The World Youth Parliament celebrated the
IV International Plenary Session on Forgiveness in China
One hundred young people descended upon Peking, China from August 6th to August 11th, for the international plenary session of the World Youth Parliament (WYP) on the topic, “A Journey called Forgiveness; Interpersonal Relationships: Keys for a New Civilization.” They represented Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. For the past few years, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) has been interested in this project organized by Idente Youth International and sponsored by the Fernando Rielo Foundation. The CPAFFC hosted the event in China, thereby taking advantage of this unique opportunity for intercultural dialogue that brings together the lives of thousands of young people from all over the world.
Starting in 2014, about 3,000 youth worked on the topic of forgiveness as a key to all types of relationships. One hundred of these approximately 3,000 young people traveled to China this summer. In the WYP international plenary sessions, representatives of various countries came together to collect the contributions of each and every country that worked on the project. Additionally, they composed a manifest that embraced the experiences of all the young persons. In order to compose the final document, the young people of WYP followed a unique methodology titled, “Field of Ideas”. At its core, is the following: the more a person wishes to sustain the strength of an idea, the more they sustain the positive elements of the ideas of others. This is accomplished through a series of rules and guidelines for parliamentary dialogue which the participants work to follow. These are simple rules, yet are not easy to follow. They help to avoid tensions, useless or unpleasant debate, and, primarily, creates an experience in and from peace. Thanks to this truly collegial collaboration and starting with the ideas of others, a sense of unity is achieved, founded in ideas that evolve, are creative, and cooperative. This creates an environment conducive to listening, encounter, respect, and personal commitment to make decisions and create proposals together.
Its worldwide journey began in 2009 in Rome. Afterwards, it took place in 2010 in the United Nations Headquarters in NY, where the “Magna Carta of Values for a New Civilization” was presented. In 2014, at Humboldt University in Berlin, the Magna Carta on the School of Hope was presented.
The WYP was designed in 1981 by Fernando Rielo Pardal, whom also founded Idente Youth. It is a permanent forum for dialogue and for the elaboration of ideas, where young people from around the world share their reflections and worries regarding important topics of human coexistence. Its purpose: to restore humanity, beginning with oneself. The fact that this last plenary session was held in China is a sign of WYP’s universality: one hundred young people from different parts of the world whom have shared the richness of the humanity that unites them.