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  • Media and Collaborative Governance | MAGP

    < Back Media and Collaborative Governance ◆Date and Time: July 29th, 2017 ◆Venue: Online(Ukraine, Nigeria, Nepal, Philippines) ◆Contents: -Concept of Collaborative Governance for Implementation and Development of the DPCW -Role of Media for Collaborative Governance Date and Time July 29th, 2017 Venue Online( Ukraine, Nigeria, Nepal, Philippines) Overview Theme Media and Collaborative GovernanceContents Concept of Collaborative Governance for Implementation and Development of the DPCW Role of Media for Collaborative Governance Contents Concept of Collaborative Governance for Implementation and Development of the DPCW Role of Media for Collaborative Governance Purpose To seek connectivity of journalists in different countries for the purpose of peacebuilding through sharing ideas, experiences and opinions Discussions Q. What are the requirements of collaborative governance for global peace? Regarding communication among citizens and media, non-governmental organizations take their responsibilities in this type of role, but dialogues and discussions with government and related organizations are relatively low. Also, possibly due to the difference in influence and power, there is no clear space where people in different backgrounds can communicate. Along with thinking of how to communicate beyond social strata, governments should pay more attention to the voice of citizens with a horizontal approach (rather than top-down). As members of society, citizens are responsible for communicating with governments on which policy making is based. Through ideas and voices from citizens, governments and non-governmental organizations build responsibility and trust. The role of non-governmental organizations is to continue a long-term communication between citizens and governments. To do that, a mechanism of collaboration among these stakeholders is needed. For global peace, government and peace-oriented organizations including HWPL should play a role in sharing information and knowledge related to peace affairs and figures who propose a better life with peaceful, just social conditions. It is appropriate to discuss international issues, despite differences in national identities and social backgrounds. Media should make a voice of collaborative governance in order for people from all walks of life to participate in promoting peace. Q. What is the role of media to achieve collaborative governance for global peace? should make a voice of collaborative governance in order for people from all walks of life to participate in promoting peace. Media serve as a monitor to sustain and remind the function of good governance. To do this, media should contribute to sharing ideas of experts from different fields, produce such issues, and provide access to the information. Media are an ideal vehicle for bringing out motivations to citizens in terms of severing political injustices that arouse international criticism and conforming to rule of laws. Media are a mediator who can give hands. They can invite military and local leaders, women and youth to seek solutions to problems caused by hatred. This governance offers conflict resolution methods – ultimately peace. To execute continuous press publications on peace-related contents, media can create a peaceful environment through peace building processes such as the DPCW designed to prevent violent conflicts. About Voice of Press HWPL’s Intercontinental Voice of Press is a dialogue platform for journalists to constantly contemplate the true freedoms and responsibilities of the media in order to achieve world peace, starting from last November in Europe, CIS and Asian continent countries. It reached the union press forum. It was the first time for journalists from the three continents to gather together to discuss peace, so the participants requested to hold on the continuous opening of the join media forum with embrace and appreciated the breakthrough and developmental efforts. This media forum is drawing attention to the future direction, supported by the expectations of journalists who agree that establishing the media network and building of a peace platform at the international level are guaranteed the freedom of the media internationally. by MAGP, Republic of Korea 2017.07.29 Previous Next

