In an effort to promote multicultural coexistence and peace in New York, a place known for its diversity, 300 participants including judges, religious leaders, youth and women from the USA, Senegal, South Korea and Yemen discussed international cooperation for peacebuilding. Figures from diverse groups including judge, youth, women, and religious leaders participated in the event.
“Conflicts There Affects Us Here” was hosted at the University of Columbia by HWPL, IWPG, IPYG, and the Yemeni American Association as an event to discuss the multicultural background of New York as a model for mutual respect and coexistence for peace building around the world.
The US, specifically New York, is well known in the world for its immigration and exchange. By overcoming the imbalances caused by national institutions and culture, it can be used as an example for global peace movements.
“Promoting peaceful societies begins with each and every one of us. Just one gun can cause violence and one misunderstanding can cause chaos. Each of us here have the opportunity and the responsibility to become the bridge of our communities and ensure that our city is never divided” emphasized Jamiel Altaheri, Captain of the New York Police Department.
“As President Roosevelt once said we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. I believe we must commit to ensure that the youth of my country are able to become the leaders of a prosperous and peaceful Mali.” quoted Mr. Balla Sissoko, representative of Mali.
Chairman Lee of HWPL said, “Cessation of war and achieving world peace is the duty of the global family. Thus, we should step toward peace with the same goal. The duty of people in this generation is the cessation of war and achieving peace to give as legacy to the future generation. To do this, we all need to be peace advocate”.
HWPL, the host organization, has cooperated with legal professions, religious leaders, youth, women, civic organizations, and media in order to advocate comprehensive resolutions for peace and raise awareness of peacebuilding activities to the citizens of the globe. HWPL is carrying out global projects to spread a culture of peace based on the DPCW and experts from international law to propose solutions to global peace.
It addresses principles of conflict resolution and international cooperation for peacebuilding such as respect on the international law, peaceful dispute settlement, and spreading a culture of peace.