecture was also held at Samsara, World Academy. On this day, an 8th grade student who attended the special lecture surprised all of the participants by stating, “I have come to realize that peace should not be only fulfilled physically, but peace should also be fulfilled mentally. We must prohibit all kinds of violence, and we must not allow ourselves to just stand by and watch violence happen, not even trying to stop it. Through this seminar, I was able to realize the true meaning of peace.”

Savitri Bai Phule Balika Inter College

The special peace lecture commenced once again in Savitri Bai Phule Balika Inter College, and this time, a peace walk took place after the lecture. The blistering 40-degree weather did not put a damper on the passion these participants had in regards to peace. After the event, peace education leading lecturer Ms. Neelanjana Chakravorty aspired, “HWPL and the IPYG reminded my students and me of how peace needs to be taught. As a peace education lecturer, I will continue to carry out peace activities.”

Lakshmibai College, University of Delhi

On April 26th, a special peace lecture was held specifically for college students at Lakshmibai College, University of Delhi. The president of Lakshmibai College, Ms. Pratyush Vatsala expressed, “I believe that this kind of peace lecture should be targeted at an audience of college students first. It is needed even more in this era where war, conflicts, and structural violence exist. Thank you for allowing us to think about peace.” The students who attended the event on this day signed up for the IPYG and expressed their intention to cooperate altogether.


Hamdard Public School

On May 3rd, about 500 students participated in the special lecture at Hamdard Public School. President of Hamdard Public School, Mr. Zubair Ahmed Khan sent forth a message of peace by saying, “I am delighted to have a peace lecture held at our school. Because of the sincerity of Chairman Lee, our school has become one with the peace academy of HWPL, and today is the day where we have learned about peace and have become messengers of peace. The youth are the ones who can bring about change and put peace into action, and achieving world peace is our mission for this generation.” The special peace lecture on this day was concluded by various performances and a peace walk, and the hearts of those who prepared this event to express peace drew the focus of many people.

Fortune World School

In the event held at Fortune World School on May 4th, peace education leading lecturer Ms. Mansi Sharma stated, “Through this event, our view has broadened. We have learned that these peace activities should not only be spread within our country (India) and to other specific regions, but it must be spread out to every country. In addition, in order to maintain peace all around the world, we who are living on this earth must work altogether.” This peace lecture has provided an opportunity for the participants to change their perception of peace.


Jaypee Public School (Green)

In the event held on May 6th in Jaypee Public School (Green), a student who participated expressed, “I am so happy and thankful to have participated in this event. I have made the determination to put in all my effort for peace, and have realized that peace is very critical for us, and that through it, we will be able to cease wars. First, through this peace education, I myself have to make the effort to become a person of peace.” In this event, the parents of the students participated as well, creating a very fruitful peace lecture.


Modern School Noida

On May 10th, a peace lecture was held at Modern School of Noida. On this day, about 500 students participated and a special performance also drew the attention of many participants. Diverse performances of songs and dances were prepared, and this was a time where many hearts were touched by the preparation of this peace lecture. President of Modern School Noida, Mr. Neeraj Awasthy, stated, “We have the heart to fulfill peace. Peace is the only path that can spread harmony all over the world.”

There were a total of 9 schools in India that hosted peace lectures, and about 2,065 students and school officials participated. Many schools in India participated in these peace lectures and have become one in heart. These events surprised many people, and as a result, have become the opportunity for many organizations and schools to feel motivated to work together with the IPYG.

All HWPL peace academies are in the process of preparing peace education due to these events, and have expressed their intention to continue cooperating with HWPL peace education and the activities of the IPYG so that the students, the leaders of the future, will become messengers of peace.

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The Wind of Peace in the Philippines: Peace Journalism Seminar

APR 2017

Messengers of Peace: Mission of Journalists

On March 3, 2017, a peace journalism seminar was held with the students of Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila.

The peace journalism seminar was recently conducted to introduce the issue of peace journalism to the students of Broadcast Communications in Polytechnic University, which raised awareness of the fact that the media focuses mainly on war instead of peace. The peace journalism seminar, attended by about 50 students, was a time to wake up to the importance of the role of the press and journalists in achieving peace.

Edna Bernabe who led this seminar talked about the importance of peace and the mission of journalists for peace. She also said that Mr. Man Hee Lee, the chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), was a veteran of the Korean War and that’s why he has walked the path for peace through HWPL. After the lecture, students discussed the topics: war journalism, peace journalism, and the role of journalists.

Edna Bernabe, president of the Polytechnic University, said that students did not have a class in the field of peace journalism, but HWPL Peace Seminar gave them an opportunity to think about peace journalism and the mission of journalists.

Mark Angelo, one of the students, said that it was a time to broaden their horizons about journalism and to realize that the press had a mission to focus more on the possibility of peace and the efforts for peace rather than the outcome of war.

With this event, the Students' Union of Broadcast and Communications in Polytechnic University promised to have continuous cooperation with HWPL. Through subsequent activities, we hope that students of Broadcast and Communications in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines who dream of being a journalist will be messengers of peace and leaders who will lead peace in the future!

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Nepalese students’ shout for peace spreads to the world.

APR 2017

A Peace Rally: To commemorate the proclamation of the DPCW and to deliver the message of peace to society

This peace rally was planned to impress upon Nepalese students the need for peace, not only in Nepal but also around the world, in order to deliver the message of peace to society and have them support the DPCW, the law of peace, by commemorating the day the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed, the 14th of March 2016. The event began with the introduction of IPYG, HWPL and the DPCW. Afterward, select students gave speeches about the reason the DPCW is needed in Nepal and the world. Last but not least, all of the participants had time to put peace into action by shouting slogans altogether and holding a peace parade.

The peace rally concluded smoothly thanks to Dol Raj Pandey, the principal of Srijana Higher Secondary School, who knew the importance and value of peace and has been studying solutions by experiencing it continuously. He was actively involved in the Red Cross campaign to provide psychosocial support for victims of disasters and was educated in conflict management. While he wanted to bring positive change to individuals and society through peace establishment, Mr. Sri Ram Timilsin, chief executive officer of Innovative Orion, told him about HWPL and IPYG, who were actively working in the field of peace work, as well as the DPCW, just in time. Subsequently, the principal asked to hold the event at his school.

The event was co-hosted by Innovative Orion and Srijana Higher Secondary School and began at 3:14 pm, the same time the DPCW was proclaimed last year, lasting for about an hour and a half. About 350 students, principals and teachers actively participated in the peace activities in the auditorium of Srijana in Pokhara.

In this event the need for the convention of peace was emphasized so that peace can be protected and maintained not only in the whole world but also in Nepal, just as a country needs a law to be maintained, also provisions and contents of the DPCW, the convention of peace, was introduced and people had time to think about how to apply it in Nepal. After the event, many students and teachers learned about how the peace activities are being carried out around the world, leading students to want to know more about the international peace law. Until now, students were not fully aware of their rights but they now realized that although it is clearly stated in the Constitution, they are not implemented enough. They expressed a strong desire to participate in various peace movements as members of the global village.

It was the first time to host an event with IPYG and 'Innovative Orion'. Everything was so well prepared and every member of I.O who gave a hand in this event worked with the heart of volunteering. The CEO of 'Innovative Orion', Mr. Sri, said "Currently we are planning various activities with IPYG such as Peace Talk and Peace Club and so on”. He also showed strong aspirations for all the schools in Pokhara to participate with IPYG peace work in the near future. We are expecting to hear and see more fruitful activities with this new passionate youth NGO in Nepal!

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