  • 2nd Conference for Global Peace Media Network

    < Back 2nd Conference for Global Peace Media Network H.E. Dr. Moncef Marzouki, the Former President of Tunisia International Peace Media Community “Peace Initiative” “We must always remember the great power that the media has to promote war, just as it has to promote peace. Today's wars no longer occur in isolation within a state. Whether it’s terrorism or a refugee crisis it is truly a global problem, and for this reason the solution must also be global.” H.E. Dr. Moncef Marzouki, the Former President of Tunisia who is working as a human rights activist in pursuit of the values of peace in the midst of a whirlpool of violence and conflict, opened ‘The 2nd Conference for Global Peace Media Network’ by emphasizing the important role of the press in achieving peace. He stated, “Fortunately, the media is now playing an increasingly decisive role in the fight for peace and human rights. Today there is a new mission. In the face of the surge of hatred, rumors and false information that infect social networks, only honest and serious journalists are the guarantors of the truth, which is the essential condition for peace in [global citizens’] hearts and minds.” In addition, he stressed that the media has a responsibility for protecting human rights and maintaining sustainable peace. A total of 67 journalists from 60 media outlets in 30 countries participated in this year’s conference. Participants collectively created plans for the qualitative and quantitative expansion of the reports of peace activities in countries all around the world as compared to the previous year. They also had time to discuss how journalists can cooperate and actively participate in the “Peace Initiative” platform. Journalists in attendance once again were reminded of the importance of the “Peace Initiative” platform. They also had the opportunity to reevaluate the potential positive impact it could have on the world if journalists and media outlets came together and reported in an unbiased manner regarding the reality of ongoing conflicts around the world, human rights issues and religious suppression. Bishop Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Poona Diocese, who has been a life-long promoter of peace and harmony among religions and peoples, also gave a presentation explaining, “Today there is a lot of fake news in the media. This encourages tensions among people and communities. Such actions must be stopped.” He then continued, “Please remember that your unbiased and quick broadcasting have revealed the truth and corrected religions, culture and society. Journalists and all the workers in the media should reveal the reality of religions without a biased or prejudiced opinion. This will hasten the finding of a solution to the problem of disputes between religions.” He actively appealed to journalists to produce objective and truthful news, especially regarding religion and culture. Bishop Thomas Dabre(Bishop of Poona Diocese), Mr. MD Zahidul Islam(Executive Producer (News) of Bangladesh TV (BTV)) During the conference some of the tragic cases of coercive conversion that occurred this year in South Korea were also introduced through two youths in their 20s, who now belong to ‘Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programs’ (HAC). Ms. Jessica Kim, Coordinator of the International Press Department of HWPL’s Western Busan Branch, explained her experience as a victim of coercive conversion. She stated, “In South Korea, a country that proclaims freedom of religion, the coercive conversion programs involve crimes that deviate from the purpose of religion and lead to domestic violence, violations of human rights and even death. According to HAC, most of the illegal activities, such as kidnapping, are carried out by the family, who are instructed by the pastors who hide behind them so that they cannot be punished by the law.” Fortunately, this tragic incident was made known to the world’s religious leaders and faith communities through media reports made in each country, and now the entire global community is condemning such atrocities. The journalists in attendance listened intently to the various aspects of these cases, including the worsening condition of human rights issues and religions oppression in the present era. Importance of an International Peace Media Community: “Peace Initiative ” Following his participation in last year’s event, Mr. Nazeeb Sulayman Ibraheem, Manager Programs of Globe FM-FRCN Radio in Nigeria, attended the 4th Annual Commemorative Summit in order to cover all of the events. He stated, “As journalists, our power is enormous. Since information is power, the media has the power and the tools to distribute knowledge. Since the public believes in the words of the media, the press must work only according to the “truth” in order to remain reliable. This is our driving force,” emphasizing the importance of providing the public with responsible journalism. Mr. MD Zahidul Islam, Executive Producer (News) of Bangladesh TV (BTV), explained about his experiences at the ‘HWPL Press Forum’ held in his home country of Bangladesh. “We established an HWPL Media Forum involving leading journalists from both print and electronic media in Bangladesh. It was unanimously decided that the forum members would play a critical role in promoting the DPCW through the tool of the media in order to advocate for its adoption in their respective parliaments. If the media succeeds in its vital role of advocating for the DPCW in a particular society, then the positive public opinion would lead to a national consensus for adopting the DPCW as a means of restoring peace. This is a logical sequence. I firmly agree with the method of HWPL for putting an end to conflict and achieving peace.” Mr. Nazeeb Sulayman Ibraheem(Manager Programs of Globe FM-FRCN Radio in Nigeria), Mr. Avtandil Otinashvili(Editor in Chief of Newsday) He also emphasized the importance of the international press community proposed at this conference and that establishing an international journalist peace network would allow members to submit their own contributions and exchange media reports. This in turn would greatly strengthen the coordinated peace campaign throughout the world. Witnessing the horrors of war while serving as a war correspondent Mr. Avtandil Otinashvili, Editor in Chief of Newsday said, “10 years have passed since the Russia-Georgia war and the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, but this has been simply ignored despite constant calls from the international community. This continues to hinder the establishment of security arrangements in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia.” Lastly Mr. Ian Seo, Affiliation Chief Manager of the International Press Department of HWPL HQ, emphasized, “The ultimate goal of the DPCW is to create a firm foundation of law that binds every citizen and nation together, which has never existed on this planet until now.” He then continued, “This kind of use of force makes it more difficult to resolve conflicts and establish peace and security in that region. Therefore, we need a strong legal instrument such as Article 1 of the DPCW. I fully agree with the principles of this declaration, since there is no alternative to peace negotiations. We can approach the resolution of such complex problems step by step through a legal instrument based on the principles of the DPCW.” He also gave his heartfelt support for the initiative, stating, “In this context, I am glad that HWPL and journalists from different countries considered the need to create a “Global Peace Media Network” in order to not only inform the public about the existence of conflicts, but also to outline ways to resolve them.” We are confident that “Peace Initiative” will become the platform that will prepare and disseminate information on the subject of peace, which, in turn, will contribute to establishing peace across the globe. He explained “There has only been one same answer from Chairman Lee regarding all the conflicts around the globe. It is a person with the spirit of peace. The United Nations, the DPCW, international cooperation, and the participation of civil society are all necessary, but it is the people who are at the center of these instruments. We have come to realize that the collective strength of each person’s will creates the era of peace, and that the spirit of peace we want to achieve is the driving force to make our world one under the title of peace. Many journalists came to say that it is their mission to make a world of peace by developing this spirit through spreading the message of peace to the world. The very result after a series of consultations is the “Peace Initiative” as you can see right now.” He also explained, “‘Peace Initiative’ is a platform for journalists from different countries to spread the news of peace throughout the world. As a teaching material to understand peace, as a seed to be planted in every part of the world, your will and desire for peace is the very result of what we can and must do for our present and future generations,” expressing the desire for everyone to become a messenger of peace and deliver the news of peace to all corners of the globe. The signing of a Joint Statement as well as the MOU signing ceremony between HWPL and 13 supporting media outlets followed the presentations. After signing the MOU, Chairman Lee pleaded earnestly to those in attendance, “Achieving peace and cessation of war is an impossible task without media professionals like yourselves because we cannot meet everyone in person to deliver this message. The media and press must constantly report on the news of peace-building efforts to make a peaceful society. Let us achieve our goal of peace by doing it. Rather than waiting for tomorrow to come, let us bring forth tomorrow and work steadily to accomplish our goal. I trust each and every reporter here to hold the media accountable.” First, the signing ceremony of the Joint Statement for the freedom of the press and world peace was held. The core contents of the Joint Statement included the commitment of the press to accurately report the reality of the ongoing conflicts around the world and promote the protection of basic human rights. In addition, it was promised that there would be objective coverage of religions and peace, so that the media would be the first to recognize and acknowledge the existence of religious extremism, terrorism and anti-humanitarian atrocities, such as the case of the recent death due to coercive conversion programs run by the Christian Council of Korea, that threaten the entire global community in today’s time, rather than remaining silent about the issues. This would result in the spread of peace journalism, which would call on the international community to cooperatively resolve such crimes and seek solutions for the further development of peace. Based on what was discussed in ‘The 2nd Conference for Global Peace Media Network’, we hope that journalists across the globe will cooperate more closely with one another in order to achieve the realization of a world of peace and allow the healing winds of peace to blow throughout the world that is now plagued by war and conflict. by MAGP, Republic of Korea 2021-04-07 Previous Next

