Peace March for Post Election in Phnom Penh

15 Aug

Around 500 hundreds people such as workers, NGOs staff, Nuns, Monks and other People loving peace had been march on 14 August 2013 that organized by the Working Group for Peace (WGP). The march had been divide in two groups that one group gathering together in front of the royal palace and pray for peace so after pray this group will be walked to the wat phnom. Another group had been set up in the wat phnom and meet up together for pray for peace.

Peace Walk on the media:

  1. Radio France International
  2. Radio Free Asia
  3. DAP News
  4. The Cambodia Daily

 

 

WGP meeting with Friends of Peace

11 Jun

On Tuesday 11 June 2013 at 5:30pm at YRDP, WGP Cambodia has been meeting with Mr. Kinam Kim, Secretary General of Friends of Peace about the exchange program between Cambodia and Korea for promote peace.

The background of Friends of Peace:

‘Friends of Peace’ is a peace NGO, established in 2003 and based in Seoul, Korea. Its mandate includes relief operation, humanitarian assistance, peace education and exchange & cooperation with peace-oriented organizations.

It has been present to many countries while performing its activities. It has responded to the earthquake in Haiti (2010), Pakistan (2006) and Indonesia (2006) as well as Nargis in Myanmar (2008). At this moment we still work on school construction project and child sponsoring program in Haiti after urgent relief responses.

One of the main programs in Friends of Peace includes the peace volunteer program offering to participants a chance to intermingle with local youths and people by allowing them to work together in the community level so that the participants understand that peace is achieved not only through absence of war but also mutual understanding and peace-oriented relationship among people.

It has provided people with peace training and workshop on various peace issues in Korea. It has been engaged with peace educational sessions at school on a regular basis for the last 5 years.

The objective of this meeting are:

  • Offer a chance to learn from participation in the community empowerment project of local NGOs in tackling poverty.
  • Provide the Korean and Cambodian youths with a chance to learn from each other and people in the community (villagers).
  • Give the youths a chance to exchange their thoughts regarding peace issues in Korea and Cambodia.

Please stay tune for more…

Regional Training Course Announcement, MPJ 2013

11 Jun

The Working Group for Peace (WGP) is a local network formed in 2008 by a group of volunteers working on peace building and conflict transformation and prevention. It was formed while the tension regarding Preah Vihear Temple has brought Cambodia and Thailand close to violent conflict. The members of the WGP are from civil society organizations, individuals, and the youth who have been working for and are interested in peace building.

The WGP has been working with the Thai Volunteer Service (TVS) and the People Empowerment Foundation (PEF) based in Thailand. This network focuses on promoting peace building and since 2008 WGP has been focusing on the tensions along the Cambodia-Thai border and Preah Vihear issues. WGP has just developed its three year Strategic Plan (2011-2013). The WGP enables individual actors, civil society members, grassroots people, academics and youth who are potential agents for positive change to work together for mutual understanding among neighboring countries and to advocate with their respective governments for peaceful conflict resolution. In 2011, WGP has expanded its regional cooperation and engaged youth from six countries in the region to be involved in build culture of peace in the Mekong region.

1The Working Group for Peace (WGP) is the local and international NGOs’ networking based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is now seeking for 5 candidates to attend in Mekong Peace Journey Training Course which will be held from 25th August – 7th September, 2013 in Myanmar. After finishing the course, at least two trainees will be required to serve as interns and there have 4 hosted countries comprising Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, for trainees to choose working as internship.

Application Requirement
The participants must be young adults at 20-30 years old with Gender balance from diverse backgrounds (Ethnics, religious, social works, economics, laws, agricuture, media, etc.) Successful applicants must be open-minded, able to travel and adapt to new environment, committed and will apply what they learn from the training into their community and field works. Having working experience in social issues at least two years, basic English skill and strong networks (either formal or informal). Young adults from ethnic minority and indigenous groups are strongly encouraged.

