New Year’s Message From International President, James Flynn

Dear Partner in Peacebuilding,

As we welcome this new year of 2017, I would like to personally thank you for your inspiring commitment to building global peace and prosperity for all. Despite the many challenges and much turmoil around the world in 2016, in every corner of the globe, we find examples of heroic men and women striving to uplift their communities, nations, and indeed the entire human family. Such examples remind us that when we join together for the greater good, and tap the power of the human spirit, we can overcome even the most daunting circumstances.

From one perspective, it appears that our world is becoming more divided and polarized than ever before. We now have unprecedented access to news and information about each other, whether current events in real time or mountainous data on our attitudes and preferences.  With an acute focus on our differences, we can often forget our fundamental connectedness.

At Global Peace Foundation, we believe a shared future is within our reach, and that our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establish the basis for sustainable peace. 

The most essential human experiences are of family, no matter one’s race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, etc. All of us know that members of a family may differ – on personal preferences and even convictions about politics and religion – yet share a fundamental connectedness. People everywhere easily relate to the notion of the “human family.”

The diverse faith and wisdom traditions of the world affirm a conviction that we are one – that our common humanity draws us together because our human nature finds its fullest expression and meaning in relation to others. A vision that points toward a shared future based on our common humanity – as expressed in the simple yet profound phrase “one family under God” – is more compelling and relevant than ever before.

At Global Peace Foundation, we believe a shared future is within our reach, and that our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establish the basis for sustainable peace. Our work in over 20 countries builds broad awareness of the central importance of universal principles and shared values as the basis for social cohesion and peacebuilding. We implement programs that apply this vision and demonstrate the efficacy of this values-based approach.  The following “2016 Year in Review” provides a brief synopsis of our recent programs and progress.

This year, let us strive to find the deeper basis of our interconnectedness, and to more deeply understand the meaning and application of “unity in diversity.” What can we do within our families, within our communities, to contribute to the greater good? What can we do together to advance a movement for global peace?

May 2017 bring many advances in our collective efforts to serve the greater good. Best wishes to you and your family for a peaceful and prosperous new year.



James P. Flynn

International President

Global Peace Foundation

Global Peace Convention 2017

Global Peace Foundation is organizing for the 2017 Global Peace Convention in Manila, Philippines from 28 Feb – 3 Mar 2017. The conference will convene a diverse community of peace building practitioners, youth leaders and experts in business, international development and education for a unique opportunity to explore critical global issues, share best practices, and develop innovative and action-driven solutions to building peace and social cohesion while strengthening robust multi-stakeholder partnerships.

We shall be sending a delegation from Kenya to participate during the conference and share best practices. Candidates will have a platform to interact and connect with practitioners who have exemplified in various areas among them technology, education, leadership, business etc.

Interested candidates are encouraged to register through GPC 2017 online registration platform (here) For more information send us an email via

GPC 2017 tracks include:

Transforming Education

Schools are called upon to provide youth with a relevant education needed to ensure that graduates are ready to succeed and prosper in the workplace, build healthy and resilient families, and contribute to economic development and social stability.

Global competencies such as character, critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, collaboration, and problem solving must be prioritized in education to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive and interdependent global society.

Experts estimate that intangibles such as integrity, respect, resilience, conscientiousness, creativity, and innovation account for some 80 percent how successful a young person will be in life and work. 

Innovative education approaches are an investment in a peaceful world for future generations. By placing priority on “life success” instead of “test success,” a reformed education policy can enable youth to graduate as productive, engaged citizens with a stake in society, motivated to fulfill his or her potential in the home, workplace, community and global society. For detailed sessions summary and schedule on transforming education track Read More

 Youth Leadership and Service

The Global Forum on Youth Leadership and Service for Peace and Development will bring together global partners and stakeholders to assess progress, priorities and best practices in meeting sustainable development goals. The Forum will advance an action agenda to engage youth in cross-cultural service to encourage entrepreneurship, promote opportunity and counter the appeal of violent extremism.  Read More

Interfaith Peace Building

As divisions between nations, religions, and political affiliations have increasingly polarized the human family, there is urgent need for leadership with moral authority to bridge divides and build solidarity that can foster peace and prosperity for all humanity. Toward that end, leaders of the world’s faith and wisdom traditions have a shared responsibility to transcend religious divides and work collaboratively to build ethical, just and cohesive societies.  As Dr. Hans Kung, co-author of Towards a Declaration of a Global Ethic, noted, “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions.” Read More

Women’s Leadership Culture

The Women’s Leadership Culture track sessions examine how women play a critical leadership role in both building sustainable peace and strengthening families in their communities around the world.

The track has five sessions, including a panel of influential women leaders who promote the theme of peacebuilding in diverse professional fields; a workshop on best leadership practices and strategies; a networking opportunity to build long-lasting international partnerships; a film-screening that exemplifies a woman-initiated cultural peacebuilding movement; and a special training program to develop healthy relationships as a fundamental peacebuilding and leadership skill. Participants will gain insights into a more holistic understanding of women’s leadership and explore practices to implement in their families and communities. For more information about this track Read More

Global Peace Economic and Business Forum

Violent conflict and instability disrupt markets and societies. In 2014, global economic losses due to violent conflict amounted to over US$9.8 trillion. . . . Businesses can be a powerful convener for bringing people together across national and cultural lines. They can create relationships based on a shared sense of identity and purpose, overcoming differences that, in the wider society, are more difficult to surmount. —UN Global Compact

Business leaders, government officials, NGO leaders, and entrepreneurs will examine the often unrecognized role of private sector business in poverty reduction, sustainable development, and regional stability, particularly highlighting emerging markets in Southeast Asia, in a series of forums at the 2017 Global Peace Convention. Read More

Korean Reunification

The Declaration of One Korea and global campaign for One Korea is such a significant approach. The Declaration was introduced by One Korea Foundation in coalition with the Global Peace Foundation on August 15, 2015, the seventieth anniversary of the liberation and division of Korea.  Since then, more than 40,000 people have supported it.

The Declaration and vision of a unified Korea is grounded in the ideal of Hongik Ingan, an ancient ethic to “live for the benefit of humanity” that forms the ethos of the Korean people. Korea experts will explore this principle and ideal and discuss its practical application as a preamble of an eventual new Constitution for One Korea and a model of governance elsewhere in the world in twenty first century. Read More

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HE. Amb. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, IGAD Interview on KTN, World View

Amb. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD gives facts on Regional Conflicts in Africa and shares the role of IGAD in peacebuilding. This is part of media sensitization of the National Peace Initiative by various stakeholders to address peaceful coexistence ahead of the 2017 general elections in Kenya. He shares IGAD’s commitment in preventing post election violence in Kenya.