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Signature-collecting Event for the DPCW: Hand-in-Hand in Tunisia

JAN 2017

University Organisation of Human Development and Handhala For Humanity are working closely with the IPYG to promote peace in Tunisia. The two organizations attended the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which was held on 14 March 2016, and the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, which was hosted by HWPL in September of that same year. Inspired by HWPL Chairman Lee who is actively working to achieve peace, they planned the “Hand-in-Hand” event in hopes of encouraging peace in Tunisia.

On 17 December 2016, Scout Tunise and about 300 citizens of Tunis gathered on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, which is the central thoroughfare of Tunis, Tunisia. The purpose of the gathering was to promote the importance of the DPCW by spreading a culture of peace, embodied in Article 10 of the Declaration, and to participate in a signing campaign in support of the DPCW. The participants also had a special time to create the national flag of Tunisia with their handprints, which united them and encouraged them to participate more actively in future peace activities. 

Mr. Oussama Jeljeli, the head of University Organisation of Human Development, said it was a meaningful event in which the citizens of Tunis could think about peace and the DPCW while participating in the signing campaign and making the handprint flag.

He also stated that the DPCW is essential to world peace, and that peace initiatives should be launched based on in-depth discussions of the ten articles of the Declaration.

Handhala For Humanity emphasized that it is important to hold various events that will allow the citizens of Tunisia to think about true peace, and promised to continue working with HWPL, the IPYG, and the IWPG on peace initiatives.

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Peace Gimbap for Syrian Refugees

DEC 2016

IPYG and Canadian University Students in Alberta Hold Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees

 

 On 6 December 2016, 8 students from the University of Alberta and MacEwan University gathered on the campus of the University of Alberta and held a fundraiser for Syrian refugees. The students planned to personally cook and sell a type of food that is familiar to Koreans but expensive for youths living in other countries, and deliver the profits to Syrian refugees.

 Although there are differing views on refugee issues in Canada, there are also many organizations that warmly welcome refugees and help them settle in with less difficulty. This year-end and Christmas charity event was suggested by Canadian youths, who learned about the philosophy of HWPL and the IPYG at a DPCW Forum that was held in Canada last month. On the day of the event, students sold personally-made gimbap, and earnestly engaged in the gimbap-making event for Syrian refugees.

All university students buying gimbap were asked to write a message of peace to Syrian refugees. For youths who participated in the event, it was a good opportunity to rethink about the importance of peace and cessation of war through the IPYG’s sincere work. Also, the participants expressed their gratitude for being able to take part in this meaningful event, which allowed them to feel how much interest Canadian youths have toward Syrian refugees.

 The event ended smoothly, and the profits made from selling gimbap as well as messages of peace are to be delivered to MHBC, an organization that helps Syrian refugees, through a professor of the University of Alberta. As the year 2016 is coming to an end, the IPYG looks forward to seeing the hope of peace, which began to bloom in the hearts of Canadian youths, bloom in other parts of Canada, Syria, and the whole world in 2017.

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DPCW is Introduced to University Students in Paris, France

DEC 2016

1st DPCW Seminar in France

 

 On 30 November 2016 in Paris, France, a seminar was held with 17 law students of CEP Luxembourg to introduce and discuss the DPCW. CEP Luxembourg is an organization where Catholic students majoring in law are gathered to exchange knowledge and cultures.

 During this 1st DPCW Seminar held in France, the IPYG and HWPL were introduced, and the participants watched a video explaining each article of the DPCW. Afterwards, the participants actively discussed their thoughts on the Declaration.

After the seminar, a law student named Robin gave an interview about world peace and the current state of the world. He said, “The advocacy for the DPCW is for a good cause, and in France, I think it would be a good start to make contact with people at different levels of society.” He also stated that IPYG should start by making contacts with workers, intellectuals, youth, women, and others in France, and it is important to first approach those who are against the use of force and weapons. The 1st DPCW Seminar held in France awakened the French youth to the role youth have and the importance of becoming one for peace.

 In the year 2017, the IPYG will continue to hold DPCW seminars to discuss the Declaration with law students in France and work with the French youth in advocacy efforts.