Applicants are required to submit via Email the following documents (PDF files are preferable):

1) Completed Application Form
2) Resume or CV
3) One Letter of Recommendation

Please download more detail information: 1.MPJ Announcement 20132.MPJ Application 20133.MPJ_Reference_Letter_Form 2013

Application Information

Interested candidates must download and apply in filling application form as attached, including an updated CV, letter of interest, fill application form, recommendation reference and copies of relevant documents and send to chheangrithy168@gmail.com. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Closing date: June 29th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Detail Contact:
Name : Working Group for Peace (WGP)
Location : C/o YRDP office: N093, St. 590, Sangkat BoengKak II, Khan TuolKork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, (Behind the Royal Rattanak Hospital)
Contact person: Mr. CHHEANG Rithy
Tel : 097 73 77118
Email : chheangrithy168@gmail.com
WGP weblog : workinggroup4peace.wordpress.com

 

The 2013 Economic Empowerment Program

2 Nov

The 2013 Economic Empowerment Program

for Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam

A total of 20 successful applicants will participate in only one of the following two groups:

 

Ten successful applicants from southeast Asia will participate in Group One:

Group One Traveling to the U.S.:  April 5 – May 12, 2013

Group One Hosting Americans in Your Country:  August 2013

 

and

 

Ten successful applicants from southeast Asia will participate in Group Two

Group Two Traveling to the U.S.:  October 4 – November 11, 2013

Group Two Hosting Americans in Your Country:  January 2014

 

Applications for Cambodian applicants should be e-mailed to soken168@gmail.com

 

Program Summary

 

Help Our Homeland and the Mansfield Center of The University of Montana seeks professional applicants for a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.  The Economic Empowerment Program focuses on expanding economic opportunity to broader society, with the goals of increasing incomes and reducing poverty. Participants will represent business, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, and educational institutions.

 

During the five-week program in the United States, participants will gain firsthand knowledge of how organizations and institutions generate employment and economic activity, while also participating in site visits and specially-designed seminars.  An important part of the program is a fellowship.  Participants will be matched with a similar organization in Montana and work with an American counterpart for two-to-three weeks.  As a result, participants will spend approximately one month in the state of Montana and one week in Washington, D.C.

 

Cambodian participants will also be asked to host a U.S. participant at their place of work. That individual will be your fellowship partner during your U.S. stay. These American participants will travel overseas to engage with you and your counterparts on economic and business-related issues in your country.

Program Objectives

The primary goal of the program is to build economic opportunity from the ground up by supporting participants in their efforts to broaden opportunity and ensure that the benefits of growth and trade are widely distributed.  Specific program objectives are:

  • Promote mutual understanding and lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships between key professionals and organizations in the U.S. and Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Provide 20 foreign participants an opportunity to gain knowledge of U.S. practices and techniques in the field of economic empowerment; explore governance principles and practices; and gain a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, and people.
  • Provide 20 U.S. participants the opportunity to share their professional expertise with foreign counterparts and gain a deeper understanding of professional practices, societies, and cultures in other countries.

 

Other Essential Program Information

 

Program Funding:  The United States government will cover all participant costs, including international travel; travel and ground transportation in the U.S.; meals; lodging; and cultural allowances. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

 

While you will be asked to host U.S. participants at your place of work, the program for the Americans will be at no expense to you or your organization.  American participants will be provided all funds for hotels, meals and transportation.

 

Health Insurance:  All participants will receive the U.S. Department of State’s health coverage.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

 

Program Requirements and Restrictions:  Participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  They are expected to attend all workshops and organized activities.  The program is very intensive and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

 

English Language Ability:  It is imperative that all candidates demonstrate English language fluency.  The program is rigorous and demanding.  Participants will be expected to handle reading materials in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience.

 

Candidate Description and Qualifications:  The participants are expected to be highly motivated professionals working on issues related to economic empowerment. Participants will represent businesses, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, and education organizations.   All participants will have a good knowledge of English.  We welcome applicants from both rural and urban areas, with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside Cambodia.  We welcome participants of all backgrounds.

 

The recruitment period is October 15 – November 30, 2012.  Application review will be conducted by local partners in conjunction with the Mansfield Center.  Successful applicants will progress to a telephone interview between December 15-21 in order to assess English-language skills and further ascertain suitability for the program.  A select number will be chosen for personal interviews January 4-15, 2013.  Five primary participants and one alternate will be chosen from each country and notified by February 28, 2013.  Five participants from each country for a total of 20 will ultimately travel to the U.S. in one of two cohorts of 10 participants each.

