Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 13 – Cambodian youth volunteer of Asian Cultural Council attended a leadership conference “Providing Vision and Leadership for Nation-Building and Peace”, held in Bangkok, Thailand from 9-12 August 2019, organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

At least 30 participants from Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia; including two special guests from State Parliament of Myanmar and advisor to Cambodia’s second vice-president of the National Assembly attended the conference.

The conference aims to equip Asian Cultural Council youth volunteer with the innovative and bold leadership to effectively address the critical issues in the 21st century; and for them to play a vital role in peace building in families, nations, and world.

During the conference, youth interactively discussed the core Principles of Peace that apply equally to families, societies, nations and the world. These Principles, focusing on sustainable peace building, are rooted in the family and are applicable in every area of life. Youth also learnt theories of peace and nation building from Regional Group Chairman UPF & FFWPU Dr Chung Sik Yong, who spoke about the “Attributes of True Love” and “Become a True Peace Maker”; and Dr. Ursula McLackland “The Importance of Marriage and Family for Society”.

"It is very important for our youth volunteer of Asian Cultural Council and myself to attend and understand the core values of peace and love. Indeed, global peace starts from a true love in each family," stated Uy Samphallarith, advisor to Cambdodia's second vice-president of the National Assembly and head of the delegation.

One point to take home – “True love is a love that seeks to give and forget, to give, forget, and give again; a love that seeks to give, forget, and when it can no longer give, grieves and sheds tears.”

About the UPF

The Universal Peace Federation, founded in 2005, is an international and interfaith network of individuals and entities, including representatives from various governments, parliaments, civil society, the private sector, committed to achieving world peace, freedom, harmony, cooperation, and prosperity.

UPF regularly hosts the International Leadership Conferences and Regional Conference, focusing on the urgent need for new vision and moral leadership, and promote collaboration in resolving the issues.

The first UPF Asia Pacific Summit 2018 was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 30 November to 3 December 2018. The theme of the summit was, “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, and Universal Values”, attended by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, and other regional leaders.

The second UPF Asia Pacific Summit 2019 will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 19-20 November 2019.

About the Asian Cultural Council

The ACC was established in 2018 by the International Conference of Asia Political Parties (ICAPP) and has representation from more than 350 political parties from 52 countries across the region.

ACC is recognized by UNESCO after the tripartite agreement – between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ICAPP, and ACC—was signed on 4 December 2018 in Siem Reap.

"It is a great honor for Cambodia to play critical role in leading the Asian Cultural Council and as the first country in Asia cooperating well with UNESCO in building capacity to be a role model in successfully managing and preserving the heritage of humanity after achieving complete peace, national unity, territorial integrity in the late 1998 through the implementation of Win-Win Policy, the Cambodian historical event that has never existed in the past 500 years." – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, also ACC honorary founding chairman.

ACC commits to promoting synergies between culture, peace, sustainable development, human connectivity, and innovation by building and expanding its partnerships across Asia and beyond.