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Indian students, “Starting with me, I will be an ambassador of peace.”

APR 2017

Indian Heights School participated actively in supporting the DPCW with signatures after IPYG's peace lecture.

Indian Heights School, HWPL Peace Academy held a peace lecture for its students on April 11, 2017. The event was the starting point of HWPL Peace education and an opportunity to understand the concept of peace and realize its necessity. The peace lecture started with a mime and songs that focus on peace. This was followed by the peace lecture about the seriousness of war, the meaning of peace and its necessity, the peace activities of HWPL and IPYG to achieve world peace and why these activies are needed.

About 140 students and 10 teachers attended this event and 17 students performed the opening ceremony. This opening ceremony consisted of an Indian traditional performance and made the event more joyful. Moreover, all of the participants in the event signed to legislate peace gathering their hearts to introduce the DPCW to the UN.

"I reflected upon the importance of peace in our lives and decided to have many activities cooperating with IPYG. I felt it is precious to fulfill my role as a peace education teacher and I can say with confidence that we can make a peaceful world if we try to go for peace with IPYG", says Ms. Anchal Sharma, a peace education teacher. Also, Lakshya and Hooda, students of Indian Heights School, touched the hearts of all attendants by sharing their impressions of the event saying, "I am fortunate to get to know IPYG which is a good organization working to spread peace throughout the world. I am going to deliver the peace message to my friends and society."

India displays superiority in art, culture, expressiveness, and self-directed learning. Also, India has the cultural traits that express one’s thoughts freely and in various ways. This event was a great platform to incorporate these features of India, and more useful programs are expected to develop in India through this event.

After this event held by Indian Heights School, they are preparing HWPL peace education for their school, and they also want to cooperate constantly by implementing peace education and having peace activities with HWPL and IPYG.

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1st Peace Carnival Opens in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

APR 2017

Festival of Harmony in a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural, and Multi-Faith Nation

On March 25, 2017, the 1st Peace Carnival was held at Taman Merdeka in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The carnival was organized by HWPL, Johor Bahru City Council, and the HWPL Advocacy Committee in Johor Bahru (Johor Peace Committee). One of the highlights of the event was a multi-ethnic performance, which created an atmosphere of harmony among different ethnicities. Prior to the event, the HWPL Advocacy Committee (Johor Peace Committee) was established in Johor Bahru. While the members had been holding peace events on a small scale, they organized a multi-ethnic peace carnival in order to introduce HWPL, IPYG, and their peace movement to more citizens.

The youth members’ cooperation with Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru showed their earnest hope for harmony. From the early stage of preparation, they had regular meetings and voluntarily prepared goody bags for the participants and a flash mob performance. Ms. LathaKanan Haridass, who is Centre Manager of Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru, said she could get involved more actively, seeing youths working together and advocating peace voluntarily. The Peace Carnival was attended by more than 650 students and citizens, and was especially graced by the presence of Crown Prince Idris Iskandar of Johor State and Tuan Haji A. Rahim bin Haji Nin, the mayor of Johor Bahru City. The event was concluded with a peace walk joined by all participants.

The Peace Carnival was a good example of cooperation between the city government, royal family, youths, and citizens to promote peace together. When all sectors of society work together as one, their voice will be heard by more people. Peace activities will continue so that people not only in Johor Bahru but the entire Malaysia will call for peace.

Johor Peace Committee and the IPYG will continue to cooperate with youth organizations and universities in peace initiatives and advocacy for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

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Songs of Peace Touch Juba

MAR 2017

IPYG V-Peace Concert

The IPYG V-Peace Concert was held on 25 February at Juba, South Sudan, to put into practice article 10 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, “Spreading a Culture of Peace,” in the form of music that people feel close to. The event was prepared as a culture of peace event for the people of South Sudan to come together to share the values of peace and the pains of war.