 

Selection Criteria

 

  • English-language fluency.
  • Clear understanding of economic empowerment issues that affect your community.
  • An emerging or mid-level professional with the background to benefit from this learning experience.
  • Completion of relevant education (preferred but not required).
  • Suitability of the applicant’s organization to benefit from this exchange and to host a U.S. participant.
  • Commitment to hosting a U.S. participant for 10-20 days.  This includes organizing a professional program, a cultural orientation, and working with the local partner and the Mansfield Center to organizing logistics such as lodging and transportation. (All activities are paid for by the program, not by you or your organization.)
  • The support of your supervisor and/or organization.
  • A commitment to the time investment required to make the program a success.
  • A demonstrated interest in working in cross-cultural settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of program objectives.
  • Communication of personal goals in line with program objectives.
  • Participants chosen from each country as a whole reflect the diversity of that country in terms of its populace, geography, and variety of economic interests/fields/organizations.
    • Demonstrated commitment to strengthening your community.
    • Little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States.
    • Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, Fellowship position, community service, and travel program in the U.S. for approximately 37 days.
    • Be able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those in Cambodia.
  • Aged 25-45, though this is not an absolute requirement.
  • Plan to return to your organization following completion of the program.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in your work.

 

Click www.helpourhomeland.org for Application Form.  The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 November 2012. Late applications will not be accepted.

International Day of Peace 2012

21 Sep

 

 

Cambodians devoted to peace will convene a celebration of International Day of Peace in Phnom Penh and Seven provinceson 21 September 2012 to promote peace in the region and all over the world with the cooperation from the government, development partners, difference religious bodies (Muslim, Christian, Catholic and Buddhist), youth groups and all those who strive for peace as a means of living in harmony and happiness.

 

 

 

Our activities on the news:

ABC Radio Australia

VOD news

Koh Santepheap news

DAP news

CEN news

RFA news

the video below is the youth perspective on peace 

Invitation for International Peace Day

7 Sep

International Peace Day

29 Aug

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent Day of Peace. The UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. It has also been suggested that “Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and people. This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples and is a living instrument in the service of peace building.

Since 2008 WGP has been working with local, regional and international NGOs and communities especially we have engaged people from various religion and ethnic groups to work together to promote culture of peace. So we, the WGP strongly considers the IPD as the most important event for all people around the world where they are facing such as kinds of violence, war, civil war and kinds of sufferings to celebrate this day for freedom, harmony and happiness both mental and physical. The WGP always celebrate this event every year since it’s because its significant work is to globally build peace without discriminations. The International Day of Peace is regarded as part of the WGP to strongly support and celebrate that can widely spread peace messages and ideas to public.

Objectives of the event

  • To observe International Peace Day on 21 September 2011.
  • To provide opportunity for participants to exercise peace act and promote peaceful environment in society
  • To empower youth groups and other supporting groups to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
  • To increase draw public attention to the peace building efforts
  • To enhance peace among different religious and ethnic groups within Cambodian society.

Expected outcome

  • More than 2,000 people from nine provinces and cities are enabled to speak out for promoting peaceful environment
  • All peace messages are publicly heard by the mass media
  • Public attention to the celebration of International Peace Day is increased
  • Constructive engagement and sense of cooperation for peace building among civil society, government and people from different groups is increased
  • Thought of Peace will be reminded for more and more people in participation

This event will celebrate  on 21 September 2012 in 9 cities/provinces are Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Chhnang, PreahVihear Province in the amount of 1,850 participants from diverse religious, youth, nun, monks and people loving with peace, in that we also consider to 45% of participants are women.

We are welcome you all to join us.

Visakha Day

5 May

In order to strengthen the peace along the border of Cambodia and Thailand, WGP and TVS would like to initiate another activity, Khmer-Thai Viskhaday for Peace to try to address the tension of such above issues and keep friendship of the two nations. The Day of Visakha is internationally recognized by United Nations in General Assembly Resolution 54/115 (A/RES/54/115) and acknowledge as Buddhism contribution to humanity and peace. Further, the majority of people in these two nations are Buddhist.  To ease the tension and to keep the building solidarity among the two nations by suing this concept would helpful and effective way for peace building.

