Peace Channel in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Science and Research commemorated the International Day of Peace on 21st September, 2016 at the NEISSR’s Auditorium. The commemoration programme also coincides with the 10th founding anniversary of Peace Channel. The programme began with a presentation on the history and background of the International Day of Peace by Ms. Akha Richa and Ms. Akumnaro Longchar, third semester students of NEISSR.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Fr.C.P. Anto, Director, Peace Channel and Principal NEISSR highlighted the increasing need for efforts to build peace and spread the message of peace. ‘Indifference is one of the fundamental causes for conflicts and the lack of peace. This indifference leads to individualism which in turn results in isolation, ignorance and selfishness’, he said. He called upon everyone present to unlearn and then relearn to be an agent of peace. We need to unlearn things from our history, our environment and from everything that have shaped as who we are, yet make us selfish or indifferent to the injustice that is happening around us. ‘We need to relearn the human values that will make us strive for unity and also develop concerns for our fellow human beings and the things which are hindering us from achieving our rights’, he added.
I was feeling so lost and depressed these days. The consecutive killings of writers and the aftermath in my country made me want to escape what was going on around me. I found everything meaningless. Every day we were hearing news of explosions, killings and so on from various corners of the world. The whole world seemed to be on top of a volcano waiting to explode. No one knew who would be next?
It was during this time that I heard about the one-year International Fellows Programme on interreligious dialogue of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID).
I have been participating in Interfaith Dialogue programs since I was 20. Now, I am 29, and over these past nine years, I have participated in several kinds of dialogue programs; including service projects, conferences, seminars and trainings. But, it seems to me dialogue is not working effectively here; in fact, nowhere! So, I was not very interested in joining yet another program on dialogue. For the first time in my life, I tried to ignore anything related to interfaith dialogue! I was almost done ignoring; with only a few hours left to submit the application. Suddenly, I felt I might be going to miss something—something very special! I need to apply, I really need to apply! Finally, I did apply and was selected.
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On May 20, 2016, during the closing ceremony of the first week of MPI's 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training, MPI Director Christine Vertucci and Peter Mae, Undersecretary of the Solomon Islands' Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU "states the intention of cooperation for collaboration on mutually beneficial learning and development opportunities in areas of peacebuilding."
The following press release was authored and made available by Peter Mae:
On 20 May 2016 at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation (MPI), in Davao City, Philippines the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) has secured a long term learning and development empowerment initiative and understanding through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation. Given the unstoppable occurrences of local and national disputes and the probable flow-on effects from regional and international factors that can have the likelihood to inflate and escalate our local and national disputes into aggravating conflicts, MNURP has taken the learning and development approach to advance peacebuilding in this regard.