To make the concert more than a simple opportunity to enjoy music, the event was held with the theme of “Our Voice Calls Forth Peace.” For people to actively voice their yearning for peace, a booth for people to sign their support for the declaration was established during the concert. The event went on for three hours from one p.m. to four p.m., and the concert consisted of dances, plays, and songs related to peace. In particular, the Peace Maker, a local singer, sang the IPYG’s song of peace titled, “The World of Peace,” conveying the message that we should work not for money but for humanity like the light, rain, and air to make the world a peaceful place.

The IPYG concert served as an opportunity for the South Sudanese youth to realize that the culture of peace they need to spread involves showing how much they love peace and making known the answer to achieve peace.

The staff and performers that prepared the peace concert showed great passion for learning about HWPL, the IPYG, and the declaration. They said that their dream is to make the declaration’s 10 articles and 38 clauses into a song so that everyone would be able to know and support the declaration.

Along with over 300 people that came to the concert, members of Anataban, an organization carrying out various activities to spread the culture of peace in the area, and two local media companies attended the event. After listening to the explanation on the declaration, they also signed their support for the declaration.

When asked what was the most memorable part of the event, most answered that it was finding out about how youth of the world are playing a crucial role in their respective countries for peace through the work of HWPL.

One of the youth attendees, Sunge Emmanuel, said, “At a time when it’s not easy to even mention ‘peace,’ I’m glad to receive the courage to openly speak about peace through the concert as a youth.”

He also expressed his determination saying that, “I want to make my country (South Sudan) a better place just like youth in the world cooperating with the IPYG are doing for their countries.”

Meanwhile, those who prepared the event with the IPYG plan to hold the second V-Peace Concert in November with better performances and programs to make the culture of peace sweep over South Sudan once again.

JubaHub and Emmanuel, who helped with the preparation, have been putting the work of peace as a top priority despite their busy schedules and difficult circumstances. The IPYG believes that their heart, courage and their sincerity for peace will surely bring about positive changes in South Sudan.

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Launching the Peace Sports Club: A Peaceful Future for Ethiopian Children

MAR 2017

IPYG Heroes Peace Sport Campaign

On the 18th of February, there was a debut event for the Peace Sports Club for Ethiopian students from South regional state government in the capital city Hawassa in Ethiopia.

This Sport Club Inauguration Ceremony is part of IPYG Heroes Peace Sport Campaign. IPYG Heroes are a youth volunteer activity which began with the hope that the youth could be the heroes of peace in their regions and countries by creating a peace culture to their communities. The beginning of this activity was will to be led by ‘Gato Development Association’ of youth, as IPYG Heroes, in the sport campaign in Ethiopia. Mr. Alemayehu Menta, the General Manager of Gato Development Association, who was in charge of this activity, also cooperated with IPYG when preparing the ‘Peace Marathon’ in 2016.  

IPYG Peace Sport Club, which was began in Ethiopia, provided Ethiopia children with the opportunity to participate in sport activity and offered them the spirit of peace. Mr. Alemayehu Menta mentioned that this Peace Sport Program can help educate Ethiopia children and students about the necessity of peace and raise sociality by learning how to cooperate with each other. Furthermore, it made them feel that achieving peace in the community is near, not too far away.

In this Inauguration Ceremony, about one hundred parents and citizens of Hawassa attended, and about fifty students signed up to join the Peace Sport Club. Moreover, we promoted IPYG and informed the parents of the necessity of the DPCW to leave peace as a legacy to their children.  

This sport club is not a temporary event, but is going to be held subsequently in Addis Ababa, Omoro, and Hawassa from now on. We strongly expect that this event will be the leading force of peace in Ethiopia.

With the help of Gato Development Association and the IPYG Heroes in Ethiopia, we hope that many more of the youth will join this club so that they can grow as future leaders who will lead towards peace.