Seeing this importance, WGP and TVS are organizing a the event by mobilizing peace builders for a joint peace activity on that day in Koh Kong, Cambodia in order to promote the concept of peace to the public and key people. The even are aiming to:

–       Celebrate the Day of Visakha in which internationally recognized by United Nations in General Assembly Resolution 54/115 (A/RES/54/115) and acknowledge as Buddhism contribution to humanity and to strengthen and apply it as the day for peace practice among people in Cambodia and Thailand. 

Mobilize diverse groups including journalists, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, NGO staff and university students to jointly promote peace building along the Cambodian-Thai border.

Program, Venue, Date and Participants

The event will be included the peace walk, peace dialogue and the celebration of Day of Visak (please the detail program attached below). There will be at least 15 Thai activists and 30 Cambodian activists with other 160 local people will join the event. The total participants would be around 200 people from various backgrounds and faiths. It is not just Buddhist followers but other faith is well included to ensure the diversity.

The participants will gather in Wattepnimitta in the morning of May 5 and conduct the march from there to the border and come back to Wat. During the march there will be peace messages spread. In the afternoon of the same day, there will be peace dialogue among the peace activists from Cambodia and Thailand on how to apply the Day of Vasak as the day to practice peace. In the evening, the Khmer-Thai participants will together celebrate the Buddhist the Day of Visak with laymen and laywomen in Wat.

To make the event widely heard, the organizers will invite the independent media to the event so that they can report about the event. The event would also be lived about event to the radio station in Phnom Penh.

Visakha Press Release

3 May

Visakha Day

2 May

WGP and Thai Volunteer Service (TVS) is cooperating in conducting the Peace Walk event on the Day of Visaka for Peace, May 4-6, 2012, at Wat Tepnimitta, Koh Kong province. in the purpose of

– Celebrate the Day of Visakha in which internationally recognized by United Nations in General Assembly Resolution 54/115 (A/RES/54/115) and acknowledge as Buddhism contribution to humanity and to strengthen and apply it as the day for peace practice among people in Cambodia and Thailand.

– Mobilize diverse groups including journalists, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, NGO staff and university students to jointly promote peace building along the Cambodian-Thai border.

Please join us for strengthening our society with peace and harmony.

 

Mekong Peace Journey

2 May

Training Course Announcement

The Working Group for Peace (WGP) is the local and international NGOs’ networking based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is now seeking for 5 candidates to attend in Mekong Regional Training Course which will be held from July 7-29, 2012 in the Golden Triangle Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. After finishing the course, all trainees will be required to serve as interns and there have 4 hosted countries comprising Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, for trainees to choose working as internship.

Background

The Working Group for Peace (Hereafter referred to as WGP) which is a networking body was established in 2008 as a result of tensions between Thai and Cambodia that arose after the announcement made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in placing Preah Vihear on its World Heritage List. The tensions and resulting conflict between the Thai and Cambodian armies was a serious cause of concern from local, regional and international communities. Our mission is to create a mechanism for individual actors, civil society members, grassroots coalitions and popular movements to work together as catalyst for positive social change in bridging understanding between Thais and Cambodians to advocate with their respective governments for a resolution to the conflict.

Vision 
Everyone lives with mutual understanding, loving as brothers and sisters in sustainable harmony and peace.

Mission 
To enable individual actors, civil society members, grassroots people, academics and youth who are potential agents for positive change to work together for mutual understanding among neighboring countries and to advocate with their respective governments for peaceful conflict resolution.

Mekong Peace Training 
July 7th – 29th, 2012 in Mekong countries

The Mekong Peace Journey (MPJ) 2012 is a part of the Regional Learning Process on Peace Building initiated by Mekong Working Group for Peace since 2010 consisting of the regional strategic team from Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
The MPJ is designed for young adults in the Mekong Region: Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and China, who are interested in the practice of peace building in the region, with the following objectives:
• To build trust and inner peace among young adults in the Mekong region;
• To define the concept of peace-building, conflict and its root causes;
• To address other social factors contribute to building peace in the region;
• To identify appropriate and effective strategies for intervention to build peace in the country and the region; and
• To strengthen and expand cooperation and network for further peace building in the Mekong region.

