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Advocacy Forum for the DPCW Marks the Beginning of the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit

OCT 2016

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.

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Legislate Peace Campaign in Nepal

JUL 2016

Nawalparasi, Nepal,
Legislate Peace Campaign in Nepal

Endurance and restless efforts of 22-year-old youth

Legislate Peace Campaign have lasted for about 7 days from the 14th of June to the 24th of June in 9 higher secondary schools in Nawalparasi, Nepal. More than 3,300 students, teachers and principals recognized the necessity of the implementation of international law on cessation of war and signed in support of the DPCW.

Below is an excerpt from the interview with Anup Neupane, the founder of Social Service Action Organization Nepal.

Q. Could you introduce yourself?

A. I am Anup Neupane. I am a resident of Sunwal-3, Nawalparasi, Nepal. I have a father, a mother and, a brother who studies at Grade 9.  I am passionate and strong-willed youth for world peace. I am interested in social works and pleased to meet and work with the IPYG and HWPL for the brighter future.


Q. Could you introduce your organization, SSAO?

A. My organization is Social Service Action Organization Nepal (SSAO Nepal). I am a founder and a chairman of SSAON Nepal. It was established in 2015 aiming to work in children, youth, peace and environment for positive sustainable development. We organized ‘Legislate Peace Campaign’ and collected more than 3300 signatures during a week for supporting the Declaration of peace and cessation of war.

Q. What is your post-action plan for peace activity?

A. First of all, I would like to thank Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL and Chairwoman Kim of IWPG, being an inspiration to all youth throughout the world. I'd like to carry out the mission of urging the public for implementation the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of war. Then, I will promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War in Nepal and will collect over 5000 signatures.

We hope more people could cooperate with SSAO for national, global peace. 
 

 

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Dhaka of Bangladesh supports hand in hand for realization of peace

JUL 2016

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka of Bangladesh supports hand in hand for realization of peace

The leading faces of our future call upon the world to implement the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War in one voice

 

On the 2nd, 3rd, and 10th of May 2016, for three days, four schools of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Shamsul Hoque Khan School & College (SHKSC), Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah College (DMRC), Siddheswari Girl’s High School (SGHS), and BaddaAlatunnessa Higher Secondary School (BAHSC), hosted signing campaigns in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. 
About 9,000 people, including students, teachers, school principals, scholars, and regional politicians, have participated in the signing campaigns with Dhaka branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee at the center, which consists of IPYG's youth representatives and HWPL's publicity ambassadors.

 

Although it rained hard on first day of the event, their genuine shout for peace did not seem to stop in the midst of South Asia's hot and exhausting summer. HWPL’s publicity ambassador MD Zakir Hossain welcomed the participants of the event through his opening address, and Brahmanda Pratap Barua Ripon, a member of Dhaka branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, recited a letter from Chairman Lee of HWPL, written for the family of peace in the world, in Bangla. All the students and participants solemnly listened to Chairman Lee's suggestions concerning the realization of world peace through implementing the international law on peace and cessation of war and deeply perceived the necessity of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

Furthermore, Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah, the head of Dakha branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Peace Committee and the principal of SHKSC, suggested that all participants be the witness of HWPL's peace activities and become the messengers of peace just like Chairman Lee had previously stated. Following Dr. Mollah’s lead, all the participants shouted, "we want peace! we love peace!" Everyone’s heart was filled with hope of realizing of peace.

These signing campaigns were broadcasted twice through Zahidul Islam, HWPL’s publicity ambassador and an executive producer of state-run media Bangladesh TV(BTV) and also through a number of other regional press. Broadcasting of the event brought an opportunity to bring people’s attention to HWPL's peace activities and to the realizing peace through the means of international law on cessation of war. 

Dhaka branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is having meetings with government officials in the related field and legal experts to promote the DPCW and is planning on having continuous Legislate Peace Campaigns in universities of Bangladesh including Dhaka University, one of the top universities in Bangladesh.  

