2019 Asia Interfaith Youth Peace Camp
2019 Asia Interfaith Youth Peace Camp
26-30 November 2019 | Manila, Philippines
The 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace centered on the theme “Caring for our Common Future: Advancing Shared Well-being” when it was held in Lindau, Germany last 20-23 August 2019. Prior to the World Assembly, about 100 youth delegates convened for the You Pre-Assembly last 19 August 2019. The Pre-Assembly gave the youth leaders an opportunity to discuss the various issues and challenges that the youth faces and experiences. From this discussion, the youth leaders were able to recommend various actions that can be done to address these problems.
Recognizing that it is the future of the youth that is at-stake, the Asia & the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network has agreed to bring the conversations of the 10th World Assembly to the youth leaders of the Region. As the World Assembly also sets forth the direction that the Religions for Peace network will take, the 2019 Asia Regional Youth Peace Camp has been designed to bring down to the regional youth network the discussions which will help prepare the RfP APIYN for common actions to protect and care for our common future. Echoing also the vision of the new RfP Secretary General, Prof. Azza Karam, this year’s camp will focus on freedom of religion and belief, conflict transformation, just and harmonious societies, sustainable and integral development, and protecting the Earth.
Fostering our Shared Well-being:
Empowering Asia-Pacific Youth towards Common Actions
THE THEME OF THE CAMP
Fostering Shared Well-being: Empowering Asia-Pacific Youth Towards Common Actions
The theme of the 2019 Asia Interfaith Youth Peace Camp takes off from the theme of the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly – “Caring for our Common Future: Advancing Shared Well-being” – and moves forward by highlight the important role that the youth play in fostering our shared well-being. Fostering means “to nurture, to encourage or to promote the development”. In this year’s youth camp, focus is on how the youth can nurture, encourage or promote the development of our shared well-being through common actions.
Taking the words from the Declaration of the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace: “Our heart’s inner-most experiences of the sacred and our outer-most social lives cry out to be connected in a state of positive peace that Religions for Peace calls, “Shared Well-Being.” Our different experiences of the sacred make clear that we are, at root, relational: radically related to the sacred and to all that is caused or embraced by the sacred. As fundamentally relational, our well-being is intrinsically shared. Helping the other, we are helped; injuring the other, we wound ourselves. We fully acknowledge the invaluable roles of women and youth among us and will continually mainstream their irreplaceable contributions. Our different traditions make clear that the sacred establishes us as both responsible for and dependent upon each other and the earth that sustains us. Shared Well-Being calls us to commit to all the ways the modern order supports our human dignity… Shared Well-Being also calls for a robust notion of the “common good” that can serve all of us in our efforts to virtuously unfold our rights-protected human dignity. The supreme good for us is the sacred, even as we understand it differently.”
Academic Fellow, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
Dr Raymond John NAGUIT
National Chairperson, Youth for Mental Health Coalition
Director of Ruchani Track, Solidarity of Nations
Program Officer for Network Development and Coordination, Religions for Peace International
About the Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,641 islands located in the western Pacific Ocean, with an area of approximately 300,000 sq. km. and a population of more than 100 million people.
The country was named after King Philip II of Spain when it was discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1572, which also started the more than 300 years of Spanish occupation. The Philippines declared independence from Spain on July 12, 1898. It was colonized by the United States of America after the Treaty of Paris was signed, where Spain seceded the islands to the United States for a compensation of 20 million US dollars.
During the Second World War, Japanese forces took control of the archipelago until it was liberated by American and Allied Forces in 1945. On July 4, 1946, the Commonwealth of the Philippines gained formal independence from the United States leading to the establishment of the Philippine Republic.
A country surrounded by water, the Philippines is one of the nations that face the greatest threat caused by Climate Change and the rising global temperatures. In the recent years, the country has witnessed the worst weather patterns from extreme heat brought by El Nino, to severe rainfalls caused by super typhoons.
Despite these many calamities that have affected the Filipino, the people have always been able to go back to their normal lives and overcome all struggles. As they say, the resilience of the Filipino Spirit is strong. The values and cultural traditions that Filipinos have help in the development of that resilience. A nation that survived many struggles and tragedies, the Filipino People are a people who are united and always bound by our interpersonal relationships. Our central value of Kapwa (Fellow-being) represents the union of the self and others which defines our social interactions. A nation and a people who are family-oriented, our love for our families lead to a strong social support system in times of crisis. And a nation whose faith is stronger than any of the struggles it faced, have always believed in the power of prayer and faith in God to overcome these difficulties.