[Press Release] Annually on March 12, we gather as A Peace Building Commonwealth. One who works “Towards a Common Future”.
A future which yields sustainable development and addresses global challenges as we work in unison to promote safety, prosperity and fairness.
The Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) prides its self on the core values of Commonwealth “Democracy, Peace and Security, Freedom of Expression, Separation of Powers, Good Governance, Tolerance, Respect and Understanding, Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter, Protecting the Environment, The importance of Young People in the Commonwealth and the role of Civil Society” as we continue to put forward a call to action so as to address issues which plague the youth population.
At CYPAN, we understand that the ever changing status quo calls for fundamental rethinking if we are to allow one the opportunity to thrive peacefully and subsequently contribute to sustainable development in this fast paced – ever changing environment.
As we continue to make great strides, we have adopted a “paradigm shift”, redirecting and refocusing all priorities, moving away from the youth versus perpetrator dichotomy. We have created a platform through forums, workshops and community focused activities, building partnerships with local, regional and international organizations, communities and the cooperate society. Since then young people has raised their voice, providing their take on key issues which affect youth and the wider Saint Lucia, also providing solutions to curb these issues.
In an effort to celebrate Commonwealth Day 2018, the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors in partnership with World Peace Initiative (Peace Revolution) will host a series of mindfulness workshops across the Caribbean. The Saint Lucian leg of this Caribbean Tour will run from April 17th – April 20th, under the theme “A Commonwealth of Nations; we remain mindful, as we work towards a common future for peace and sustainable development.”
The beneficiaries of this tour from Saint Lucia are as follows;
– South Castries Youth and Sports Council
– Saint Lucia Boys Training Centre
– United and Strong
– Caribbean Youth Environment Network – Saint Lucia Chapter
– CAM Dancers
This Commonwealth Day we also ask that as a Commonwealth of Nations we remain mindful;
– Of the very situations which leads to a resolve for frustrations. We are trained by our wounds and in most instances would require non judgmental support and guidance throughout difficult journeys;
– Of the importance of maintaining a sincere heart, being patient, earnest – change agents who serve as a building bloc throughout the process;
– Of the very much abandoned traditions which were handed down to us, bringing back the family structure as anything can be accomplished when there is harmony in the home;
– Of the caliber of leaders, understanding their priorities and providing much assistance to those who spearhead initiatives for further cohesion;
– Of the key principles of unity as we strive to build sustainable communities, building community resilience;
– Of the importance of being united as we cannot pass a divided land onto our youth. We are to adopt core morals, principles and love peace so as to restore the sovereignty of our people.
– Of what is fundamentally important, aligning ourselves with the laws of the land, being a civilized society who embraces transformation which opens the way to a new era.
The Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network would like to congratulate the Saint Lucia National Youth Council, and by extension other youth led organizations throughout Saint Lucia for their contribution towards youth participation on a national, regional and international level – as engagement and opportunity is key in peace building.