  • Caribbean countries to sign first regional environmental agreement at UN ceremony | MAGP

    < Back Caribbean countries to sign first regional environmental agreement at UN ceremony ​ NEW YORK, USA — Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines are among the countries expected to sign the “Escazú Agreement” on regional environmental matters on Thursday at a high-level ceremony at United Nations headquarters, New York. The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (the Escazú Agreement) will open for the signature of all the countries in the region in the framework of the UN General Assembly. The Escazú Agreement – so named because it was adopted last March 4 in the municipality of Escazú in Costa Rica – is the region’s first environmental agreement and is the only one of its kind in the world, since it includes specific provisions regarding defenders of human rights in environmental matters. It is the first legal instrument to have emerged thus far from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Río+20). The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) provides the technical secretariat for the agreement. From September 27 onward, any state that has signed the regional agreement will be able to ratify, accept or approve it. Ratification, acceptance or approval can be undertaken immediately after the signature. To enter into force, the agreement will require 11 states parties. In addition to the official delegations from signatory countries, other potential participants in the ceremony include intergovernmental organizations and related entities that have observer status with the General Assembly, as well as non-governmental organizations that are in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Escazú Agreement seeks to ensure that all persons have access to timely and reliable information, can participate in an effective way in the decisions that affect their lives and their environment, and can access justice in environmental matters, thereby contributing to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “This is an agreement made by us, for us and the generations to come. It is a visionary instrument, without precedent, a second-generation environmental treaty because it explicitly links environmental matters with human rights and guarantees procedural rights that are essential for adequately implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” ECLAC’s executive secretary, Alicia Bárcena, indicated. by Youri Aramin Kemp, Caribbean News Now(U.S.A) 2018.09.27 Previous Next

  • Forced Conversion that Violates Human Rights Becomes an International Problem

    < Back Forced Conversion that Violates Human Rights Becomes an International Problem ​ On 29 November, Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) from Italy and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) from Belgium hosted a seminar on human rights entitled “Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem”. This seminar, held in Seoul, South Korea, was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities targeted by the majority groups, particularly in the context of anti-human rights situations such as the forced conversion that occurred in Korea. Forced conversion, also known as “Deprogramming”, is a social issue that causes human rights violations by kidnapping and detaining the members of religious groups labeled as “cults” by their opponents in order to compel them to abandon their faith. More than 80 participants including legal experts, journalists, and civil society representatives reviewed the current situation of forced conversion and discussed solutions to defend the freedom of faith and human rights that have become the norm of the international community. Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR as well as an Italian sociologist, stressed that forced conversion is conducted through the mainstream by saying, “Korean deprogrammers are specialized pastors from the mainline churches, most of them Presbyterian.” “The protests that commemorate the victims from forced conversion were mentioned in the 2019 U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedom, including violations of religious freedom in the year 2018. However, there were new cases of deprogramming even after their death,” he criticized. Regarding the multi-dimensional strategy to solve such phenomenon, Willy Fautré, Founder and Director of HRWF stated several suggestions; pointing at the responsibility of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church which tolerates, endorses, and maybe encourages such a practice; developing advocacy at the UN and in organs defending freedom of religion or belief; prosecuting those who encourage people to perpetrate an act of abduction and confinement. In an open letter, signed by 15 international NGOs including CAP-LC and HRWF, to the South Korean President Moon Jae In on July 24th, it said, “South Korea may well be the last democratic country in the world where deprogramming is still tolerated” and asked the President to “investigate in-depth accusations of forcible deprogramming, put a stop to this obnoxious practice, and hold those responsible fully accountable.” Meanwhile, South Korea was elected to serve the 5th term on the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 17th. South Korea’s mission to the UN said that it plans “to participate in the international efforts to respond to human rights crises around the world.” Participants urged the Korean government to respond to the issue of forced conversion which is still threatening the human rights of its people. by MAGP, Republic of Korea 2019-12-01 Previous Next

