ART SPEAK FOR PEACE FORUM
Cultural Affairs Director Robert Hayden Jr. represented LPU at the Art Speak for Peace Festival Forum organized by Earthsavers UNESCO Dream Center/Artist for Peace! on May 20-23 in Manila, in conjunction with the UNESCO celebration of International Arts Education Week.
This cultural diplomatic initiative is meant to harness a creative army composed of artists, media leaders, teachers, and social activists as a concretizing force to help prevent war, which could explode in the disputed West Philippine Sea and the divided Korean peninsula. This significant gathering has the blessing of Director General Audrey Azoulay and is undertaken with the support of International Theatre Institute for its 70th anniversary of service.
The result of the meeting will be a declaration on implementing cultural rapprochement through the dynamic, inclusive application of arts and media for promoting peace, as well as popularizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and scientific data for the protection of the ocean as a carbon sink from pollution and overheating of the waters to mitigate further climate change catastrophes. It is also geared to promote understanding of the oceans as global commons to guarantee free unhampered access of the sea lanes with adherence to the Law of the Sea. Arts, likewise, has an inherent therapeutic character to help heal trauma of war victims of conflict and ecological disasters.