LONG DRAWN-OUT "PEACE BY PIECE" AT HAND
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
PHILIPPINE Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza told hundreds of delegates to the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) Nov. 19-20 at the UN
Headquarters in New York, New York that the government of President Rodrigo Duterte is trying its hardest to “address the root cause of conflict in order to work for durable and sustainable peace.”
One way of addressing the elusive peace is to anticipate “the triggers of conflict” that reared its ugly heads in the “recent Marawi siege in Mindanao [that] was partly triggered by violent but young Islamists who turned despondent for perceived non-implementation and/or delay in the peace process, endemic poverty was one of the triggers, feeling of “exclusion” and the extremist read of the Koran.”
BANGSAMORO ORGANIC LAW:
PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza informed the hundreds of delegates to the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) Nov. 19-20 at the UN Headquarters in New York, New York that the Philippine government is in the cusp of an impending establishment and the entrenchment of an autonomous government that addresses the long aspiration of our Bangsamoro people with the passage of a law in Congress called the Bangsamoro Organic Law. (JGL Contributed photo by MARLON L. PECSON)
In addressing the UN forum whose theme: “Connect2Dialogue: Partnerships for Prevention and Sustaining Peace” attended by a thousand stakeholders, Secretary Dureza also thanked outgoing Qatari diplomat, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UNAOC High Representative, for inviting him to address the forum where participants share their expertise and explore innovative ways of promoting inclusive approaches to conflict prevention as a pathway for sustaining peace. Mr. Al-Nasser is going to be succeeded by Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaube of Spain.
EMPHASIS ON YOUTH
The 8th UNAOC Global Forum placed emphasis on youth, with a special Youth Event and a PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival Awards Ceremony on migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia.
WITH FIL AM LEADER LOIDA NICOLAS LEWIS:
PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza shares light moment with New York, New York-based Filipino American leader Loida Nicolas Lewis after delivering his speech at the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) Nov. 19-20 at the UN Headquarters in New York. It was a mini-reunion for them as they had met already in the past. (JGL Contributed photo by MARLON L. PECSON)
Another factor that breeds cynicism in attaining peace, according to Mr. Dureza, who is also a lawyer, is the lack of “inclusivity, (by) leaving no one behind, (and by) avoiding “moral hazard” where only those who fight government are given attention and those who have been peaceful will feel that they are being left out.”
Mr. Dureza said that while “we can easily reconstruct destroyed structures rebuilding the torn social fabric brought about by conflict(, it) is something more difficult to do. Healing the unseen would of conflict takes time.
“To avoid triggers of unpeace,” Mr. Dureza suggested that “We must inculcate a culture of peace.” He added, these “must be integrated in the educational curriculum of the youth so that early on they see and imbibe the values of peace.”
WITH OTHER FILIPINO OFFICIALS:
PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (third from left) is joined by Filipino officials when he was hosted by New York, New York-based Filipino American leader Loida Nicolas Lewis (third from right) to a fellowship gathering in New York after he delivered his speech at the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) Nov. 19-20 at the UN Headquarters in New York. (JGL Contributed photo by MARLON L. PECSON)
He also urged participants to the UN body that there should be “[r}espect for diversity, not “mainstreaming.” Not converting others into one big hole but accepting that we have differences, different cultures, different traditions, different practices that are indigenous to each other in order that … thereby promoting respect and tolerance amongst diverse peoples.”
IMPENDING AUTONOMOUS GOV'T OF BANGSAMORO PEOPLE
“The Philippines has its own challenges on unpeace and conflict which “we have dealt with for almost 50 years now and we are still at it today. These realities have generated challenges that must decisively be addressed and confronted with.
“We are still dealing with insurgency problems with our armed communities rebels. Our vulnerable communities are the most affected.
“The on-and-off peace negotiations have been cancelled" but the "piece by peace" process has shifted now to “localized peace engagements” we’re calling that will provide substance and support to all those who would like to leave the armed struggle and live peaceful lives.”
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