The MPJ will be held for 25 participants on July 7th – 29th, 2012 in the cross border areas of Laos, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar. General contents of the training cover peace-related issues such as peace concept, conflict resolution, nationalism, pluralism, and identities. The training methods are in-house training and field trip.

After the training, 8-10 representatives would be selected amongst participants to enroll in Internship Program. This program will be conducted in different Mekong countries in accordance with interns’ interested fields.
Mekong Peace Journey Application

The participants must be young adults at 18-30 years old from diverse backgrounds (social works, economics, laws, agriculture, media, etc.). Successful applicants must be open-minded, able to travel and adapt to new environment, committed and willing to apply what they learn from the training into their community and field works. Having working experience in social issues at least two years, good English skill and strong networks (either formal or informal) are an advantage. Young adults from ethnic minority and indigenous groups are strongly encouraged.

Applicants are required to submit via Email the following documents (PDF files are preferable):

1) Completed Application Form
2) Resume or CV
3) One Letters of Recommendation

Application Information

Interested candidates must download and apply in filling application form as attached, including an updated CV, letter of interest, fill application form, recommendation referance and copies of relevant documents and send to mekongpeacejourney.kh@gmail.com. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Closing date:

May 20, 2012

Detail Contact

Location: Phnom Penh Center, Building F, Ground floor, Coner Sihanouk (274) & Sothearos (3) Bvld, Tonle Bassac Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia.
Name: Working Group for Peace (WGP)
Tel: 012 21 01 71 
Email: mekongpeacejourney.kh@gmail.com
Website: mekongpeacejourney.wordpress.com

WGP core team meeting

18 Apr

On 18 April 2012, the Working Group for Peace (WGP) member organized the meeting on the activities of the peace walk.

The agenda of the meeting are:

1. Update information about the proposal of the MPJ of six countries such as: China, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos.

2. Regional Peace Walk within Khmer-Thai during Visakbochea day

3. Finalize package proposal for WGP

4. Other

Please stay tune for the minute —->

 

ASEAN Youth Forum

26 Mar

ASEAN was established following the Bangkok Declaration on 8 August, 1967 by 5 countries namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Later on, ASEAN countries expanded to cover Brunei (joined on 7 January, 1984), Vietnam (28 July, 1995), Lao, Burma (23 July, 1995) and Cambodia (30 April, 1999) respectively. This unification has resulted in ASEAN comprising 10 countries in South East Asia.

ASEAN was first established aim at promoting political, economic and social collaboration, peace and regional security as well as to encourage the collaboration between ASEAN and international organizations. The policy and work approaches of ASEAN are determined and shaped by various gathering of ASEAN leader such as consultation at the government level, ministerial level and senior official level at the meeting and ASEAN summits. This forum aims to identify policies and provide the opportunities for member countries to identify goals and plans for the long term. These are presented in the form of action plan documents, joint Declarations, Declarations, Agreements or Conventions, The Ministerial meetings and Senior Official’s Meetings are normally held to review and specify policies.

Since its existence in 1967, ASEAN now is in the critical juncture of living and working in a fast changing regional and international environment. ASEAN has built its reputation through inviting great and economic powers such as China, Japan, India and United States, to establish regional cooperation with ASEAN. More importantly, ASEAN needs to encourage people to be involved and engaged to participation in development process in meaningful ways. If ASEAN wants to be relevant, credible and trustworthy now and in the future, it is imperative that ASEAN should not left the people behind in particular youth group and youth’s engagement with ASEAN is, actually not a new issue.

The world today are facing the globalization and the drive towards neo-liberalism and unlimited modernization in development, the influence of privatization and consumerism is slowly affecting almost every aspect of our life, especially of young people in South East Asia who have been growing up under the challenges changes. Firstly, the world of local wisdom and its emphasis on values, spirits and collectivism, and secondly, emphasizes materialism and individualism. Also, they’re all may not be fully aware of the issues, it’s very important that youth today empower themselves and recognize the social problems and the most importantly, is youth must participate in creating a fair, just and peaceful society at the local, national, and regional revels. In regard to this, youth participation today has been encouraged to take part in addressing their challenges with reasonable recommendations. Therefore, they will together search for and identify issues of ASEAN youth, whom are facing the challenges that come with the various forms of development.