  • Peace Journalism Studies | MAGP

    Peace Journalism Studies Peace Journalism Studies embarks on a cruise around the world with international journalists who demonstrate their expertise and perspective on peace to overcome the contemporary threats from violence and conflict. In order to develop initiatives and endorse constructive implementation, understanding the structural issues stemming from cultural and historical setting, backgrounds and causes is the starting point to find solutions tailored to each community or society for sustainable peace. This first volume offers some of the ideas with the eyes of journalists in different parts of the world. Volume 2 Number 1 2023 Special Words Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, Republic of Korea Contributors 1. Innocent Yuh, Regional coordinator of Cameroon Association of Media Professionals (CAMP) South West Region Cameroon, Cameroon 2. Rana Setiawan, Chief Reporter of Mi'ra Islamic News Agency (MINA) 3. Oral Ofori, Digital media producer, Freelance Journalist, Founder of TheAfricanDream company, USA 4. Tuty Purwaningsih, Director of Jurnalis Media Desa Nusantara(JMDN), Indonesia 5. Hendry Nursal, Editor-in-Chief of, Indonesia 6. Lok Bahadur Chaudhary and , Founder Publisher and Editor of, Sub-editor of Gorkhapatra Daily, Nepal Pramod Kumar Tandan, Journalist of Rising Nepal, Nepal 7. Alpha Oumar Diallo, General Administrator of Verite224, Guinea 8. Ihor Shevyrov, Journalist and Lawyer, HWPL Publicity Ambassador, Ukraine 9. Rommel Santos Diaz, President of the Dominican Federalist Foundation, Dominican Republic DOWNLOAD PDF Volume 1 Number 1 2022 Special Words Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, Republic of Korea Contributors 1. Mr. Supalak Ganjanakhundee, The Nation Chief Editor, Thailand 2. Mohammed Abdelshakoor (Shakoor Nyaketo), Founder of Journalingual, Sudan 3. Frieda Sila Kana, Journalist of Digital Media Venture, Papua New Guinea 4. Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi, Editor of Tuvalu Paradise, Tuvalu 5. Mr. Ihor Shevyrov, Publicity Ambassador of HWPL, Ukraine DOWNLOAD PDF 1 1 ... 1 ... 1 Submission via Email : Peace Journalism Studies - Submission Guideline - Peace Journalism Studies is a periodical with international journalists’ writings including opinions, columns, researches, articles, issue papers, speeches, etc. Focusing on the issues of global peace and journalism, Peace Journalism Studies provides a forum for the study and discussion of peace and journalism in order to give insights on peace-building efforts, review conflict cases and management, offer media perspectives, initiatives, education, programs in various parts of the world. This periodical reflects the desire for the intellectual interests of journalists and practitioners in the field of peace-building. In addition to the demands from global journalists for professional discussion and education, Peace Journalism Studies seeks to establish a network of peace by related parties in the field of peace and journalism. This is a part of the recommendations agreed and offered by participant journalists in “Voice of Peace: Media Perspective on COVID-19 and Social Change” on February 13th, 2021. The recommendations are as following. ​ 1. In a lack of information and misinformation brought by the pandemic, rebuilding communication channel to better access to shared data and research to overcome social (physical) distancing is required. 2. Acknowledging that producing misinformation from media agencies is witnessed, the media shall pay special attention to their role of generating news after performing fact-checks. 3. Reminding that misinformed beliefs can cause detrimental effects on families, communities, and countries, the media is responsible for formulating the idea that every individual can contribute to the public interests by acquiring knowledge and applying the necessary skills distinguished from misinformation. 4. Confirming that the media are the best channel of communication in the international community for sharing the data needed for citizens, journalists shall engage in building cooperative partnership to effectively fight against the COVID-19 and the related social harm stemming from it. 5. International journalists shall seek collaboration with global actors including governments, international organizations, civil society, and local and national media agencies to develop capacity building and policy-making aimed at training journalists and producing news contents aimed at boosting ideas of international cooperation for peace. 6. Professionalism to target reliability of media with handling sources of information needs to be sought, which will also lead to clarifying better pictures of situations by understanding the context and avoiding the discrepancy between news reports and the reality. 7. Understanding that environmental degradation can be facilitated by human activities and have a negative impact on lives of people, the media shall deliver information to raise awareness of the environmental situations without manipulation so that action plans to maintain sustainable development with environmental protection can be pursued. 8. Understanding that the pandemic created both disease and non-disease damages, international journalists are encouraged to continue to pay their attention to the need for international assistance for joint progress, especially for those areas that suffer from the loss of basic needs such as relief, health service, and public education. 9. Being aware that the democratic system secured by election, rule of law, democratic institutions, human rights agencies, peaceful change of government, and other means, international journalists are encouraged to advocate democratic values shared by the international community through covering the related news. 10. Recalling the purposes and principles of the international documents signed by states to secure global peace and human security, international journalists are encouraged to provide necessary information about international law for peace and elevate the level of cases relating to peace at an international level so that global citizens can appeal to the international community to pursue their freedom and rights. ​ All submitted writings will undergo review by Department of Public Relations of HWPL HQ. Editors will ask some revisions to increase the quality of the submissions. The finalized version will be posted online including the HWPL website and introduced in HWPL events. ​ 1. Submission Schedule Date : August 31st 12:00 PM GMT+9 ​ 2. Submission to ​ 3. Details 1) Length ▪ 5-10 pages in A4 (without including references) are recommended. 2) Content: Peace Journalism Studies deal with the following issues, which contributors may consider. ▪ Peace-related issues with media perspective ▪ Theories of peace journalism ▪ Methodology and best practices in journalism ▪ Political, social, and cultural dimensions of peace and journalism ▪ Programs, techniques, or campaigns that enhance understanding peace journalism ▪ Other topics to develop the discussion of peace journalism 3) Precautions ▪ Please avoid any expressions or inappropriate comments that go against the purpose of the event as shown in the example below. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 4) Future Uses ▪ The collected writings will be selectively edited and publicized online. ▪ Seminars, readings or forums will be organized so that contributors can deliver speech. ▪ Video or audio sources can be created to promote the contributions. ▪ Author(s) can be invited as a speaker in HWPL WARP Summit held on September 18 annually. Type Example Expressions of Hatred Words or phrases that express hatred or discrimination against a certain race, disability, gender, religion, age and region as well as violent comments Politically Biased Statements Phrases that support or oppose a particular political party and/or political orientation Inappropriate PR Overly publicizing oneself or affiliated organizations Others Information not related to the event

