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.
Report on the Decade for a Culture of Peace: Final Civil Society Report for the UN Decade of Peace (2001-2010)
Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) supported the publication of this Report. The crucial question being: What had the 2001-2010 UN-declared Decade (for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World) accomplish for peace organizations around the world? What were the implications of the policy on peacebuilding initiatives worldwide? Read the rest of this entry
Anagnorisis: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose on Peace is a creative expression of the young generation’s take on peace. It is a collection of essays, short stories, artworks and photographs that present the converging and diverging perspectives of the youth on the notion of peace. While defining peace itself is not addressed in this anthology, it is a melange of individual musings and collective aspirations of the Filipino youth trying to navigate the 21st century coming to grips with the structures of violence and the age-old internal armed conflicts in the country. (excerpt from the book cover)