27.03.2012 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Voices of UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors

© UNESCO - How Youth Drive Change

From 24 to 31 March 2012, 150 young boys and girls from various countries of Asia and the Pacific will participate in the Youth Peace-Building Conference and the Fourth UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador Workshop in Hiroshima and Etajima (Japan). The objective is to reinforce their capacities in the management of conflicts and the construction of peace.

Their turn to tell us what they expect from this event!

Yawee BUTRKRAWEE, Thailand
“I hope to gain networks with other participants upon the development issues and to have a clear-cut direction when I am implementing development project myself. Most important, I hope that best practices and knowledge transfers from experts would clarify me what master degree and what career I will pursue in the future.”

Thanit HERABAT, Thailand
“I wish to create valuable connections and friendships among motivated youth from all around the world. I hope it will help us to make a contribution to our societies and the world as a whole when we return home. From this training, I expect to bridge differences in terms of culture, understanding, knowledge in order to foster sustainable peace in the future. I want to gain knowledge, learn more about teamwork, and learn new things. I also want to be a great responsible citizen of the world.”

Wipavee SILPITAKSAKUL, Thailand
“I would like to visit the ‘Ground Zero’ of Hiroshima as the symbol of war and peace. I hope the conference and training workshop will increase my understanding more about the role of United Nations. I expect to meet the experts who work for UN, and be able to discuss with them; to learn how to put theory into practice and to discuss with peace lovers from other countries around the world who have same interest in peace. I would like it helps me to create connections with other participants so as to facilitate future coordination concerning peace and other global issues. I also expect to get to know and adapt to cultural diversity; to pass on the knowledge gained from the conference to other people who do not have the opportunity to participate in this conference. For me, the most important thing is to be able to implement action plans in my country/community.”

Kim JUNWOO, Republic of Korea
“I expect to share various perspectives, opinions and visions from the youth who came from all different backgrounds and environment. During the workshop session where diplomat teaches the capacity of global leader and conveys passion and hope, I hope to receive all his or her willingness and passion to fulfill my dream.”

Faheem BIN TARIQ, Pakistan
“I expect it will help me to connect with governments in an effective way and to interlink UN agencies in our countries to set up proper functioning youth chapters. I also expect outline of proper procedure to conduct meetings/dialogue with national/international authorities.”

Lim PENG HOOI, Malaysia
“I hope to learn more about the global issues and how we as a youth can contribute in this category. I want to get in touch with more participants from various countries and I believe with the strong relationship it will make the world more peaceful and more beautiful. Youth as one of the important pillars no matter in each particular country or the world should take more initiatives to contribute to the world. I also would like to get involved with more activities from UNESCO and UN, and hope to get involved to contribute. I wish this workshop will let me bringing more youth in my country, Malaysia, to get in touch to the youth from the other part of the world. I expect to get to launch various peace and human security project with various government agencies in Malaysia and let more to understand about the important of the contribution towards the peace. Finally, I hope to set up a team in Malaysia to work for more projects in peace among different culture, different races and different religion.”

Furqan ALFATH, Indonesia
“I hope that in the workshop all participants have to speak and tell about peace, and what they know about peace of the world. Participants will create action plans in their communities, a simple action plan that can be implemented, not a big action plan that will not be implemented. Minimum action plan is they should hear about our topic to their communities.”

Fitra HAYATUN NISA, Indonesia
“By participating in this UNESCO training workshop, I expect to get along and communicate with friends from different countries and share stories about peacemaking or peace campaign efforts that have been or will be done. I also expect these stories to inspire me and my friends who came from the same country with me to unite and make changes together for peace, especially in our home country. Finally, I hope it will be an opportunity to work together to implement the plan with friends from the same country so that we can form a mutually reinforcing work.”

Reynaldo KRISSANCHA AZARYA, Indonesia
“I expect each participant to develop their own activity plan for follow-up, and to make SMART goals for their activity in their community. I also expect consultations with students and experts in the design of peace activities. I would like this event to establish a Youth Peace Ambassador network of university students and high school students as a forum for the exchange of ideas and good practices for effecting social change. In general, I expect cultural learning and understanding about the other participants.”

Muslihudin SHARBINIE, Indonesia
“Peacebuilding over Taiji’s dolphin dispute”

“At the opening session of the 4th UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador Workshop, I will give a presentation to set forth a brief implementation of action plan “initiating constructive dialog: a case study of Taiji crises” proposed at the 3rd UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador Training Workshops held in Penang, Malaysia, from 28 November to 1 December 2011.