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South African Youth Take Action to Achieve Peace

MAR 2017

Cape Town, a Piece of World Peace

On 23 February, the South African branch of the IPYG and Africa Unite hosted a joint event. The purpose of the event was to introduce the values of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and to instill in the youth a sense of responsibility for community safety.

The event was attended by about 70 people, including Mzwakhe Nqavashe, Councillor of the Western Cape; Katie Trippe, an intern at Africa Unite; and Yared Tsegay, Senior Research & Monitoring Specialist of African Monitor. Out of love for peace and youth, the participants discussed ways to promote the sustainable development and peace in South Africa. Also, the DPCW and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations were introduced.

Moreover, the South African branch of the IPYG and Africa Unite are planning to offer activities for cultivating values of coexistence, harmony, sharing, and respect in citizens and to raise the public’s awareness of peace through “DPCW Article 10 Spreading a Culture of Peace” education so that such culture takes root in the community of Cape Town.

During the following dialogue, there was an opinion that if problems are solved in the community, which is the basic unit of society, then sustainable peace is possible. The participants all agreed that peace can be achieved if individuals and organizations make efforts for peace.

South Africa ranked 126th on the Global Peace Index (2016) out of 162 countries, and is one of the regions with many conflicts. If the youth, who account for 46 percent of the population of South Africa, change their perceptions about peace, it will help reducing regional conflicts. 

The IPYG and Africa Unite will continue to cooperate and encourage the youth of Cape Town to actively advocate peace in hopes of ending the culture of violence in Cape Town and creating a piece of global peace.

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Movie Night in Dili

FEB 2017

Crying Out for PEACE In The Center of Timor-Leste 

Timor-Leste (East Timor) is one of the youngest and the first independent country in the 21st century, gaining its independence in 2002. Being a young country, there is not enough infrastructures and because of this the word “movie” is not a common one. One of the participants in the Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, Mr. Adolfo Paulo Hornay, also known as the Director of Youth For Peace (YFP), saw this as an opportunity and suggested an idea called “Movie Night” to share the news of peace through movies.

On January 26, 2017, an IPYG member and a participant in the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, Mr. Arsenio Pereira Da Silva, also known as the Director of the East Timor NGO Forum (under FONGTIL), hosted the “Movie Night in Dili” in the FONGTIL conference room. Hosting it in Dili, the capital city of Timor-Leste, many youth members gathered to watch. It was about the achievement of HWPL. The youth had a time to communicate with each other about peace.

The event started with an introduction of the DPCW which was translated into Tetum by Mr. Arsenio Pereira Da Silva. The first Movie Night's video was about the peace activities that were hosted by HWPL and IPYG. It encouraged the youth and helped them understand the DPCW. This was an opportunity for the youth to receive an actual answer on how to achieve peace. Following was a discussion time where the youth had a chance to talk about how to have a better election culture. It was to help the young nation have a clean and good participation in the election for peace and the development of the country.

After the whole event, IPYG had an interview with the participants and many said this type of peace event would have a great impact in spreading the word of peace and agreed to come together in one voice in supporting HWPL peace activities. It was a meaningful time for them as activities of the youth towards peace election is important.

In this event, a total of 60 members from the youth, media and NGO leaders of Timor-Leste gathered. After the event, TVTL, a national broadcast, televised the interview of Mr. Arsenio Pereira Da Silva and a Radio Station, Lorico, aired the news of peace.

Mr. Arsenio Pereira Da Silva, who hosted the event, said he is planning to meet the minister of justice and give him the plans for the DPCW. Mr. Adolfo Paulo Hornay, who gave this great peace activity plan, is going to continue this event to spread the importance of peace with general movies.

For all the hard work we would like to give our thanks to Mr. Arsenio Pereira Da Silva, Mr. Adolfo Paulo Hornay and Mr. Manuel Simeao.


Below is a part of the interview from Mr. Arsenio Pereira Da Silva.

 

Q. What was the goal for today’s event?

- It was to share and encourage the NGO’s and the youth members in Timor-Leste.