  • Cook Islands support moves to strengthen global ban on chemical weapons | MAGP

    < Back Cook Islands support moves to strengthen global ban on chemical weapons ​ (COOK ISLANDS GOVERNMENT) – The Cook Islands joined other countries this week at a special meeting in The Netherlands in supporting a United Kingdom led proposal to strengthen a global ban on chemical weapons. The UK proposal was supported by an overwhelming majority of 82 votes, including the Cook Islands, to 24 against. The Meeting of State Parties, agreed to strengthen the role of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. As of today, OPCW has 193 members, including the Cook Islands, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons. Of particular importance, this week’s Meeting agreed to establish a mechanism that formally identifies perpetrators of chemical weapon attacks so they can be held to account. It was this element of the proposal that was problematic for a number of countries that voted against. Representing the Cook Islands Government at the Meeting, Ian Finley, the Cook Islands Permanent Representative to the IMO emphasised the Cook Islands long held firm support for global efforts to eliminate all weapons of mass destruction. Speaking at the meeting, Ambassador Finley made reference to Cook Islanders who had served in the New Zealand Pioneer division in the First World War, some of whom hd witnessed and suffered the horrors inflicted by the first use of mustard gas. “As a State Party in our own right (to the CWC), we call on all parties to the OPCW to address not only the existence of such barbaric weapons but the reality of their continued use today”. Ambassador Finley’s participation was facilitated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) and has involved a series of consultations over recent weeks via diplomatic channels out of Rarotonga, Wellington and London led by UN & Treaties Division Director Josh Mitchell. “The Cook Islands participated in this meeting and supported the UK led proposal, because the recent spate of chemical attacks in places such as Syria, Malaysia, Iraq and the UK seriously undermine many years of concerted global effort to outlaw use of chemical weapons,” said Mitchell. “While we may indeed be a remote small island bordered on all sides by the vast Pacific Ocean, an attack on one party to the treaty is an affront to us all and must be condemned.” 9 of the 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum participated and voted in support of the UK led proposal, demonstrating the value of Pacific voices in such multilateral fora as the OPCW. MFAI will continue to lead Cook Islands engagement on this issue in the coming weeks and State Parties will reconvene in The Hague in November this year. by Nuku’alofa Times, Tonga 2018.06.29 Previous Next