This presentation covers a three-month activity upon the workshops. Due to the time limit of the action plan implementation thus this presentation is mainly restricted to highlighting the activities carried out during the period.

First, I will provide an overview of the Taiji region and the dolphin hunt activity along with its stakeholders. Legal based of what Japan views as “a tradition” will also be viewed. Second, the presentation overviews the international responses to the dolphins hunt practice covering brief explanation of people or organizations that give responses. This point will also highlight on how they approach the issue.

Third, the implementation of the action plan has also gained useful information obtained from the activists. The data collection was carried out through online Facebook-based survey and personal communication. Other data collection including number of dolphin hunted and level of mercury found in dolphin meat.

Fourth, deals with concept of peace building, dispute and possible solution to the disputes. At this stage the presentation focuses on how Taiji town might be built ensuring dolphins are safe, local people continue making living, and people can still enjoy the beauty of dolphins. The proposed solution is based on a retired fisherman’s experience a part from dolphin hunt practice.

The final section of this presentation, discusses further actions needed to resolve current and potential disputes among disputants.

By participating to this 4th Workshop Training I expect to obtain input on possible solutions to the Taiji dolphin’s issue, to obtain access to meet Taiji Mayor and fishermen in Taiji, to held discussion on possible workshops “how Taiji could be built” (next action plan) and to fund source for the next action plan implementation.

I also expect to increase my capability in conflict management and peace building efforts, as well as to network with experts, students, schools, university, governments and organizations on peace building efforts.”

Tayebeh KHARESTANI, Iran
“Action Plan: Take It Easy!”

“I participate to this event to share the action plan, entitled ‘Take it easy!’, that we have developed to help people to live with self-confidence, happily and creatively. It includes three projects:

The first aims to introduce celebrations from different cultures around the world by designing and preparing an Iranian Happiness Calendar called ‘International Shaadi Calendar’ (Shaadi means ‘happiness’ in Persian) that can be shared with people from other countries. In this way they will become aware of the project and encouraged to be a member of our team to complete our International Shaadi Calendar all together.

The second project aims to remind adults of their inner child. Children’s creative, happy, honest, energetic points of view of life are transferred to adults through art. With the support of sponsor ‘Aftabnet ad co’, pupils from the age of 7 to 14 years old were invited to take photos and draw pictures about happiness. We then designed ’Bookmarks’ with those photos and painting. These bookmarks will be used to transfer children's points of view to adults and remind them of their childhood.

The third project aims to increase the rate of self-confidence, happiness and creativity for specific target groups by team games, within various celebrations and ceremonies. We call it ‘A,B, C, …, I, …, X, Y, Z’ - because I am a letter of the alphabet as the others are and we make it complete all together. As a concrete example of action already implemented, a celebration has been held in College of Fine Art of University of Tehran. Orphan teenagers were invited to participate in this program. We aim to improve their self-confidence, happiness and creativity through specific games. These games let them believe in their abilities and power regardless of their ethnic background and social condition.” The project is supported by sponsors Badbadak and Orphans Support Student Association.

Bunrong KOUY, Cambodia
UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador in Cambodia

“I will introduce the Cambodia UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador (CamYPA) which is a youth-led club, consisting of 27 members who underwent peace training organized by UNESCO Bangkok and Eubios Ethics Institute in respectively Hiroshima (Japan), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Penang (Malaysia).

We have created a youth network to raise the principles and ideas of peace among Cambodian youth population in order to create liberal ways of expressing, sharing and taking action in peace promotion issues. To be specific, we have implemented action plans developed by youths to promote peace education, peace awareness and peace culture. We currently have 11 action plans in progress and three have been processed.

Newly established in 2011, CamYPA faced a lot of challenges before it arrived at the present state. Firstly, our members are tied up with their studies and works. Nevertheless, we try to meet and discuss through electronic means such as emails and Facebook. Secondly, we encounter funding problems, but we called for charity contribution and sending out proposals to various organizations who may be concerned. In addition, we gave our own allowance to bring the action plans into real action.

The reason is very simple. It is that from the beginning until now, CamYPA has never forgotten our initial dream – a peaceful world which starts from the new generation and full of smiles and laughter.

Despite the challenges, thanks to the strong network of YPA, we were invited to attend many international youth forums and events last year, 2011, including the 12th International Youth Day Celebration in Iloilo, Philippines, the 5th Asian Youth Forum in Icheon, Korea, the 3rd international Youth Peace Ambassador Training Workshop in Penang, Malaysia, the Looking Beyond Disaster Youth Forum in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Youth Emerge in Bangkok, Thailand and VangVieng, Laos.

In short, CamYPA will work at our best to serve for a better world.”

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