Advocacy Forum: Youth Raise Their Voice for World Peace!
The WARP Summit 2016 began with the Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War which brought together heads of state, heads of UN-affiliated agencies and organizations, and representatives of civic organizations to discuss effective strategies and practical plans of action. The Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War was held to achieve two objectives. The first was to raise awareness and interest in the DPCW among intergovernmental organizations, governments, and the public. And the second was to urge each sector to support and contribute to the implementation of the DPCW.
During the first part of the forum, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee and IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim delivered keynote speeches. Chairman Lee emphasized, “Leaders must lead their people, and they must take the lead in making a better world. If we do this work, it will be accomplished. But if we refuse to work, it will never be achieved.” Also Ms. Kim said “We must achieve our purpose, the advocacy for this Declaration, to not repeat the atrocities of war for the next generation.”
While the main speakers spoke about the potentiality of the DPCW, the distinguished panels representing CSOs, NGOs, governments, youth and women’s organizations discussed what measures and efforts can be made to develop the DPCW.
Among speakers of the forum, youth representatives also delivered speeches that conveyed important messages. Ms. Ediola Pashollari, Secretary General of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), said in her speech, “We also believe that in order for everyone to contribute to the DPCW, the community must provide the necessary means for educating the young people in practical skills, social and spiritual values. At the same time, to achieve this, young people must also be at the forefront of efforts to promote value towards attaining of peace and justice.”
Mr. Dyego Soares, President of AIESEC Switzerland, stated that "leadership is the fundamental solution, and engaging more youth into this topic and providing space for cross countering understanding can give us the chance to connect all on the same page and unite all the same objectives.”
Moreover, Mr. Ratanak Ou, Generals Campaigns to End Violence Against Women (UNiTE), said, “I want to call on IGO, governments, and other actors to take urgent measures to support young people as actors in preventing and transforming conflict, countering violent extremism and building peace by an alliance of the UN, international organizations, and governments.”
Mr. Richard Francis Apeh, International Secretary General of International Young Catholic Student stated that “each religious leader should keep their moral and respect one another.” Also, he said that we shouldn’t rest in peace, but live in peace.
The Advocacy Forum for the DPCW at the WARP Summit 2016 has its significance as it offered a detailed discussion on plans of peace making through international law based on the DPCW. The next step will be how the participants of this summit, acting as messengers of peace work together for the development of peace for our future.