More than 320 youth from ASEAN countries participated in the ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) during the last three years, have gathered in various venues within the region to participate in voicing out, to realize their dream and participate for true change in each county. Problems like education, equality of rights, protection, sexual and reproductive health and rights, welfare and decent environment must be resolved by taking part in pushing the ASEAN leaders and each leader to make policy as the political answer for these problems.

On 29-31 March, 2012, the meeting of ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum, ACSC/APF, will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This meeting held as the initiative of civil society in ASEAN region in order to respond the upcoming ASEAN Summit in April 2012. ACSC was first time held in Malaysia with the aim to strengthen the ASEAN people, and following the meeting in the Philippines in 2006, Singapore in 2007, 2009 in Thailand, 2010 in Vietnam and last year in Indonesia. Now Cambodia is the host for the meeting.

ASEAN Youth Forum is a platform for youth in ASEAN to mainstream their voices of concerns, issues and recommendations to the ASEAN Leaders to influence policy decision making and it is always organized prior to the ACSC/APF at the host country during the chairmanship of that country. Therefore, AYF will be co-organized by YCUD, CVS, MPJ, TVS and AYM from 26-28 March, 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

OBJECTIVE

1)    To identify the challenges faced by ASEAN youth and further politicized the priority issues into the sub regional advocacy arena such as during APF/ACSC as well as within the ASEAN Summit

2)    To create well functioning youth rights centered mechanism that enable us to follow up the previous addressed challenges and recommendations given to ASEAN Governments, ASEAN secretariat and Civil Society actors.

3)    To adhere feasible advocacy platform mapping and strategy to advance the realization of youth rights in ASEAN.

4) To make meaningful youth participation in ASEAN and engage in decision making mechanisms toward building a people-centered ASEAN.

5) To strengthen the existing networking among ASEAN youth especially marginalized youth groups through networking and advocacy.

6)    To build common platform among youth including women, labor, minorities and marginalized groups in ASEAN region.

EXPECTATION

1)    Common challenges and recommendations identified by ASEAN Youth

2)    Mechanism to follow up the previous addressed challenges and recommendations created.

3)    Strategies to voice out the youth voice in ASEAN set

4)    ASEAN youth has space for meaningful participation in ASEAN and engaging in decision making mechanisms toward building a people-centered ASEAN.

5)    Existing networking among ASEAN youth especially marginalized youth groups through networking and advocacy strengthened.

Youth including women, labor, minorities and marginalized groups in ASEAN region have their common platform to express their voices to ASEAN Leaders.

WGP TaskForce Meeting

24 Mar

On 24 March 2012, WGP core team conduct a meeting about ASEAN People Forum (APF) at Eden Park.

The meeting aim to discuss about:

1. Task sharing for ASEAN Meeting

2. RST Meeting

3. MPJ Meeting

4. ASEAN Youth Forum

5. Others

Stay tune for the minute —>

Finalize the Proposal of WGP in 2012-2013

22 Feb

WGP member meeting on 22 March 2012 for finalize the proposal for 2012-2013.

The participant from difference organization such as: CLEC, CCSP, ACT, YRDP and WGP member total 11 participants.

The main agenda of the meeting aim:

1- Finalizing proposal

2- AYF:

– Update information on AYF

– Discuss on the 3 common issues with recommendation

3- Peace Walk run by Ms. UddomSivorn at UddorMeanchey

4- Others

Stay turn for the minute….

WGP Internal Meeting

12 Feb

On 12 February 2012, WGP has been organized the meeting among member about the Proposal Development at Eden Park.

There are 9 Members to participant and the meeting objective are:

  1. Update information of ASEAN Youth Forum/ASEAN People Forum
  2. Review Logframe and Workplan 2012-2013
  3. Develop Proposal 2012-2013

 

 

Evaluation Workshop on Peace Practice

28 Jan

On 28-30 January 2012, the Working Group for Peace (WGP) Cambodia cooperated with Thai Volunteer Service (TVS) had been organised the workshop on Evaluation Workshop on Peace Practice at Samot Raing Sey Pagoda in Kep Province, Cambodia.