 

Q. Do you think this peace event can be hosted in other places in Timor-Leste?

- Yes, I do. Peace is needed for the people in Timor-Leste. As some may know, Timor-Leste experienced occupation by Indonesia for a long period of time. This event means opportunities for Timor-Leste to create a special culture of peace.

 

Q. Are you ready to fully support HWPL peace activities?

- Of course I am. That is why I am hosting this event today and will continue to support HWPL worldwide peace events, especially in Timor-Leste.

 

Q. How did you feel attending the peace event today?

- I was impressed when the participants were concentrating on the DPCW video. I felt that they wanted to be part of this peace. This was important for me and Timor-Leste because the participants are members of Timorese society. They can continuously encourage the society and awaken the people about peace effectively.

 

- Arsenio Pereira da Silva, FONGTIL, Director

 

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Youths Cycling for Peace

FEB 2017

45-Minute Cycling on the Street with Peace-Loving Nepali Youths

A cycling event was organized to introduce the spirit of peace and the values, vision, and purpose of the IPYG and HWPL to participants as well as Nepali citizens, and to promote the DPCW and muster support. The event gathered the youth to motivate them to move towards peace like the way they cycle, shared the values and vision of the IPYG and HWPL, and engage the participants to promote and advocate the DPCW together. 

The event took place on Saturday, 28 January, from 9:00 to 10:10 (70 minutes total, 45 minutes of cycling). A total of 89 participants, including community leaders and youths, gathered near Hallan Chowk Lakeside in Pokhara with hopes for global peace.

Prior to the event, a course was arranged for cycling, thanks to the cooperation of the social services department of the region. The related officials participated in the cycling event and learned about the peace activities of the IPYG and HWPL. After the event, the officials thanked the IPYG and We Can Group, a Nepali organization that organized the event, for inviting them to such a meaningful event and expressed their willingness to attend similar peace events in the future.

Although many had applied to participate in the cycling event, due to the limited number of bicycles that could be rented, a total of 89 people could participate, including the head of the social security department of Pokhara, a CEO, and journalists for a local daily newspaper. They cycled 45 kilometers for 45 minutes. After the event, the community leaders in different walks of life agreed to work with the host organization to encourage and promote such peace events.

As a member of the IPYG, We Can Group is planning various events based on the DPCW. Through peace essay contests, IPYG peace talk, and school peace clubs, We Can Group will spread the culture of peace of the IPYG and HWPL and draw attention to the key role that the youth play in changing the society and achieving peace. In the long term, the organization plans to foster peace leaders.

The head of We Can Group said he could realize that many youths and citizens are hoping for peace through this event. He also said he is glad to share the vision, goal, and values of the IPYG with them and hopes more people will take part in the future peace programs.

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Peace Art Contest Held in Different Countries

JAN 2017

The International Peace Youth Group have youths working to prevent war and leave peace as an inheritance for future generations. This is done by planting the mindset and importance of peace into other youths and children through educational activities. From the many activities, the peace art contest that received much attention and love from the children around the world will be introduced.

 

The cultural education program for adolescents is an important foundation through which the youths grow in virtue. Through various cultural experience activities, youths develop deep cultural values and principles. Regrettably, many children around the world are not provided with the same opportunity to receive an education, which is due to the restraints in nations with frequent war or nations that do not provide fundamental education. Still, everyone has the right to enjoy peace. Therefore, IPYG planned a peace art event for the youths, who are our future, to instill the importance and the heart of the desire for peace. The IPYG peace art contest was held with the purpose to discover the capability of the future of our world, the children. Let us take a look at this.