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The Peace March in Ethiopia

JUL 2016

Ethiopia, Hawassa

The Peace March in Ethiopia

The peace march program for supporting world peace at southern Ethiopia capital of Hawassa


June 29th, 2016, the grand scale of peace march program, a program to support HWPL and IPYG’s peace work and to receive signatures for Declaration of World Peace and Cessation of War, was held in Hawassa, the central city of Southern Ethiopia.

This event, which consisted of around 5,000 Ethiopian participants, was significant because different group of people such as political, religious, youth, and in other fields, who want peace in Hawassa had taken part in it.
We were able to show how many people in Hawassa desire for peace and their love toward humanity through this event.
Following is an interview with the president of Gato Development Association of ETHIOPIA, AlemayehuMenta who planned and made this event cooperative with regional organizations.

Q. What can be done to make people participate, so that many people can take part in the peace event in Ethiopia?

A. We definitely can make many people participate in the peace events in Ethiopia. I could organize public sporting events and have many newsletters published to address the aims of the peace events as better ways for many people to take part in the events of peace in Ethiopia. We also used local media like radio, TV program as the tools to promote the peace events widely and to motivate people in Ethiopia.
Working together with governmental organization, NGOs, religious institutions, and community leaders, we encouraged many people to participate in the events of peace in Ethiopia.

Q. what do you think is the driving force of activity for peace in Ethiopia?

A. I think the driving force of activity for peace in Ethiopia are the capacity building training for different people on peace, awareness creation training on conflict prevention, and the mediation for many young groups in different region of Ethiopia. And, better ways of reinforcing peace activities could also include cultural festival fashion show program and peace walk campaign program. 

Q. What are the activities you want to do with IPYG in the future?

A. I want to work with IPYG especially through the activities listed below: peace seminars, cultural community services, peace walk campaigns, experiences sharing programs among different regions, and organizing capacity building trainings on peace. 

Q. Do you have any messages to give to other IPYG members all around world?  

A. My message for all members of IPYG all around the world is that, I believe, peace is the foundation of life on earth. If you imagine the world without peace, the lives of peace cannot exist. Therefore, young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be the key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on the margins of societies, all of us will be impoverished. Let us answer that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their society. Our cumulative change is the way to fee the future generation from war in the world.

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Peace Walk Takes Place Simultaneously in Three Places

JUN 2016

Davao, Philippines

Peace Walk Takes Place Simultaneously in Three Places

Youth and women together call for peace at universities and in the streets

 

On 2 June, the Peace Walk was held in the Philippines. It was to commemorate the third anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace, which was proclaimed by Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, a global peace organization. The 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk took place on 25 May in Seoul, South Korea, and then in 52 countries including the US and Germany. In the Philippines, the event was held in three places, by the Madrasah in Davao City, Tarlac State University, and Maguindanao Women for Peace and Development Organization.

At Tarlac State University, about 500 students participated in the Peace Walk, led by Rita Pulmano, who was appointed as head of the Philippines branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, and Leslie Orencia, the dean of the College of Law. Tarlac State University emphasized that without peace, students’ dreams and future cannot be guaranteed and that supporting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) is truly a work for achieving peace.

Also in Maguindanao, Maguindanao Women for Peace and Development Organization led the Peace Walk along with about 1,000 citizens of Buluan. Members of Maguindanao Women for Peace and Development Organization are actively working as the Philippines branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, which was launched on 15 April. One hall inside their women’s center was assigned as the Peace Advocacy Hall, and the members are working to let the community know the importance of peace. Bai Jennah Lumawan, the president, delivered the signatures in support of DPCW that the organization has collected, which showed their active participation in this advocacy movement.

About 300 students of the Madrasah in Davao City took part in the Peace Walk as well. Aleem Sulaiman Piang, the chief secretary of the Madrasah program, said, “HWPL and Madrasah in Davao City are pursuing a common goal—peace. We will continue to cooperate with HWPL in the peace work.” He also explained that the Madrasah in Davao City will do its part as an HWPL Peace Academy and educate students so that they can grow up into peace lovers. 

Since the DPCW was proclaimed in March, youth and women around the world have been working as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and are carrying out signature campaigns in support of the DPCW, said one official of HWPL. In just three months, thousands of supporting signatures have gathered, and the advocacy movement is expected to gain momentum. There is much attention towards the peace movement led by HWPL.

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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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