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Conference to Foster Peace Leaders in Indonesia

DEC 2016

Peace Seminar for Continuous Work of Peace

 

 After attending the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, Mr. Zainul Fuad, a Dean of Islamic State University (UIN) North Sumatra, returned to his home country with the hope of holding a peace seminar in Medan City so that Indonesian students could also get a chance to participate in a seminar like the WARP Summit. As he had hoped, on 9 December, a peace seminar was held at the auditorium of the university. For Indonesian student representatives, it was a valuable opportunity to prepare themselves to hold peace seminars in the future.

 The peace seminar was attended by student representatives and faculties from 20 universities in Medan City, members of the Chinese Indonesian Association (INTI), the president and Dean, Mr. Zainul Fuad, of UIN North Sumatra, and leaders representing Buddhism and Islam. This seminar introduced peace initiatives of HWPL and the IPYG, and it stressed the important role youth have in establishing peace and the need to implement the DPCW.

The student representatives in attendance showed their determination to actively participate in advocacy efforts in support of the DPCW. After the seminar, Peace Seminar and Education Program was held, in which participants could experience war second-hand and exchange opinions on how to better support and promote the Declaration. The students who took part in the program said it was a special time to better understand why peace is needed from the second-hand experience of war.

 The Indonesian students who joined the seminar decided to create Group Talking Program and hold regular meetings to share what they have felt from working with HWPL and the IPYG. They also decided to carry out online activities such as making and posting peace-related cartoons or news articles to raise the youth’s awareness on the need for peace.

The IPYG looks forward to more active peace work happening in Medan City, Indonesia, in the coming year of 2017.

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Russian Med Students Discuss What They Can Do for World Peace

DEC 2016

Impact of Medicine on Mankind and Peace Work

 

 On 1 December, a special conference was hosted by Basili Nikulenkov, an IPYG Publicity Ambassador in Russia. About 40 students from Siberian Federal University and Krasnoyarsk State Medical University and Basili Nikulenkov gathered at Krasnoyarsk State Medical University, and IPYG youth volunteers in South Korea also joined the conference online.

 The participants discussed the role of youth in building peace and resolving global issues. The discussion was kicked off by a Dean of Krasnoyarsk State Medical University, who spoke about the intersection of medical education and international cooperation, and expressed her appreciation for a conference dealing with peace, a global issue, held in the medical community. She also stressed how important it is for medical students to engage in voluntary and humanitarian works.

The Dean’s remarks were followed by a teleconference between university students in Russia and IPYG members in Seoul, South Korea. The main theme of the conference was “The Impact of Medicine on Mankind and Peace Work.” Students gave speeches on the responsibilities that young medical students have in the international community and how global issues can be resolved through medicine.

The Russian students pointed that medical care is urgently needed for victims of wars and disasters around the world, who are suffering from diseases and malnutrition, but Russian volunteers have been too occupied with their local issues to pay attention to peace and other global matters. 

After that, Korean IPYG members introduced Chairman Lee of HWPL, who, after fighting in the Korean War, has dedicated his entire life to peace. The Russian university students were inspired when they heard about Mr. Lee working to carry the message of peace to heads of state, civil societies, youth, women, the media, and religious leaders around the world, and inspiring growth in peace activities of Korean youth.

The Russian university students in attendance showed great interest in the achievement that Mr. Lee made in Mindanao, Philippines. They highly recognized the fact that Mr. Lee mediated the signing of the Mindanao Peace Agreement in an effort to cease the 40-year conflict in Mindanao. They also watched video footage from the 2015 Oxford Model United Nations Conference and learned that chief justices, heads of bar associations, ministers of justice and foreign affairs in various countries took part in drafting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

 The Russian youth were impressed to learn that the IPYG’s volunteer work is not confined to just one country, but extends to the whole world. Inspired by seeing people in various fields including women, youth, international law experts, religious leaders, and journalists all working together for a common goal, the Russian youth expressed their willingness to cooperate with the IPYG. As a result, the university students in Krasnoyarsk are set to co-host more online conferences with the IPYG. The conference turned out to be a meaningful occasion where the Russian youth could feel the hope of peace growing in their hearts.

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The Role of the Youth Discussed for Practical Peace in Cape Town

NOV 2016

Gathering to discuss promoting and developing the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to Southern Africa as a follow up event to 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit

 On the 31st of October, a peace event to acknowledge the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit was held at the Cape Town City Hall. The 2nd Annual event attendees from South Africa gathered once more at the peace event held in Cape Town where the methods to urge the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were discussed.

 During the Cape Town event, HWPL South African Branch showed the highlights video of the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit and shared the ongoing Footsteps of Peace.

The leaders of both youth and women organizations who participated in this event had a chance to reflect on peace through the video, as well as though the peace messages given by the speakers. Through these the participants were moved to dwell on how important it is to gather their minds as one for the cause of peace.

Speaking at the event, Kotokeni Tomas Shimbindja, the President of Namibia Youth Development Organization, said that “Young people need to be educated, young people need to be told of the importance of peace and why they should maintain a peaceful world. They also need to know why the DPCW is very important for one and why it should be implemented within the United Nations for example.”

Along with Kotokeni Tomas Shimbindja, many other renowned guests such as the Principal of Arcadia High School, the Secretary General of South African Student’s Union, and the Youth Peer Educator Coordinator for Africa Unite and Founder of Youth Empowerment Action participated in this event as well.

 As a result, IPYG South African Branch (and IWPG) decided to focusing on planting thoughts of peace into people’s minds so that they could advocate for peace, starting with their immediate community through various events—peace cultural evenings, peace tournaments and by promoting peace continuously. IPYG and IWPG South African Branch are working in various ways to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and peace work.

SA branch youths are actively working on promoting DPCW through peace events and activities, such as the Peace Walk and the “Legislate Peace” Campaign for gathering signatures of supports for the Implementation of the International Law.

IPYG, being an international youth organization with the goal of achieving peace, is working towards gathering the youth around the world under peace and to share the love and life granted from heaven. As mentioned above, it is working to cease all wars and bring peace. IPYG believes that the youth are the future, and it is up to them to sustain the legacy of peace.

For more information about IPYG, please visit http://ipyg.org/

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1st HWPL Peace Education Class at Samsara the World Academy in India

OCT 2016

On 29 August, Samsara the World Academy in India, which signed a MOU with HWPL for Peace Education, offered the very first class to 35 students in eighth grade. On the topic of “Safety and Peace—Are We Safe?” the class focused on various forms of violence that people can easily experience in their daily lives. It was a time for students to realize how much they are exposed to violence and the fact that they can also become an aggressor of violence. 

During the class, students experienced factors that disrupt peace in real life through a role play. Understanding that the reality is not peaceful, the students came to have yearning for peace. After the class was over, all the students and teachers filled out evaluations assessing the class; 85.2 percent of them responded, “I learned how important my role is in achieving peace,” and 61.7 percent responded, “It was an opportunity to rethink about peace.” Also, Abhinav sharma said, “What surprised me the most was the fact that violence can exist even in classrooms. I realized that we must protect peace starting in school.” Jagjeet Kaur, HWPL Peace Academy Manager of Samsara the World Academy, stated, “The contrast between Hitler and Gandhi showed what makes a big difference in our lives,” noting that the lesson customized for Indian students had positive effects. 

Jagjeet Kaur (HWPL Peace Academy Manager of Samsara the World Academy) responded, “I hope such class will be offered at more schools, and through continuing peace education, students and teachers will take the lead in achieving peace not only in schools but also throughout the world.” 

HWPL plans to recruit more schools through pilot operation of peace education in order to guarantee a peaceful future for the youth and leave a legacy of peace to future generations. The HWPL Peace Academy in India is expected to participate more actively in the education.  

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We learn Peace in Peace Zone in Uganda!

