By: Cristiana X. Belo
Peace Conference. By HWPL
On December 28, International Peace NGO Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the United Nations ECOSOC held an online peace vision conference, including Thai civil society leaders, religious leaders, teachers and journalists.
HWPL shared peace activities conducted in religious, legal, and educational fields during the year, and proposed the establishment of a peace monument as a part of 2023 plan to spread the culture of peace in Thai society. It also introduced initiatives of World Alliance of Religions for Peace Office, the platform for a discussion and comparative studies on scriptures by religious leaders to develop mutual understanding, and Peace Education to empower youth with the minds of peace.
Regarding the need for peace-building and cooperation in Thai society, Dr. Mohd Faheem, Head of Indian Studies Program of Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University said, “I suggest various NGOs promote a dialogue to find the cause of Thai social conflict. Peace is achieved through dialogue and compromise. In particular, peace activities through the participation of youth and women are essential to raising awareness of peace.”
Dr. Nichan Singhaputargun, Head of Peace and Conflict Studies of SEA Asian Research Center for International Development, School of Social Innovation, Mae Fah Luang University said for the role of youth in peace activities. “Youth are an important class in society. Through Thai Peace and Conflict Study Network of students at each university, research and discussion on the causes of conflict and peacebuilding should be continued.”
HWPL has endorsed projects appealing to empowering international youth with 119 countries and 959 organizations. In this year over 2,600 global youth has engaged in education program in the name of Youth Empowerment Peace Workshop (YEPW) and Class (YEPC) as a platform to deal with social issues and develop policies for youth.