 

  • War-Trodden Uganda Draws the Hope of Peace 

2016 December 1 / Uganda / Nwoys Anaka Primary School

In the district of Nwoya, a large-scale event was attended by 1600 people. Uganda has a history of frequent war, so the citizens yearn for peace more than any other nations. That is why ‘death, kidnap, rape, violation of human rights, the restriction of media and expression of innocent citizens from war’ is what the children of Uganda first thought of when asked about peace. However, the innocent Ugandan children momentarily forgot about the dark and painful war through dancing together to the music composed by a Ugandan composer, and they were impressed during the time of signing in support of the DPCW.

 

 

  • The Innocent Hearts of Children That Cannot Be Bought

2017 January 13 / Nepal / Kalika Secondary School, Nepal Kailali District

The principal of Gurukul Academy, Sunita Suri, hosted this event because she believed that drawing pictures is the best method for children, who transcend race, language, gender, and age, to express their creativity. In Nepal, there is a course called CEA (Creativity Expressions and Art) that organizes artistic activities such as drawing. This particular event was special because the peace art contest conveyed the children's views of peace. The students of Nepal illustrated peace as school, children, doves, helping people with disabilities, and coexisting. They expressed peace as a simple yet beautiful world where people help each other. The participants mentioned that when everyone described their drawings, unlike the intention of the artist, it was fun to see how the all drawings were viewed differently.

 

  • Youths of Egypt Hope to Become More Familiar with Peace Than Violence

2016 December 18 / Egypt / Ensan Aid Foundation

 The youths of Egypt gathered under the theme of world peace and coexistence. Youths who participated in this event had a chance to earnestly contemplate about the importance of the cessation of war and world peace. Also, they sincerely felt the need to host this workshop more often to save the youths from war and spread the peace culture all over Egypt. Dr. Mahmoud Abdelwahab Elsaman hosted this event because it was uncommon for the youths in Qena to gather under the theme of peace and coexistence so, he wanted to spread the importance of peace to the youths. Furthermore, endless efforts to provide an opportunity in education will be made so that as the decision makers of the future, the youths will be correctly educated on violence, the importance of peace and contribute in achieving world peace.

 

  • Becoming One in Peace, Thailand’s Peace Art Contest

2017 January 6 / Thailand / Unified Learning Center (ULC) & Kuraburi Learning Center (KLC)

  An IPYG & FED Peace Art Contest was held in Thailand. There were various contests held before but a peace themed art contest was a first. At the start of the contest, the children viewed it as a simple drawing event so they had little expectations. However, the children became more interested as they imagined peace and drew doves, nature, earth, people holding hands and becoming one. A sculpture drawing was held in Thailand and as the pieces were combined it completed a big picture. Just like this, when the people of peace gather it will achieve a world of peace. Saw Mu Doh, the Education Program Assistant Coordinator of Foundation for Education and Development, hopes that cultural activities similar to this will soon deliver peace to the society of Myanmar and Thailand.

A child who participated in the peace drawing said it was fun to see how other people interpreted his drawing. Like this, the image of peace may be different for everyone. One can say that in order to achieve peace there needs to be fights, war, and death. However, peace in the childrens drawings portrayed the actual peace we desire which is not war and death but coexistence and life. Peace is achieved through love and respect, not harm. We were able to relate to the peace we truly desire through the childrens drawings. Furthermore, to achieve peace in the world as the innocent children portrayed, we need to fulfill our duties for peace.

 

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IPYG 2016

DEC 2016

International Peace Youth Group’s Non-stop Work for Peace

 In 2016, the IPYG has worked with about 200 affiliate organizations. Together, they have driven cooperative activities that are categorized into the five areas above. Among them, efforts to advocate the DPCW have been most active. Since the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was created on 15 March, events and seminars have been held to collect signatures in support of the DPCW and provide training for advocacy. 

Next, there is the Peace Walk. It is an event that the IPYG members like the most, and the walk exhibits the youth’s identity well. As previous years, the Peace Walk was held again this year, and over 30,000 young people around the world walked all for one common goal, world peace.