Description of the workshop

The group of people called the Mekong Working Group for Peace[MWGP] which consists of groups from civil society (NGOs) and individuals from the Mekong countries, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia, have been working effectively to initiate one year Peace Learning Process for Young Adult in the Mekong Region.

After the consultations and meetings in 2010, the groups has been organizing various joint regional peace activities such as scholar meeting related to peace and training on peace building,  Peace Walk (Dyammayietra), and peace journey to visit the effected people of Cambodian-Thai border conflict areas.

MWGP has a strong intention to begin the learning from common roots and living values in order to create a history of understanding about Identity, Nationalism and Diversity by condemning all from of violence and discrimination and by promoting people’s cultures of peace through various activities which we have accomplished so far in Mekong region, especially the Mekong Working Group for Peace (MWGP) have completely achieved internship program lasted 3 months which there had 10 interns from 5 countries comprising Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam including Cambodia.

As mentioned above for accomplished activities which were completely accomplished with partners in Mekong region, the Working Group for Peace (WGP) and Thai Volunteer Service (TVS) have managed to organize the Evaluation Workshop for Peace Practice in order to reflect and evaluate whatever we have done for 1 year and also develop new strategic plan future activities; moreover, at the end of the workshop, members of peace builders will be provided the best experience of peace building of the resource person from California, the United State of America so this event is not only for evaluating on peace practice but also building capacity to members who are active in peace building in Mekong region.

The EWPP will provide good chance for peace builders coming to discuss about what is challenge, lesson learnt, and the new ways for further collaboration in peace building in Mekong region and also have purpose to promote peace ASEAN level so the WGP and TVS have strong willing to organize this event in order to achieve objectives as mentioned the followings: 

Objective:

  • To identify and to document of the best practice of MPJ.
  • To develop future action plan for Regional Mekong Peace 2012.
  • To strengthen and increase mutual understanding on peace practice. 

Expectation:

  • The documentation will be accomplished for the base practice.
  • Applicable action plan for national and regional level will be developed.
  • The best MPJ practice will be integrated for the new action plan.
  • The action plan will be consulted.
  • RST and interns will have their ownership to initiate in peace building

Participants:

Participants are classified into three kinds. The first is that all of the Mekong Peace Journey Participants who had ever joint peace training or MPJ program, especially the interns who interned for 3 months that is just finished few weeks ago. The second is that all the RST or NST members of each country and including peace builders who are the WGP’s partners.

The participants, who were mentioned above, come from Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam including Cambodia of 35.

Reflection Workshop on Internship Program

3 Jan

On 29 December 2011, the Working Group for Peace (WGP) had been organized the workshop of reflection on internship program. The workshop held in Community Legal Education Center (CLEC). The objective of the workshop are:

  •  Show presentation of interns what they have learnt during internship program in Cambodia
  • Reflect to whole internship program

Around 25 participants come from different NGOs such as: Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP), Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), Initiative Chance Association (ICA), Cambodia Volunteer Service (CVS), Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) and Working Group for Peace (WGP) members.

Host Organization:

CLEC: is also working to build the peace, we spent the money and time to support the working group for peace, and we are going to support the entire person who wants to joint with this group.

YRDP: was joint with the WGPs in 2008, we have youth empowerment unit to joint with WGPs.

CVS:  In the name of host org, I would like expression to David who come to learn about Cambodia not only CVS in overall situation happened to the Cambodia. David  has very good relation with staffs who work in CVS. What he learnt ,what challenge and remcomendation and he also volunteer and share his knowledge . I would like to thank you the WGP who have good cooperation with the host org. The cooperation among the nations in Asean  countries is the most important. We have create joint atmosphear because we have to together in Asean country.

