Monday, April 18, 2016

UP student represents PHL in int'l peace meet in Geneva

A graduating student from UP Diliman is representing the Philippines in a two-day youth council in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at addressing the global problem of violent extremism.
Arizza Ann S. Nocum, 21, was among the 10 youth leaders from different countries selected by the Kofi Annan Foundation to be at the forefront of its efforts to fight extremism.
Photo courtesy of KRIS Library
"I am excited to bring my experience and background as I collaborate with my fellow delegates in this timely and critical mission," said Nocum before flying to Geneva for the meeting scheduled on April 11 and 12.
"My multi-religious upbringing – my mother being Muslim and my father being Catholic – has made me grow to appreciate peace and has empowered me to work towards more respect and understanding across cultures and religions," she added.
The foundation, created in 2007 by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, is an independent, non-profit organization that seeks to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve peace.
A 5th year student of BS Industrial Engineering, Nocum said her participation in the foundation's program against extremism, along with other youth leaders worldwide, would be a big help in raising awareness of her work in the Philippines and enhancing its impact.
Nocum heads KRIS Library, a non-profit organization that promotes peace through education by building libraries, providing scholarships, and distributing educational materials in areas affected by poverty and conflict. —KBK, GMA News
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