Take the Peace Challenge!
Young Peace Advocates Take the Challenge
QUEZON CITY–A network of peace organizations and advocates will take the peace challenge: to actively participate in peace building. On December 3, the Generation Peace Youth Network (Gen Peace) holds the first-ever Generation Peace Conference to discuss the youth’s role in the peace agenda. Under the working theme “Waging Peace in the Philippines,” more than 30 youth peace organizations will discuss the youth’s role in peace, human rights, children in armed conflict and sustainability of the peace initiatives. The Institute of Social Order in Ateneo de Manila University will be the venue for the one-day event.
One of the clearest recommendations in the Waging Peace conference series is youth participation in peace-building. “We believe that the Filipino youth plays a major role in bringing fundamental social changes for our society.
The youth is a potent force that must be incorporated in creating a just and peaceful society,” states Ed Garcia of International Alert and one of the most prominent Filipino peace advocates, during his Waging Peace 2005 speech. “We can usher in a new era of peace building by mainstreaming peace, providing continuity to the peace movement and bringing in new ideas to aid the peace process… currently, the Philippine Government is finishing off a peace pact with the MILF in Mindanao while at the same time waging an all-out war against the NPA. That’s why peace is at the core of the discussion.” said a representative of the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, one of the promoters of Gen Peace.
Gen Peace the brainchild of the 2005 Waging Peace Conference. The Waging Peace Conference is the annual civil society conference on the peace process with representatives from the broad political spectrum. Gen Peace is an effort to converge different peace networks and peace advocates to increase youth awareness and popularize PEACE as a tenet in nation building. The idea is to creating opportunities for the youth to dialogue and participate in contemporary peace issues. Some of the major partners in this event are: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Center for Peace Education (CPE Miriam College), Akbayan Youth, YouthAid, Sulong CARHRIHL, Peacemakers Circle, Anak Teatro, NAPC Youth, PNU UNESCO Club, International Alert and a host of schools and organizations. Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, located at the 2nd floor Hoffner Building, Ateneo de Manila University, is the secretariat of the Generation Peace Youth Network.
For details of the Generation Peace Conference, call Jhecy/Niki at 4266064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org