Hello, everyone. We have written about the International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future five times. In this blog, we will introduce the discussion as a summary of this program and “Hiroshima Appeal” which was made from the members’ opinions.
There were three topics. Discussion was held over three days, and we had seven groups. Each group discussed the topics, put their ideas onto big paper, and presented their ideas in front of all the members.
After this meaningful discussion, a group prepared “Hiroshima Appeal.” During this time, members discussed different topics.
Then, “Hiroshima Appeal” made by the presenters was presented in front of everyone, and improvement were made. It was read at the closing ceremony.
Hiroshima Appeal 2015
We, the 71 members of the International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future 2015 (IYCPF), gathered together in Hiroshima with a common aim: to discuss what we can do as young people to work towards peace. In this, the tenth year of the IYCPF, we have been inspired by the lasting bonds of friendship the conference can create, as symbolized by the attendance of past participants. We reaffirmed the importance of the IYCPF, and discussed the role of the conference in providing a framework for our efforts to work towards peace.
We believe that the most significant roles and achievements of the IYCPF are as follows:
- Providing an opportunity to learn: from Hiroshima, from our respective cultures and histories, and from each other’s different perspectives.
- Providing an opportunity to communicate and interact, leading to greater mutual understanding and acceptance.
- Providing an opportunity to discuss and share ideas about peace, in the widest sense of the word.
We stress our ambition to develop the conference into one involving as many participants as possible, from as diverse a range of backgrounds as feasible. We will further strengthen links with past participants, and make use of internet-based communication during the conference, so that participation is as broad as possible, irrespective of the participants present in Hiroshima.
We appreciate the value of taking part in cultural activities during the conference, but alongside this, we stress the importance of devoting more time to discussion, both between participants, and in the form of lectures or workshops given by experts in peace.
We stress the importance of increasing the online presence of the IYCPF, both for the benefit of the conference itself, and also in order to facilitate ongoing contact and the strengthening of links between participants after the conference.
We recognize the importance of taking advantage of what we learned while in Hiroshima, and of taking action in the following areas: sharing, participating and developing.
We pledge to share our experiences and the knowledge we gained: with our local communities face-to-face, and with the global community through social media.
We pledge to actively participate in existing peace-promoting projects wherever we can.
We pledge to develop our own peace-promoting projects, and to work towards the ongoing development of the IYCPF.
Our time in Hiroshima has reaffirmed to us the importance of peace, and the significance of the IYCPF as a framework in which we as young people can work towards our common goals. We vow to build on the achievements of the past ten years. Our endeavor starts now.
August 13th, 2015
Apart from my feeling about IYCPF 2015, I think this is great chance for youth people to understand and share the ideas about the peace not only in the past but also around the world.
In addition, I believe that if we have more time to discuss in IYCPF timeline we would have a rich variety problems and more time to share more ideas. It leads to the better plan for our projects which we told in the discussion.
Especially, I attracted in some extra activities such as bon-dancing, the best dance style I have ever tried, visiting high school and the peace museum. I had the great experience with Hiroshima and its history.
By writing these blogs, we hope people reading then will have a better awareness of world peace.
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