Towards a Sustainable Peace through Active Nonviolence in Asia and the Pacific, a Pax Christi International regional consultation, 27 Nov-1 Dec 2017

 

Pax Christi International will join our member organisations in the Asia-Pacific region for a regional consultation from 27 November to 1 December in the Philippines. The consultation will take place in Manila, hosted by Pax Christi Pilipinas, and include member organisations and representatives from Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Philippines, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Thailand and the Republic of Korea. The consultation is entitled, "Towards a Sustainable Peace through Active Nonviolence in Asia and the Pacific".

The consultation will include keynote presentations and workshops, small group discussion and activities, exposure visits, and trainings.

As the consultation continues, we will endeavour to post items gleaned from our days together on this page. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook via #APpeace.

DAY ONE, Monday, 27 November 2017

DAY TWO, Tuesday, 28 November 2017

DAY THREE, Wednesday, 29 November 2017

DAY FOUR, Thursday, 30 November 2017

DAY FIVE, Friday, 1 December 2017

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PROJECT SUMMARY

Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement with 120 member organisations worldwide that promotes peace, active nonviolence, respect for human rights, justice, and reconciliation throughout the world. Our main goal is to create and enhance cultures of peace, active nonviolence, and reconciliation. Pax Christi International is committed to the practice of active nonviolence on the road to just peace, and promotes nonviolent practices and strategies among its members as a key common element.

Pax Christi International’s mission of building cultures of peace and nonviolence was greatly strengthened by the landmark conference on nonviolence and just peace, co-sponsored with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Rome in April 2016, and its resulting Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI), which aims to shift the Catholic Church to become the biggest promoter of active nonviolence in the world.

We are now bringing the work of the CNI to our member organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. This effort coincides with our existing commitment to strengthen our networks through a regionalisation process. Pax Christi International will convene leaders of our Asia-Pacific member organisations with other potential partner organisations from the region for a unique regional consultation to share nonviolence strategies for the region and to look at what kind of regional structures are needed in the Asia-Pacific region for the Pax Christi movement to be more effective in our mission of promoting cultures of peace and active nonviolence.

BACKGROUND

Pax Christi International has a longstanding and active presence in the Asia-Pacific region with 15 member organisations in nine countries. Over the last two years, our International Secretariat developed a comprehensive mapping to better understand the capacities and expectations of our worldwide member organisations. Member organisations in Asia-Pacific showed a remarkably high level of engagement towards the strengthening of our Pax Christi Asia-Pacific network. Their preferred networks are the ones that are built around a specific geographic area and on shared advocacy priorities.

ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

The Asia and Pacific region is a region of great ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity. Many nation-states in the region exist as by-products of Western empire colonialism. It is only after the Second World War that many of these nations gained independence. Many struggle with the long-lasting effects of colonisation: gross inequality and poverty, environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources, ethnic and religious conflict, prejudice and intolerance, weak governance institutions and corruption, and militarisation and weapons proliferation, to name a few.

The postcolonial shift in global relations, i.e. the transition from Empire to post-independence and post-decolonization, brings to the fore the questions:

  • How does a spirituality of peace develop in countries where religion itself might have been an instrument of colonial power and control?
  • How do non-indigenous religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church, or other Christian denominations, help to undo the damage wreaked by colonisation?

PROGRAMME

Workshops for the programme include: Conflict Analysis in Asia-Pacific, Imaging Peace, and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through Our Work on the Ground, a major training funded by UNESCO and led by our Senior Advocacy Officer Alice Kooij Martinez.

Panel discussions led by representatives of member organisations, partners and Pax Christi International Secretariat staff include: Nurturing Indigenous Spirituality; Challenging Affluence, Overcoming Poverty; Living in Harmony with the Earth-Combating Climate Change and Ensuring Sustainable Use of Natural Resources; Promoting Peaceful Societies: Towards a World without War; and Promoting Gender Equality and Human Rights for All.

 

Asia-Pacific, regional consultation, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals