MOVE for Democracy: Local Learning Session / GenPeace Human Rights Playschool activity was successfully held as part of Mission and Outreach program held at two of the most remote barangays of Bakun, Benguet on November 29 to December 1, 2018. The event was organized mainly by Bakun Catholic Youth Organization with the support of GenPeace-CAR and other organizations.
During the program, GenPeace-CAR members Larson Molitas and Hector Kawig was part of the team that conducted information drive and games for the villagers while going through the events in the said program. Locals were given informal lecture (as best fit among the IPs of CAR) of their basic human rights and indigenous people right as well and were able to experience the GenPeace Human Rights Playschool game. For the children, they were given a short discussion on children’s right and some game-related activities.
The barangays Lamew and Kayapa in Bakun were chosen as recipients as they have the most difficult road and trail access. They are located at the boundary of Benguet and Ilocos Sur. To get there from Baguio City, a private car must travel for five hours to Alilem, Ilocos Sur. Once the concrete road turns rough, there will be another two hours travel by car in order to get to Sugpon. From Sugpon, the team must hike for four hours to get to Barangay Lamew. To get to the second venue in Kayapa, the team must go back to Sugpon and take a four hour rugged road drive and an hour hike. All activities were accomplished in a two-day scheduled program in two barangays in four days.
Our Road Towards Peace: A forum on the Bangsamoro Organic Law and the Peace Process with lectures from Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph on the Bangsamoro Organic Law and Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on Peace Processes and Peaceful Democratic Transitions.
The lecture-forum was organized by Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) #KatipunanCluster members in partnership with the Center for Peace Education – Miriam College (CPE), Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) and Ateneo de Manila University – Office for Social Concern and Involvement (ADMU-OSCI) as part of #GenPeace national campaign #MOVEForDemocracy.
#MYPeace Boses ng Kabataan in partnership with #GenPeace conducted a school tour which focused on Community Education on Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping, Human Rights and Democracy, and RA 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law held at Aleosan National High School last October 5, 2018. An estimate of 200 Senior High School students attended the event. This activity is part of GenPeace #EDHR #MOVEforDemocracy project.
With 200 senior highschool students of Dualing High School, #MYPEACE Boses ng Kabataan in partnership with #GenPeace conducted a learning session on #HumanRights #Democracy and #BangsamoroOrganicLaw last October 12 at Dualing High Schol, Brgy. Dualing, Aleosan, North Cotabato as part of #EDHR #MOVEforDemocracy project of GenPeace.
Senior High School students and Mountaineering Club members of the Mindanao State University-Marawi conducted the #GenPeace Human Rights Playschool at the MSU-Golfcourse as part of the #EDHR #MOVEForDemocracy.
#MYPEACEBosesNgKabataan in partnership with Generation Peace Youth Network conducted a Learning Session on the Bangsamoro Organic Law as part of the #EDHR #MOVEForDemocracy. The activity was attended by MyPeace SCC Chapter, Peace Education students, and the Bangsamoro Core group of SCC held at the VIP Lounge of the Southern Christian College, Midsayap, North Cotabato.
Young Advocates of Peace and Development Network, Inc. in partnership with Generation Peace Youth Network through the #EDHR #MOVEForDemocracy project held a Learning Session on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) last September 15, Saturday, with Engr. Muhajiri Ali, member of the Secretariat of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel. It was held at Calda Pizza, Alnor Complex, Cotabato City and attended by twenty-four college students from different colleges including Cotabato City State Polytechnic College. #GenPeace #YAPDN
A forum on Understanding the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and Preventing Violent Extremism was held last September 15, Saturday, at Mahad Mindanao Al Markazhie, Pikit, North Cotabato, led by United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. in partnership with Generation Peace Youth Network as part of the #EDHR #MOVEForDemocracy project. Attended by Mahad Mindanao students, faculty and staff, social welfare committee, including participants from the business sector, professionals, and Tarbiyah Ligawasan Province. #GenPeace #UNYPAD
People’s Alternative Studies Center for Research and Education in Social Development Inc. #PASCRES in partnership with #GenPeace facilitated a learning session as part of the #EDHR #MOVEForDemocracy project with women and youth, held last September 23 at the Commission on Human Rights.