  • How Global Journalists Get together for Freedom of Media and Peace Journalism

    < Back How Global Journalists Get together for Freedom of Media and Peace Journalism Students at Polytechnic University of the Philippines To journalists, the year 2017 represents the misfortune of journalism. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) says at least 81 reporters were killed and violence against media has soared in 2017. Also, more than 70 media companies were closed in Venezuela where the political and social unrest is festering. A news article from the Guardian reported that “Global press freedom plunges to worst level this century” mainly due to government censorship, crime targeted at journalists and financial pressures associated with the growth of the internet. To respond to such challenge and turn it into an opportunity, journalists around the world with an international NGO have been seeking ways to enhance press freedom through the international media network and peace journalism in relation to rethinking their role in contribution to building a peaceful, democratic society. Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under the UN ECOSOC formed a series of HWPL Media Forums throughout the year 2017 to establish a working group of journalists around the world to examine the phenomena of journalism around the world and empower the right and duty of journalism pertaining to peace and media freedom. Journalists-at-the-Conference-for-Global-Peace-Media-Network “We asked for it” – Problem comes from within According to some journalists, the current crisis of journalism is due in part to journalism itself. In the HWPL International Media Forum held on July 7, K. M. Harun, Senior Television and Media Consultant in Bangladesh, said, “Ethics of Journalism changed due to commercialism, when media lack ethics then it threatens the peace and harmony rather than promoting it. Media has lost its credibility due to the dissemination of a lot of negative news in an irresponsible manner. Print and broadcast media can only promote peace and harmony when responsible journalism is practiced.” Another problem pointed out by journalists is the trend of media coverage concentrating on war, conflict, violence, crime, and hatred that instill negative influence to society. In the HWPL Media Forum held on January 15th, Mr. Ali Alabdallah, the journalist from Sweden said, “Recently, the European media focus on the war and the plot of how a number of refugees came to the region. They failed to focus on humanity, culture, and civilization to understand the human nature, which provides ideas of peace and coexistence.” State and Media Freedom Media freedom especially information sharing through news reports has been challenged by government censorship in countries with a low level of the democratic system. “Freedom of speech in most of the African countries is still a myth, an ideal. If you do not learn how to write or tell your story intelligently, the chances of survival are minimal,” saidMr. Jean de Dieu Munyembabazi, chief editor of IGIHE in Burundi. “The media have their own observations that should not be controlled by others. It is important to preserve the independence of the media and obtaining objectivity of news is the responsibility given to journalists,” added President Xinzheng Zhou from Macau Rule of Law Newspaper at the HWPL Media Forum held on December 2, in Tsinghua University, China. Peace and International Cooperation – Construction of Media Network Many journalists say that building an international media network focusing on the issues of peacebuilding can bring out solutions to the current challenge. “Media freedom plays an important role in guaranteeing social stability, and in that sense constructing new ways to collect information across national borders will assure the right of each individual to present ideas,” said Mr. Fedorov Petr, the director of international affairs at All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company when he spoke in the HWPL Media Forum – Voice of Press in CIS back in May. Participant-journalists-at-the-HWPL-Media-Forum—Intercontinental-Voice-of-Press On 17 September 2017, at the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit, “the Conference for Global Peace Media Network – Freedom of the Press and International Peace Media Community Initiative” was held with 100 journalists from 50 countries around the world. Journalists-are-raising-their-hands-to-ask-questions It is suggested that the establishment of media agencies with a concentration of peace can contribute to public awareness, and more journalists should participate in delivering news of peace and settlement of the conflict rather than conflict itself. Mr. Bojan Stojkovski from Makfax News Agency is delivering speech at Conference for Global Peace Media Network “Participating in this network will help journalists to be internationally heard as well, and to present the situation in their countries etc. The international cooperation between professional journalists is something that can always contribute to strengthening the media sector,” said Mr. Bojan Stojkovski, the journalist from Makfax News Agency, Macedonia. Chairman Lee of HWPL answering to the question from journalists “Who can play the most important role in making a world of peace without conflicts? It depends on journalists. If journalists dedicate themselves to peacebuilding efforts, thoughts of people especially politicians will change. So we have high expectation in journalism,” said Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL. “One of the biggest achievements in HWPL’s peace activities is that we have built media network through journalists in countries with the low level of media freedom. HWPL has actively engaged in spreading a culture of peace designated in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) drafted by HWPL as its peace initiative, and an online-based news channel will be the centerpiece of advocacy of media freedom and a world of peace,” said Mr. Ian Seo, general director of department of public relations, HWPL HQ. by MAGP, Republic of Korea 2018-03-31 Previous Next

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  • “A Farewell to Arms”, Possibility for SECURITY WITHOUT WEAPONS

