Sunday, April 7, 2024

[IPYG] IPYG's Signing Cremony with YEPW in Cambodia



[IPYG] IPYG's Signing Cremony with YEPW in Cambodia

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article regarding IPYG's (International Peace Youth Group, the youth affiliate of HWPL) signing ceremony with YEPW in Cambodia :)

IPYG Partnership Signing Ceremony with YEPW in Cambodia

The International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) held the Youth Engagement & Peacebuilding Working Group (YEPW) in Cambodia for three days from January 27th to 29th. On January 27th , the ‘2024 IPYG Cambodia Partnership Signing Ceremony and Networking Event’ was held at the Asian Euro University, and on January 28th and 29th, the Youth Empowerment Peace Class (YEPC) and the regular meeting for youth union peace activities in Cambodia were held at the office of the Khmer Youth Association, respectively.

▲ Appearance of the ‘2024 IPYG Cambodia Partnership Signing Ceremony and Networking Event’

The Khmer Youth Association, which co-hosted and organized the meeting of YEPW, has been engaged in discussions with IPYG for peace and continuous cooperation since they participated in the YEPC in 2021. During the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit, which was held in Korea last year, the Khmer Youth Association pledged to actively promote youth union peace activities using global networking for Cambodian youth with IPYG, and in January this year, the YEPW activities were carried out based on the promised cooperation.

Later, to start youth union peace activities in Cambodia in earnest, IPYG and the Khmer Youth Association recruited organizations to work together. As a result, on the 27th, the first day of the event, 8 NGOs and 1 educational institution from the sections of youth, education, human rights, and women joined IPYG, signed a partnership, and pledged to continuously cooperate with it.

▲ Students attending the ‘2024 IPYG Cambodia Partnership Signing Ceremony and Networking Event’

Dr. Sophea Sous, Vice Chancellor of Asia Euro University, said in his congratulatory speech, “The head and management of the Khmer Youth Association, representatives of related organizations, and IPYG officials of Korea worked together and hosted this event here. It is a great honor to see the event here for Asia Euro University’s management, staff, professors, and students. The Khmer Youth Association and Korea’s IPYG are actively discussing and dedicating themselves to raising awareness of society and young people and to helping young people to follow domestic and international trends as potential successful ones.” He added that he hopes Euro University students learn more through the activities of the organization.

Monirath Prak, representative of the Khmer Youth Association, gave a presentation titled ‘(peace activity) Cooperation Cases of IPYG and the Importance of Youth Union.’ He said, “I attended the 9th anniversary of the HWPL World Peace Summit held in Korea last year. I was able to learn good examples of other NGOs and their networks for building peace.” He also said, emphasizing the importance of cooperation, “In particular, I think that Cambodian youth and IPYG should cooperate so that the voices of Cambodian youth can be reflected to foster a peaceful mindset. Therefore, I believe that the Khmer Youth Association will not only cooperate with IPYG but also participate in networks with other NGOs.”

During the remaining two days of the event, Yeng Sopheng, program manager of the Khmer Youth Association, gave the NGOs a lecture about the YEPC, and a discussion on collaborative activities with IPYG was made. Participants in the discussion suggested ways to revitalize the YEPC by using social media. They also gave the idea of reorganizing youth and peace education tailored to the Cambodian locale and providing it online so that 2,000 members of the organization can freely take it anywhere.

▲ Students presenting at the ‘YEPC <The Power of Youth> Education and Activity Plan Idea Discussion’, The regular meeting for youth union peace activities in Cambodia

▲ Peace photo exhibition and participating students at the ‘2024 IPYG Cambodia Partnership Signing Ceremony and Networking Event’

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