PASAKK in partnership with GENERATION PEACE YOUTH NETWORK conducted MOVE FOR DEMOCRACY Learning Sessions on Human Rights attended by Students from Agusan del Sur State College of Science and Technology (ASSCAT), SK officials and KPAKK IP YOUTH Leaders different communities held at PASAKK YOUTH TRAINING CENTER last September 30, 2018
#PASCRES facilitated a learning session with the group YOUTHS’ core leaders focusing on democracy and human rights held last August 22 at the Commission on Human Rights, Quezon City. This activity is in partnership with Generation Peace Youth Network as part of the #EDHR #MOVEForDemocracy.
SSG officers, classroom presidents and club presidents of Bunawan National High School participated in a school tour last August 31 facilitated by #PASAKK Inc. in partnership with Generation Peace Youth Network as part of #EDHR #MOVEForDemocracy held at Bunawan National High School, Agusan del Sur.
Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) launched its Education for Democracy and Human Rights (EDHR) Program in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy last May 8, 2018 in a back-to-back training in Richmonde Ortigas Hotel.
Education for Democracy and Human Rights is a platform to gather youth leaders to develop and equip them with skills and knowledge on democracy and human rights. The program brings together seasoned human rights and democracy defenders from partner organizations, academic institutions and youth leaders to discuss and tackle emerging issues and realities facing the country through the training workshops and learning from various advocacy eﬀorts.
Participated by GenPeace members and partners from PASAKK, UNYPAD, YAPDN, PASCRES, CPE-MC, MYPEACE, Alliance of Muslim Youth Student, Communities First, SLB, AMDF Youth Volunteers, GenPeace Cordillera, Samar and Nueva Vizcaya and Lanao del Sur.
Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) Statement of Support on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (House Bill 6475 and as Senate Bill 1717) March 5, 2018
Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)
Statement of Support on the Bangsamoro Basic Law
(House Bill 6475 and as Senate Bill 1717)
March 5, 2018
There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Bangsamoro was an idea. It was an idea to resolve social injustices against Moros. It was an idea to stop the atrocities and armed conflict, to spare life and limb and livelihoods. It was an idea for the Bangsamoro children and youth to have better options and better lives.
The people of Mindanao – Moros, Christians, and Lumads – had suffered more than five decades of armed conflict. But now, we have a golden opportunity to end the historic violence against the children of Mindanao. We have the chance at building just and lasting peace, impartial to creed, color and identity.
The Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace), a nationwide network of young peace advocates, believes that these can be addressed by implementing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) through the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
GenPeace, together with the youth in Bangsamoro, believes that the passage of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, filed as House Bill 6475 and as Senate Bill 1717, will bring peace to the Bangsamoro people and aids in the resolution of the age-old armed conflict in Mindanao. This will institutionalize the politically-negotiated settlement between the Government of the Philippines Peace Negotiating Panel (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The BTC BBL will bring development and boost economic growth noting that the Bangsamoro has forty years to catch in terms of development. This will create opportunities for the youth to cultivate a just and peaceful society through education and participation in governance.
GenPeace supports the passage of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Bangsamoro Basic Law and its provisions particularly:
- Provisions on youth participation in governance and increasing representation of youth in decision-making at all levels.
- Provisions on promoting and ensuring that the rights of the youth are respected and protected in a democratic society.
- Provisions on creating an enabling environment that promotes lasting peace and contributing to justice and reconciliation.
- Provisions on strengthening support to educational institutions that positively contribute to the youth’s formation and institutionalizes a mechanism that promotes a culture of peace.
- Provisions on rehabilitation and development that addresses the need of the youth affected by armed conflict.
- Provisions on the recognition and protection of the rights of the indigenous peoples.
- Provisions on recognition and protection of the rights of women and the importance of women’s participation in decision-making.
Investing in the youth is investing in the future. It is an investment towards a diverse Philippine Republic, an investment to a more equitable sharing of power and resources, an investment towards democracy and rule of law. The peace we build is not for our generation now, nor the current Bangsamoro liberation leadership from both MILF and MNLF. The Bangsamoro future belongs to its children—Moros, Lumads, Christians, seculars, and all the youth.
Thank you. Salaam, Kapayapaan!
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Provisions on youth participation in governance and increasing representation of youth in decision-making at all levels
Article VI Section 5. Council of Leaders.
- The Bangsamoro Council of Leaders shall consist of the Chief Minister, provincial governors, mayors of chartered cities, and representatives from traditional leaders, non-Moro indigenous communities, women, settler communities, ulama, youth, Bangsamoro communities outside of the Bangsamoro territory, and other sectors.