JUL 2016

We learn Peace in Peace Zone in Uganda!
Teaching the 10 articles of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and Making Peace Zone in Uganda

 

There has been a rise in peace movements through Uganda's Action to Save Children and Their Rights(ASCAR), a peace organization in Uganda. ASCR's representative, Hamuza Kasozi held a signing campaign for supporting the DPCW and educated students on the 10 articles of the DPCW from the 22nd of May, 2016. Additionally, they have set up and been operating peace zone for students.
The students, who are the future of Uganda where peace is desperately needed, are learning the 10 articles of the DPCW. Mr. Hamuza Kasozi, who personally educated the students, said "students participated in the education with great interest, and they all wanted to sign in support of the Declaration after the education. Students now are filled with high expectations that peace will indeed come true. The education has strongly motivated the students on peace and made them seek for what they can do in order to achieve peace."

Also, Kasozi held another signing campaign during a local athletic event and it has been a great success. The local residents who participated in the event are making several contacts to ask when events like this will happen again.

A noticeable part that needs more attention is the peace zone that had been organized for students. Following is what Hamuza Kasozi said about the meaning of the peace zone and what he expects from the project.
“Peace zone will be a place where we will have seminars for peace in order to educate people about the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. People who long for peace will gather there. We are mapping out the possibilities of various activities so that this place will be a crucial place for peace in Africa. Students will learn about peace gradually by cooperating through activities such as board game tournaments. As a matter of fact, it is not easy to gather people and have them listen to the news on peace. We are developing strategies to have many people come. This will be the headquarter for peace in Uganda."
We hope and anticipate that peace zone will be widely spread and set up in different nations of the world starting from the passion and devotion for peace in Uganda.

 

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IPYG PEACE Workshop in Egypt

JUL 2016

Run Together with the youth in Egypt for peace
IPYG PEACE Workshop in Egypt

SOHAG, Egypt - On July 16th to 17th, news of peace spread from Egypt, Northern part of Africa. 6 leaders of NGOs, 32 volunteers, and the international Peace Youth Group(IPYG) had the IPYG Peace Workshop to achieve peace in the Youth Leader Center in Sohag, which lies on the west bank of the Nile.
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW) proclaimed on March 14th, 2016 was shared and the reason why international law needs to be established is discussed on the first day. Every person signed to support the advocacy of it. The following day, peace movements of HWPL were explained and 6 leaders of NGOs promised to work together with it for peace. On this day, the host of TharwatSalama of Horus Foundation for Development and training said “For me, I was very happy because I could achieve something wonderful and support world peace. Participants said they were willing to support the peace and the international law for cessation of war. All the participants thought that how can they spread the culture of peace and support the Declaration of World peace and cessation of war. After the presentation, they united their mind for world peace and they want to work with HWPL & IPYG.”
This event in Egypt, a transcontinental country spanning the Middle East and North Africa, will spread the wave of peace not only through nearby 6 countries but also other ones in the Middle East.
IPYG, under HWPL, is currently cooperating with 706 youth organizations in 103 states to make the world peaceful against wars and conflicts. Its prime activities are Peace Walks, Peace Academies, and Legislate Peace Campaigns, which are being operated in 167 nations and will also in Northern part of Africa and the Middle East.

 

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Conveying Peace Through a Song

JUN 2016

Conveying Peace Through a Song

Students of HWPL Peace Academies take part in the Peace Song Marathon

Students of an HWPL Peace Academy in India are taking part in the Peace Song Marathon. On 13 April 2016, Samsara School first uploaded a video of them singing a peace song. After them, students of Savitri Bai Phule Balika Inter College sang the peace song. This song, sung by the children with hopes of peace, is awakening many people around the world to the importance of peace.

What is especially notable is that these students are supporting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, which was proclaimed on 14 March. Moreover, they are waiting for supporting signatures from presidents. In the Peace Song video of Samsara School, there is a scene where the school president signs her support. Students of HWPL Peace Academies are taking the lead in advocating the realization of true peace. This work is in accordance with the message of HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee, “Peace cannot be achieved by a single individual, company, or country, but achieved by efforts of all family members of the global community.” Samsara school and Savitri Bai Phule Balika Inter College will continue to implement the HWPL Peace Education, and the peace song will spread throughout India, reaching more schools. 

 

Click on the link below to watch the Peace Song video of Samsara School, which was designated as an HWPL Peace Academy.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=32Et_4s2WO0

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