    < Back “A Farewell to Arms”, Possibility for SECURITY WITHOUT WEAPONS ​ Can weapons protect us? In the afternoon of February 24th, the sound of gunshots at a high school in one of the safest cities in Florida swept across the entire United States. 17 students lost their lives in that single instance. Testimonies poured out of the lips of their fellow classmates, saying “I still remember the moment I was escaping through the blood-filled corridor,” “I’m afraid of even looking at school buildings”, and “I lost two best friends”. Recognizing that anyone can become the next victim, a high school student in New York State initiated the “#MeNext?” campaign. Through the campaign, the voice calling for gun control gained voluntary participation from thousands of students who shared the same feeling. It harshly criticized the reality that the limitations and restrictions in the sales of AR-15 rifles are lower than the ones in the sale of alcohol. Protesters attend a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to demand government action on firearms, on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018., CNN reported that the #NeverAgain campaign is standing at the forefront of the arms control issue and that it is changing the social atmosphere as “they’re the most formidable foes the NRA (The National Rifle Association) will face … and it’s because they’re so young”. Regarding this movement, Jasilyn Charger, a youth activist, said, “Nothing is too big and powerful … Everything man-made breaks, including our laws and the government.” “Everything has a soft part that can be taken down. Nothing is too strong to overcome as long as you have solidarity with everybody around you,” she continued. According to CNN’s request for a survey to SSRS (Research. Refined), a major public opinion agency in the US, it was found that 70% out of the 1016 respondents say that strict gun control is needed, which is 28% higher than after the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 and even the highest percentage ever in the past 25 years. Police in South Korea search the stands before an event. KIMIMASA MAYAMA, EPA-EFE, Can we guarantee safety without weapons? Despite the tension on the Korean peninsula that persisted and the increased concern in the international society, the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games that attracted the highest number of participation of athletes from 92 countries came to an end peacefully. Toronto Star, a Canadian news agency, reported that “the problem with PyeongChang is … there aren’t any problems.” Comparing it to the last Olympic games in Sochi, USA Today highly rates the event as an “amazingly safer Olympics” by saying, “South Korean gun laws make a mass shooting nearly unfathomable.” None of the participants attributes “the peace Olympics” to weapons in the first place. Rather, they focused on the spirit and effort of each individual volunteer called the Passion Crew. Possibility for “SECURITY WITHOUT WEAPONS”? At the HWPL International Conference on the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts held during the 1st Commemoration of the WARP Summit, global legal experts discussed the establishment of an international law to put an end to violent actions with the use of weapons of mass destruction. As for practical approaches to the achievement of global peace, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL emphasized, “Weapons that kill lives must be wiped out in the dictionary and the factories closed. Legal foundation should be the first step, and states take actions. To do this, advocacy of such actions from the civil society represented by women and youth should also be accompanied.” He further appealed to them by saying, “What I would like to ask you is to make a certain law that no one can make excuses for not keeping.” Six months later, on March 4 2016, this content was included as Article 2 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), stipulating the “gradual reduction of production of weapons and repurposing them into daily beneficial tools.” The public debate on weapons will pave the way to restore the value of life and find solutions to peace. In order to set standards in law and put them into practice in everyday life, as Chairman Lee suggests, HWPL “commits itself to ask people to work together as messengers of peace with the same heart.” Regarding the social debate on weapons around the world, the DPCW presents a fundamental approach to peacebuilding with two bases – the “international law for peace” and a “person with the spirit of peace”. by MAGP, Republic of Korea 2021-03-01 Previous Next

  • Post-conflict Colombia should be a land of opportunities for small farmers, says UN agency | MAGP