Article VII Section 6. Classification and Allocation of Seats.
- The seats in the Bangsamoro Parliament shall be classified and allocated as follows:(3) Reserved Seats; Sectoral
- Sectoral representatives, constituting ten percent (10%) of the Members of Parliament, including two (2) reserved seats each for non-Moro indigenous people and settler Women, youth, traditional leaders, and the ulama shall also have one reserved seat each.
Article VII Section 14. Qualifications.
- The Youth representative shall not be less than eighteen (18) years and not more than forty (40) years of age at the time of his/her election.
Article IX Section 12. Rights of the Youth.
- Recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.
Create the Commission on Youth Affairs and shall define its powers, functions, and composition.
Provisions on promoting and ensuring that the rights of the youth are respected and protected in a democratic society.
Article V Section 4. Other Exclusive Powers.
- Adopt measures for the protection of the youth in the Bangsamoro and the promotion of their welfare, and to create the appropriate office and other mechanisms for the implementation of such measures;
Article VI Section 10. Assistance to Other Bangsamoro Communities.
- Ensure the protection of the rights of the Bangsamoro people residing outside the territory of the Bangsamoro and undertake programs for the rehabilitation and development of their communities.
Article IX Section 6. Human Rights.
- Guarantees full respect for human rights.All laws and policies, including customary laws, shall conform to international human rights and humanitarian standards. The rights under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and otherinternational human rights instruments shall be guaranteed by the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government.
Article IX Section 14. Rights of Children.
- Respect, protect, and promote the rights of children, especially orphans of tender age. They shall be protected from exploitation, abuse, or discrimination. Their education and development, both physical and mental, shall be fully addressed.
Provisions on creating an enabling environment that promotes lasting peace and contributing to justice and reconciliation.
Article IX Section 3. Transitional Justice.
- Create a transitional justice mechanism to address the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, including the indigenous peoples, such as historical injustices, human rights violations, marginalization through unjust dispossession of their territorial and proprietary rights and customary land tenure.
- The report of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) shall be taken into consideration in the creation of said mechanism.
Provisions on strengthening support to educational institutions that positively contribute to the youth’s formation and institutionalizes a mechanism that promotes a culture of peace.
Article IX Section 16. Integrated System of Quality Education.
- Establish, maintain, and support, as a top priority, a complete and integrated system of quality education and adopt an educational framework that is relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people and the unity of all Filipinos.
- Institutionalize peace education in all levels of education.
Article IX Section 18. Madaris Education, Islamic and Arabic Studies.
- Establish and maintain madaris education within the Bangsamoro.
- Integrate in its elementary and high school education curriculum the teaching of Islamic and Arabic studies for Muslim pupils and students in public schools.
- Enact legislation for the strengthening and development of madaris educational system in the Bangsamoro.
Provisions on rehabilitation and development that addresses the need of the youth affected by armed conflict.
Article XIV Section 1. Rehabilitation and Development.
- Intensify development efforts for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development of the Bangsamoro as part of the normalization
- Formulate and implement a program for rehabilitation and development that will address the needs of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)/Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Force (BIAF) members and its decommissioned women auxiliary force, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)/Bangsamoro Armed Forces (BAF) members, and address the needs of internally displaced persons, widows and orphans, and poverty-stricken communities.
Article XIV Section 2. Special Development Fund.
- Provide for a Special Development Fund to the Bangsamoro for the rehabilitation and development of its conflict-affected communities.
Provisions on the recognition and protection of the rights of the indigenous peoples.
Article VII Section 7. Election for Reserved Seats for Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples.
- Reserved seats for the non-Moro indigenous peoples, such as, but not limited to, Teduray, Lambangian, Dulangan Manobo, B’laan and Higaonon, shall be pursuant to their customary laws and indigenous processes.
Article IX Section 4. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights.
- Recognizes the rights of the indigenous peoples, and shall adopt measures for the promotion and protection of their rights, the right to their native titles and/or fusakainged, indigenous customs and traditions, justice systems and indigenous political structures, the right to an equitable share in revenues from the utilization of resources in their ancestral lands, the right to free and prior informed consent, the right to political participation in the Bangsamoro Government including reserved seats for the non-Moro indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro Parliament, the right to basic services, and the right to freedom of choice as to their identity consistent with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and subsisting laws on indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro.