Also, the IPYG has made efforts in the field of education by holding various essay and drawing contests on the topic of peace and by designating Peace Academies. Education professionals and experts have engaged in youth and children’s education projects so that the world’s future leaders receive proper education, contribute to the society, and enjoy a legacy of peace.

 Seeing young people in different parts of the world working with youth groups as well as political and community leaders to host meetings and events, it seems clear that the youth will bring the world much closer to peace. In the year 2017, the IPYG is determined to continue with its innovative peace initiatives and contribute to building a peaceful world.

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Advocacy Forum Held in Palestine; Leaders of 5 Sectors Gathered

NOV 2016

A meeting to discuss actions plans for developing the DPCW into legally binding form

 The DPCW, which was proclaimed with the active support of the distinguished international law experts and civil society, has brought numerous advocacy movements in order to develop the declaration into an international legal foundation for peace throughout the world. The 2nd Annual Commemoration of World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit has triggered global cooperation and Palestine is no exception.

Social representatives including politicians, leaders of civil society, women organizations, and media gathered together to support peace at the advocacy meeting for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) on 31 October at Palestinian Agricultural Relief Building, Al-Ma'ahed in Ramallah, Palestine.

While the world, and especially the Middle Eastern nations, is full of grievances and fury due to the armed violence perpetrated by terrorists, peace is needed the most in Palestine since it has gone through wars for decades. The aim of the advocacy meeting held in Ramallah, the capital of Palestine, was to discuss how the leaders promote and support the declaration effectively, in a way that fits the situation in the country. Large discussions during the meeting encouraged a lot of attendance from the participants.

The speech of Dr. Cho, the Middle East Regional Manager of HWPL about the importance of DPCW to achieve peace in the region, followed by 3 folksongs of peace, started the meeting. While many leaders from each sector presented their opinions about the declaration, Dr. Mutaz M. Qafisheh, the dean of the law department of Hebron University, said, “The declaration is a great initiative and it is indeed the right time to have such a vital instrument added to the already existing international law.”

The highlight of the meeting was deep discussion among Palestinian leaders which drew specified plans. Most importantly, all the leaders recognized that everyone in the forum has to sign the declaration first. The ideas presented were as follows: holding forums in different cities and villages to reach all corners of Palestinians; introducing the declaration through intensive media such as TV and radios; and running educational programs in universities. After the discussion, there was a video message of Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL with the theme of global efforts for peacebuilding. The signature campaign for the declaration ensued as an action of support and all the participants affirmed their firm hearts for peace during the closing.

 After the forum, there were inspirational remarks from the leaders of youth organizations. Mr. Muharram Barghouthi, General Director of the Palestinian Youth Union said, “The most interesting was the variety of the attendance in addition to the rich suggestions and discussion to have cooperative work in order to achieve peace. We will continue in contact with different association and we suggest to hold other forums like this one in different part of Northern and Southern parts."

Ms. Dalia Jadallah, member of the Asayel Dance Group who took part in the meeting with 40 signatures from the youth of the group said, "As young people who still study in universities and schools, the most useful thing we can do is to spread the declaration in universities and Schools through educational and non-educational activities. Also we hope to promote it to other Palestinian folklore dancing groups. If the 2nd meeting will be held, we would be very grateful to participate."

Also Mr. Naseef Muallem, the Director General of the Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy said, "I was happy when I saw all while signing on the charter, all of them were happy, I signed it as well. I think we, the Palestinian should be active in gathering as much as many signatures to reach the one million signatures to be presented the United Nation. Finally, I would like to thank all who have made this event a success." He emphasized that Palestinians themselves need to combine their efforts for this initiative.

 As a beginning of this forum, the DPCW will be spread in grand-scale to all corners of Palestine to get one million signatures by encouraging collaboration between each organization and actualizing the ideas discussed during the forum. Palestine will demonstrate its honor as a nation of peace when every Palestinian including the youth and women know the DPCW and awaken to peace.

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