    < Back Post-conflict Colombia should be a land of opportunities for small farmers, says UN agency Women farmers near Santander, Colombia. Photo: Charlotte Kesl/World Bank ROME, Italy — A lasting peace in Colombia will only be possible if small farmers have the right opportunities to develop and prosper, said the associate vice-president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Perin Saint Ange, on the eve of his official visit to the country. During his three-day visit, IFAD’s senior manager will meet with high-level government officials in Bogotá and visit the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali. Saint Ange pledged the support of IFAD, the UN agency specialized in rural development, to the Colombian government’s efforts to reconstruct rural areas now that the 50-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is over. After almost four years of peace talks in Havana, Cuba, the government and FARC signed a definitive peace agreement last week. “The peace accord is a massive step forward and creates an enabling environment to invest in the country’s rural communities. IFAD wants to ensure that in post-conflict Colombia, small-scale farmers and rural entrepreneurs will experience significant improvements in their well-being and prosperity,” said Saint Ange. “The country now has a historic chance to achieve a lasting peace. The only way to seize this opportunity, however, is to ensure that investments in poor rural people lead to increased agricultural productivity and sustainable rural development. Let’s not forget that there can be no peace without rural development and no rural development without peace,” Saint Ange added. This fact was acknowledged in the first of the partial agreements signed by the Colombian government and FARC. The agreement for an integral rural reform includes measures to reduce poverty in rural areas, address inequality in land ownership and promote access of rural populations access to social services (from roads and electricity to health care and education). Over the last few years, IFAD has contributed to the Colombian government’s efforts to devise appropriate policies to address these challenges. For example, the IFAD-supported trust and opportunities project is exploring ways to tackle inequality and poverty in rural areas, promote equal access to basic services and help rebuild trust in communities torn apart by the conflict. Solutions found to reach these objectives will eventually serve as a model for new rural development initiatives. The project targets approximately 50,000 rural families living in extreme poverty across 17 departments in Colombia. Among them are small farmers, indigenous groups, Afro-descendent communities, rural young people, families who have been forcibly displaced and households headed by women. Activities funded by IFAD and implemented by partner organizations like Corporación PBA and the Latin-American Centre for Rural Development (RIMISP) have contributed to the work of the Mission for Rural Transformation or Misión Rural, as it is widely known. This initiative, which was launched by President Juan Manuel Santos and attempts to put the agreement for an integral rural reform into practice, has produced a comprehensive body of policy advice on rural development issues. Some of the institutional changes suggested in Misión Rural’s final report are already underway, including new government agencies for rural development and agrarian reform. “The road is long and much more needs to be done, but there is no doubt that Colombia is on the right path. Both parties to the conflict are clear on the need to reverse the neglect that rural areas have been subjected to in the past,” said Saint Ange. Colombia, he added, can count on IFAD’s support to the country’s rural development and thereby, to the peace process, for years to come. “We want to play our part in building a new, peaceful and prosperous Colombia. We want to assure the Colombian people and authorities that IFAD’s 40 years of experience in rural development is – now more than ever – at their disposal,” he said. Saint Ange’s visit to CIAT in Cali is aimed at exploring ways of putting the innovations developed by this cutting-edge agricultural research centre at the service of small farmers, not only in Colombia, but in the Latin American and Caribbean region as a whole. by Youri Aramin Kemp, Caribbean News Now August 30, 2016 (originally posted on 2016.08.30 Previous Next

  • United Nations to Honour Three Fallen Nigerian Peacekeepers | MAGP

    < Back United Nations to Honour Three Fallen Nigerian Peacekeepers ​ The United Nations has announced that it will honour three Nigerian soldiers, amongst others, who lost theirs lives while serving as peacekeepers, in different countries. This was issued in a statement by the National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Oluseyi Soremekun. He said the the commemoration will begin on Tuesday, May 29 and the honouring of fallen heroes will take place in New York on Friday, June 1. Nigerians to be honored are: Ali Suleiman, a Lt. Col. who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO); Warrant Officer Remmy Amakwe who was deployed with the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID); and Kolawole Shogaolu who served in a civilian capacity in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres is expected to visit the United Nations Peacekeepers in Mali on May 29, to show support and to thank the soldiers, who sacrifice their livelihood to keep the peace enjoyed by many countries. More so, the Secretary-General will on June 1, preside over the ceremony marking the International Day of Peacekeepers at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Nigeria is the 41st largest contributor of soldiers, policemen and police women to the UN peacekeeping missions. It currently contributes more than 500 personnel to the UN peace operations in various countries such as the, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and the Western Sahara. by Valentine Chinyem, News of Nigeria (Nigeria) 2018.05.25 Previous Next

  • Antigua-Barbuda to host Inter-American ministerial meeting on education | MAGP

    < Back Antigua-Barbuda to host Inter-American ministerial meeting on education ​ WASHINGTON, USA — Antigua and Barbuda will host the tenth Inter-American meeting of education ministers in July 2019. This was confirmed on Monday at a meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development at the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. The bid to host the meeting was successfully negotiated by the Antigua and Barbuda minister of education, Michael Browne, in February this year, with the formal offer and acceptance taking place on Monday. Speaking at the Council meeting, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador, Sir Ronald Sanders, told the other 33 assembled ambassadors and other delegates that “Antigua and Barbuda places immense value on the role of education”. He explained that the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “strongly believe that the effect of education is multi-dimensional”. Sanders declared: “By creating a better-educated society, we lift people out of poverty; we expand the capacity for entrepreneurial development; and create a more vibrant economy with more employment and less crime. We increase the earnings of our people and improve their standard of living. In doing so, CARICOM countries underscore their social stability and enhance security. In turn, this process re-enforces the attractiveness as a homeland to our people and helps to ensure that they have no need to become political or economic refugees, exposing themselves to the perils of seeking asylum elsewhere.” Addressing democracy and human rights issues which the Council meeting also considered. “Education is vital to upholding democracy and safeguarding human rights. Indeed, neither democracy nor human rights is possible in circumstances of inadequate education, economic decline and, social and political instability,” Sanders said. The ambassador pointed out that “when the Inter-American ministers of education meeting convenes in Antigua in July next year, it will be the tenth such meeting since 1998, and the fourth held in a CARICOM country, underlying the vital importance the sub-region places in education as an instrument of economic growth, social stability and security”. by Youri Aramin Kemp, Caribbean News Now (originally posted on 2018.11.06 Previous Next

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