Article IX Section 19. Tribal University System.
- Create a tribal university system within the Bangsamoro to address the higher educational needs of the non-Moro indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro.
- Pass a law recognizing and supporting the indigenous peoples’ educational system to be integrated in the educational system in the Bangsamoro.
Article XIII Section 12. Rights of Indigenous Peoples Over Natural Resources.
- Recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro in relation to natural resources within the territories covered by a native title, including their share in revenues, as provided in this Basic Law, and preferential rights in the exploration, development and utilization of such natural resources within their area. The right of indigenous peoples to free and prior informed consent in relation to development initiatives shall be respected.
Provisions on recognition and protection of the rights of women and the importance of women’s participation in decision-making at all levels.
Article IX Section 11. Participation of Women in the Bangsamoro Government.
- Enact a law that gives recognition to the important role of women in nation-building and regional development, and ensures representation of women in other decision-making and policy-determining bodies of the Bangsamoro Government.
- Create the Bangsamoro Women Commission
Article IX Section 13. Protection of Women.
- Uphold and protect the fundamental rights of women including the right to engage in lawful employment and to be protected from exploitation, abuse, or discrimination, as embodied in the Convention onthe Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Article XIII Section 6. Gender and Development.
- Recognizes the role of women in governance and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men. It shall guarantee full and direct participation of women in governance and in the development process and shall, further, ensure that women benefit equally in the implementation of development programs and projects.
- Appropriation of at least five percent (5%) of the total budget of each ministry, office, and constituent local government unit of the Bangsamoro shall be set aside for gender-responsive programs, in accordance with a gender and development (GAD) plan.
Generation Peace Youth Network
c/o the National Secretariat – GZO Peace Institute
2/F Hoffner Building, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Conference on Youth, Peace and Security and the Bangsamoro
Organized by Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)
In partnership with Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute (GZOPI)
June 12 and 13, 2015, Millenia Suites, Ortigas, Pasig City
We – 30 students and youth leaders, gathered in Goldland Millenia Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, from 12th to 13th of June 2015 for the Conference on Youth, Peace and Security, and the Bangsamoro believe that we are in a critical point in the road to achieving just and sustainable peace in Mindanao. We see the issues and challenges in the peace process as an opportunity for us to be proactive in our role to contribute to peace building in our country.
We reaffirm our support for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the immediate passage of a CAB-based Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). We commit to continue our engagement in a youth-led advocacy to promote collective action in raising awareness of the importance of our role in the peace process. We believe that there should be expanded and safe democratic spaces for the youth to participate in effective peaceful transformations by investing on education, health, and economy.
As essential partners for peace, we will work towards a meaningful participation of the youth in the peace process. We hope that the voice of the youth will be included in peace and security issues, as we move forward for a lasting peace in our society. ###
by Raniel Ponteras
Quezon City–Peace advocates from all walks of life all over the Philippines gathered to keep the dream of lasting peace alive in the 22nd National Conference of Kilos Kapayapaan and Waging Peace (GPPAC) Philippines centering on the theme Beyond the Talking Tables – Re-Imagine! Build an Inclusive Peace! The two-day event, held at ISO Conference Rooms 5 & 6, Ateneo de Manila University, on December 6-7, spearheaded by Kilos Para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan and the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute was attended by participants from Sulong Carhrihl, Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, Mindanao Peaceweavers, Indigenous Peoples groups, We Act 1325, and Generation Peace Youth Network.
Proposals and approaches toward the achievement of a comprehensive Bangsamoro framework, fresh approach to the NDF dialogues, and the linking of different groups for a larger peace network were discussed on the first day. MILF Peace Panel member, Abdullah Camlian was the first resource speaker on the second day, as he discussed the MILF’s position and future prospects on the ongoing Bangsamoro project. Afterwards, newly appointed GPH Peace Panel Chairperson Miriam Coronel – Ferrer discussed updates and answered questions on the Bangsamoro issue. The afternoon saw Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Teresita Quintos – Deles and GPH panel member Jurgette Honculada grace the stage for some news on the ongoing talks with the NDF.#
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21 SEPTEMBER
Nikki Delfin, Secretariat Coordinator, email@example.com
Youth celebrate Peace and remember Martial Law Day
Groups call for a just and sustainable peace nationwide
Quezon City, Philippines– Youth groups hold simultaneous peace initiatives nationwide on September 21. The date is infamously known as the declaration of PD 1081 or the Declaration of Martial Law but some commemorate it differently. September 21 is also the International Day of Peace, which is signed unanimously by the UN General Assembly.
