Quezon City–The Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) recently concluded its 3rd National General Assembly with the theme “Successor Generation: Re-imagine the Work for Peace.” The assembly was held at the Ateneo de Manila University from February 23-25 and identified the network’s thematic priorities for 2012-2013.
Aside from discussing the network’s priorities, the gathering also discussed strategies to strengthen the network’s member organizations and expansion plans. Apart from the main mandate of the network in supporting political negotiations between the Government and the CPP NPA NDF and the Government and MILF, it also explores its role in promoting a culture of peace in the country. The assembly also elected its new set of officers for the national board (2012-2013).
Topics during the assembly range from updates on the peace processes, mediation and negotiation as essential peacebuilding skills, to envisioning peace. Prof. Ed Garcia of International Alert noted that “The Philippine peace negotiations are the world’s most protracted negotiations” with very limited milestones and as such require re-imagination from the part of youth peace advocates. ###
GenPeace is a national youth network engaged in a youth-led advocacy towards a just and sustainable peace in the Philippines. It is a coming together of 40+ youth organizations and networks all over the country that support political settlements in resolving armed conflicts.
GenPeace National Assembly: “Consolidating the Youth Peace Agenda, Responding to the Emerging Issues of Peace”
GenPeace will be having its national assembly on 5-6 December 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila University. For possible slots for participants, send us a message via the guestbook of this site. The draft programme for the event is as follows:
December 5: Pre-Conference Newbie Dinner
GenPeace: Who we are? What we do?
December 6: General Assembly
8:30-8:40 Opening Ritual and Interfaith Prayers:
8:40-8:50 Overview of the GA and Introductions:
8:50-9:05 Opening Remarks
9:05-9:35 Reporting on 2009: Peace Issues, Activities, Outputs
10:00-10:45 Workshop: 2010 Projects, Themes, Strategies for GenPeace
10:45-11:30 Presentation of Plans for 2010
11:30-12:30 Group Photo and LUNCH
1:00-1:30 Presentation of Youth Peace Agenda
1:30-2:00 Presentation and Adoption of GenPeace Organizational Paper and Organizational Structure: Debbie
2:00-2:45 Election of Officers: Lloyd and Celine
2:45-3:10 Video Presentation: Kwentong Kapayapaan Documentary and Peace Day Music Video
3:30-4:30 Panel Discussion: Moving the Peace Forward: Emerging Issues and the Armed Conflicts
– What are the emerging issues that affect the developments in the peace process?
– How can the youth help move the peace processes forward?
– Considering the changes in the political landscape by 2010 vis-à-vis the peace processes, what strategies are needed?
4:30-5:00 Open Forum
5:00-5:30 Closing Remarks
6:00 Visit of Peace Wall and DINNER at QC Circle