MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgLast month, we published Nathan Gbelee’s definition of peace as “the ability to live without fear of yourself, your peers, community dwellers and others.” This week’s article will focus on his analysis of the Amman Declaration on young people’s participation in peace building and security programs.Amman Declaration – A Review by Nathan N. GbeleeThe most important part of this Declaration is found in Section 1 of the Guiding Principles on young people, which talks about youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security.Promoting the participation of young people in peace and security issues remains an important condition for successful peace building efforts. This is because young people are energetic, passionate and could be highly engaged in transforming conflict, countering violence and building peace. Consequently, the need for the meaningful involvement and active participation of youth is a matter of must and a necessity for the growth and development of Liberia. It is my strong opinion that government buying in through youth engagement should be encouraged. The establishment of Bills and the passing of resolutions on youth, peace and security are appropriate options to recognize the role of young people and institutionalizing their participation at all levels.Based on these necessities, we call on governments and the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on youth, peace and security. The Amman Declaration presents a crystal clear and common vision and roadmap towards a policy framework to support young people in transforming conflicts, preventing and countering violence and building sustainable peace. The Amman Declaration should be a working tool and a guide to include youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security, prevention of youth from violence, getting youth involved in building peace, improve gender equality and lastly, for young people’s socioeconomic empowerment. In terms of differences that will be made by this Declaration, it is my contention that young people will vehemently and vigorously say without a doubt that this Declaration will reinforce the many efforts of young people, civil society organizations, local authorities and national governments exerted towards youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security. The Amman Declaration will also ensure the socioeconomic empowerment of young people through their involvement in the prevention of violence and contribution to peace building. It would promote stability, inclusiveness and sustainable peace in the country.To build a broad-based peace and security program, we need to invest in young people and tap into their creativity, energy and strengths. As young people, we have a responsibility to protect the next generation. According to Albert Einstein, “It is impossible to solve significant problems using the same level of knowledge that created them.”To deal with 21st Century crises, we need young people to evolve, and the Amman Declaration has provided us with the right platform to do so.Until next week, when we come back to you with another review of the Amman Declaration from the perspective of a young peace messenger, peace first! And may peace prevail in our time. Youth, Peace and Security!The Amman Declaration was signed by youths from around the world on August 22, 2015, in Amman, Jordan, with the promise to live in a peaceful global societyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONE GM Tharp loses battle with cancer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Her success … came from the fact that she was being given the opportunity to do something that she really believed. A lot of people don’t get that opportunity and she felt that she was really blessed.” Prior to coming to the city, Tharp spent much of her career studying, training and mentoring neighborhood groups. She was the executive director of the civic leadership training organization Coro Southern California, and was the deputy director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at the University of Southern California. Jill Banks Barad, with the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, was on the panel that helped choose the DONE general manager, and she recalled how Tharp wowed members with her passion. “She leaned forward and said `I really want this job.’ It came from the souls of her feet. She said `I’ve been waiting for this job my whole life,”‘ Barad said. After she was appointed, Tharp spoke to the Valley Alliance and again impressed members with her resolve to improve the Neighborhood Council system. “She was so candid. She just sat there for hours listening to everybody, taking notes. She was really engaged and she was really hearing.” DONE Assistant General Manager BongHwan Kim said Tharp quickly brought stability and confidence to the Council system. And she advocated for an increased role and respect for councils within city government. She told people that “city government needed to embrace neighborhood councils for them to work,” Kim said. “She had a way of presenting that didn’t turn anybody off. It was said in a way that people could hear and it was assertively said. That was her unique ability. She had a finely-honed political sense.” Tharp was in remission from cancer when she became DONE general manager, but the disease returned and she began treatment during the summer. She took medical leave in September, her husband said. In a statement, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised Tharp for her work. “Her integrity, intelligence, compassion and humor will be missed. Though we mourn her passing today, we take comfort in the fact that her work and ideas will continue to yield positive benefits for the people of Los Angeles,” he said. A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the non-profit civic leadership organization Coro Southern California at the Coro Legacy Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda, Suite 240, Los Angeles, CA 90012, or online via www.coroLA.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Less than a year into her dream job of aiding Neighborhood Councils, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager Carol Baker Tharp died Sunday after a battle with cancer. Tharp, 55, was an outspoken advocate for Neighborhood Councils and her appointment as DONE general manager was widely hailed as a new chapter for the city’s struggling system of grassroots democracy. When she was selected for the general manager post in February, Tharp said it was the job she felt she had been preparing for her whole career and she couldn’t “think of anything I’d rather be doing.” “Carol was very strong and very smart, and I think she drew strength and ability from the fact that she believed this was the right thing to be doing,” said Michael Tharp, her husband of 25 years. last_img

DELIGHTED DONEGAL FAMILY REVEAL HOW THEY WON €500,000 ON €6 LOTTO TICKET

first_imgSweet News shop assistant Brid Coogan celebrates after the shop sold a €500,000 winning Euromillions ticket.The Donegal family who won €500k in last week’s Euromillions draw have come forward – and collected their winnings in Dublin today.They bought their winning €6 QuickPick ticket in Sweet News newsagents’ in KillybegsThe family, who wish to remain anonymous, have played the Euromillions every week for the last 11 years and finally saw their numbers come up, thanks to the Quick Pick ticket.“We won’t have to worry about the next bill,” said the family in a statement issued by National Lottery HQ today. Lotto fever has broken out across the county today as tonight’s Lotto jackpot tops €12 MILLION!And some lottery machines have broken down because of the rush to play the game.Another big winner in Dublin today was a man who picked up prize of €129,700, his Match 5 plus Bonus Lotto prize, from the Lotto draw on Wednesday 23 December 2015.He purchased his ticket in Mulveys House of Gifts, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim on the day of the draw; the ticket was a €12.50 Quick Pick. DELIGHTED DONEGAL FAMILY REVEAL HOW THEY WON €500,000 ON €6 LOTTO TICKET was last modified: January 20th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegslotterywinnerlast_img read more