“The youth can be apathetic but also active agents of social change and its time to bridge the gap. Many are unaware of the armed conflict and the International Day of Peace which is a day of peace, ceasefire and nonviolence,” said Mirma Mae Tica, the national spokesperson of GenPeace.
Armed conflict persist in the Philippines and remain an important issue. Consider the following:
– The Philippines experience the most protracted armed conflict and most protracted peace negotiations in this part of the world.
– The country’s armed conflicts continues after over 40 years
– In 2008 the country held the world record for most internally-displaced persons at 600,000. That year there were more internal war refugees in the Philippines than in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.
– This year, the world is attempting the largest reduction of armed violence on September 21. Throughout the world, groups are calling governments and armed groups for a day of truce from armed violence.
– The government is pursuing peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and a framework peace agreement is expected within the Aquino administration
– The National Democratic Front peace negotiations are stalled due to issues such as Safety and Immunity Guarantees for rebel leaders.
“We remember Martial Law, and the human rights and humanitarian abuses during the Marcos administration. Our theme ‘just and sustainable peace for our future’ is our way to pay it forward. We are making it national and the time for peace is now.” Tica said.
In Quezon City, Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) leads students and youth organizations, women, indigenous peoples, local government and religious groups in peace rituals and an advocacy fair. Simultaneous peace day events also take place in Butuan, Surigao City, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Zamboanga, and Catarman. Activites range from candlelit vigil, art competitions, ceasefire petitions, a photo exhibit, a feeding program, peace rituals and forums. The youth organization also partners with local governments for localized peace resolutions and ordinances.
GenPeace is a national youth network that supports the peace negotiations through peace advocacy, education and empowerment programs. We supercharge youth organizations to become active for peaceful social change. Learn more about what we do at http://genpeace.tk/
We are part of local, national and global networks on peacebuilding: United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Global Youth Movement for an Alliance of Civilizations, Youth Solidarity Fund Winner — UN Alliance of Civilizations, Mindanao Solidarity Network, Waging Peace Philippines, Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan, GPPAC-SEA.
September 2012, Philippines–GenPeace spearheads localized celebrations of the International Day of Peace in the Philippines. Youth leaders and organizations take the lead in raising awareness on the country’s armed conflict, and challenging this generation to support peacebuilding initiatives. In a country with two 40-year old forgotten armed conflicts, the youth can be a potent force in bridging the peace gaps.
With the theme, “Just and Sustainable Peace for Our Future: Support the Peace Processes!”, GenPeace through its member-organizations, school partners, friends and communities, prepared numerous initiatives for the peace month of September.
September 21, apart from being the commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law 40 years ago, is also the UN-declared International Day of Peace, Ceasefire and Non-violence. The youth network aims to: 1) educate the public on the Peace Day, the issues and root causes of armed conflict in the Philippines; 2) promote participation and contribution from the young generation; 3) campaign for a 24-hour unilateral declaration of ceasefires, and; 4) gather broader support for the peace processes in the country.
GenPeace and its partner organizations have lined-up a month-long set of activities for September. Some of the plans are:
1. Simultaneous Peace Day Celebrations can provide the space for raising awareness that there is a global day of peace, ceasefire and non-violence. During this day, we join the rest of the world in aspiring for peace but also, concretely working towards that goal through education, communications and media, networking, policy advocacy, dialogues, and projects with conflict-affected localities.
- Cagayan Valley Region
- Quezon City
- Davao City
- Samar and Leyte
2. Ceasefire Campaign. We are asking the government and NDF and MILF to unilaterally declare ceasefires on 21 September. We are also part of global peace day ceasefire call.
3. LGU Engagement: Peace Day Resolutions/Ordinances
We are asking local governments to pass resolutions and/or ordinances supporting peace day and the peace day ceasefire, and to fully support the peace talks. We believe that localized declarations of support increases the chances for convergence at the local level–supporting the conflict-affected communities and the grassroots–where peacebuilding matters most.
We’re raising Php 200,000 for the nationwide activities of the youth network. Buy our cakes, 100% of proceeds will be for the month-long peace advocacy and education activities.