Impression of Donor:

Mr. Chhit Mony from American Friendship Service Committee (AFSC), said that all the interns may observe and see a lot of issue happen in Cambodia it is good to see that issue that’s why this event happen. They may not see this issue in their country. That’s a good thing. So their presentation is a voice to bring the issue in Cambodia to share to other country that Cambodia not suffer from the civil war but from such these issue. Internship build connection work from Asia. Some time local people have no enough ability to deal with social issue cause they afraid but from their comment/perspective can encourage them to deal on these issues.

Such the traffic issue we still dealing with such kind of these issues.

How can youth learn from each other? They hear and share with youth it is very crucial program that we should keep in the future. That we have to realize on this issue.

Farewell Party:

After presentation of the reflection of internship program, WGP had been organized the farewell party to intern from Thailand and Burma.

WGP’s Retreat

2 Dec

On 01 to 04 December, 2011 at Sihanouk Ville Province at Orchidee Guesthouse with 18 participants from differrence organzations that love peace in the society.

The Retreat focusing on Program Review which is very necessary activity has to be organized in order to look back what we been being done so far and the 3-year strategic plan will be set up for further implementation.

There are many potential members from various institutions and individuals who are the most important resource for peace building and they are also very active in taking part in peace building with the Working Group for Peace so this retreat is needed to done for providing chance to all key members to find new strategy, methodology and clear plan for future work, especially expanding strategy for regional level.

The objective of the retreat are:

  1. To reflect and review the achievement of WGP
  2. To develop the three year strategic plan and one year action plan
  3. To promote team building
  4. To encourage provide the good opportunity for the active members to exhange or giving feedback in the past and find the progress cooperation continue to work for Peace Building in the future.

Reflection on Peace Practice

28 Oct

On 28-29 October 2011 the American Friend Services Committee (AFSC) has been organizing the workshop on Reflection on Peace Practice at YRDP.

The purpose of the RPP workshop is to provide an opportunity for peacemakers concerned about the impact of the conflict between Cambodia and Thailand on ordinary people’s lives to analyze the conflict dynamics, the relevance of their action to peace writ-large, the effectiveness of their actions to date, and options for increasing effectiveness and impact.

The output of the workshop will also inform the consultant’s assessment of AFSC’s support to partners. The consultant may also conduct individual interviews with some participants before or after the workshop to ssist this assessment. However, the focus of the workshop will be providing participants an opportunity for reflection and analysis.

The participants will be Cambodian and Thai peacemakers that have been working together to build peace and understanding between the people of these two nations. Other who well understand the conflict dynamics and may contribute effectively to the discussion may also be invited.

The workshop will include current AFSC partners such as:

1. For Cambodia: ACT, BKSN, ICA, KCD, YRDP and WGP

2. For Thailand: PEF, TVS, the Thai Working Group for Peace, and others involved in organizing the Thai-Cambodia Dhammayietra in 2011.

សារពត៏មានអំពីអប​អរ​​សារ​​ទរ​​ទិវា​សន្តិ​ភាព​​ពិ​ភព​លោក

22 Sep

​ក្រុម​​អង្គ​ការ​អប​អរ​​សារ​​ទរ​​ទិវា​សន្តិ​ភាព​​ពិ​ភព​លោក.

http://www.un.org.kh/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=469%3Acelebration-of-international-literacy-day-2011-supporting-cambodias-development-efforts&catid=43%3Alatest-press-releases&Itemid=76

http://www.dap-news.com/typography/the-news/28627-2011-09-21-04-56-04.html

The letter from Samdech Techo Hun Sen for International Peace Day

http://www.kampucheathmey.com/local-news/8189-2011-09-21-03-02-55.html

International Peace Day 2011

21 Sep

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent Day of Peace. The UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. It has also been suggested that “Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and people. This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples and is a living instrument in the service of peace building.

Since 2008 WGP has been working with local, regional and international NGOs and communities especially we have engaged people from various religion and ethnic groups to work together to promote culture of peace. So we, the WGP strongly considers the IPD as the most important event for all people around the world where they are facing such as kinds of violence, war, civil war and kinds of sufferings to celebrate this day for freedom, harmony and happiness both mental and physical. The WGP always celebrate this event every year since it’s because its significant work is to globally build peace without discriminations. The International Day of Peace is regarded as part of the WGP to strongly support and celebrate that can widely spread peace messages and ideas to public. Continue reading

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