5. Campus Tours: Peace Forums. This will be the education campaign of GenPeace for the Peace Month and beyond. The forums target students from different universities and seek to update the youth on the peace talks, raise understanding of the conflict issues in the country, the primacy of the peace talks, and challenge the youth to become peace advocates.
We join the world in calling for a Global Day of Truce through localized unilateral ceasefire declarations of the government through its Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the National Democratic Front. Ceasefires are often construed as pacifist and a counter-insurgency measure, but we want to institutionalize the Peace Day Ceasefire nationwide and throughout the world. A day of ceasefire can give the people a day of respite from all the violence and take time to reflect on peace. Everyone can be nourished by a day of ceasefire as the longer struggle towards a just and sustainable peace continues thereafter.
Generation Peace Youth Network launches its GenPeace MOVE for Democracy campaign in 12 areas nationwide.
A national community-led campaign that aims to engage and educate young people on their rights and role to participate in building democracy. Launched last August 29, GenPeace members will lead the actions in 12 areas in the Philippines.
Sharing the last leg of the 4-session 4-month intensive GenPeace Education on Democracy and Human Rights with Democracy and Accountability with Atty. Erin Tañada on the prospects and challenges of Charter Change, Government Watch Philippines (G-Watch) Convenor-Director Ms. Joy Aceron on a 5-hour deepening workshop on Campaigning for Accountability and GenPeace member Rechie Tugawin on building an advocacy and campaign workshop.
Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation (17-20 May 2017)
Photo from UN Women – Bangkok, Thailand
As part of the Progress Study for UNSCR 2250, a regional consultation was held at the United Nations Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand with 40 participants from different Asia-Pacific countries. Generation Peace represented the Philippines in the consultation along with Mark Vincent Lim of National Union of Students Philippines and Mohd Nizam Apna Aggah of a community-based child protection network in Zamboanga.
The program of the four-day event was divided into three parts: Day 1 & 2 on the regional consultation and Day 3 on exchanges with the youth and partners. The last day (Day 4) was a Negotiation and Mediation Training as a Conflict Resolution Instrument facilitated by Tim Masselink of Cligendael Academy. Generation Peace shared its past experiences in peacebuilding and the network’s recommendations and concerns from the previous workshops and general assemblies. It was mentioned on the first day that the four main objectives of the regional consultation was to identify gaps, challenges, priorities, innovations, and recommendations for a more inclusive space for the youth in peacebuilding. A report from UNFPA will soon be released and will be shared to the network.
Day 1 & 2 focused on identifying issues pertaining to youth, peace and security; the challenges and issues each country and communities faces. It was an opportunity to discuss the involvement of the youth in conflict prevention and resolution. While local issues are being discussed it simultaneously developed recommendations for the Progress Study and the different levels (local, national, and regional), partners, and agencies. The recommendations were segregated through five thematic groups — support for youth organisations, mechanisms for the implementation of UNSCR 2250, political inclusion, education (particularly peace education), social media and freedom of speech.
The participants along with regional partners discussed the recommendations on the third day along with how the group can move forward and collaborate to engage the youth in peacebuilding, promote and develop existing projects and initiatives. It was also an opportunity to build relationships and expand the network. A Facebook Live event was created to engage with other peacebuilders who were present online on that day with the theme “Imagine: Youth at the Core of Peace & Security”. It focused on a discussion with the youth and regional and national partners. The panelists were Hanny Cueva-Beteta (UN Women), Hardya “Dipa” Pranadipa (Search for Common Ground”, Kum Ju Ho (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent), Simon Finley (UNDP), and Talia Hagerty (Institute for Economics and Peace).
The consultation was a timely activity to raise awareness, utilize UNSCR 2250 in the different countries, and identify the next steps in the local, national, and regional level. It was a chance to strategize together as a region to forward and bring the spotlight to the youth, to recognize their role in peacebuilding and strengthen partnerships with the different agencies, institutions, and organizations involved. As a network, we aim to start a youth-led consultation on the National Action Plan 2250 and capacitate the network together with the members and partner communities to strengthen existing work on Youth, Peace & Security in the Philippines.
The four-day event was a partnership between the following agencies: UNFPA, UNV, UNDP, the Peacebuilding Support Office, UN WOMEN, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, UN ESCAP, UN HABITAT, UN ESCAP, ILO AND IOM.