Dr. Junsook Moon, Chairwoman of Global Peace Women on New Women’s Leadership

Women leaders from around the world converge in the Philippines to explore Women’s New Leadership Culture in promoting sustainable peace and development. In her speech, GPW Chair lady, Dr. Junsook Moon highlights the importance of promoting women in their unique roles to advance models of trans-formative leadership and shares Kenya’s mentor-ship program for vulnerable girls in high school as a best practice to promoting women’s contribution to healthy societies.
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Manila, the Philippines Hosts the 7th Convention of Global Peace Foundation

The 2017 Global Peace Convention gathered leaders from 40 countries representing governments, faith institutions, businesses and civil society organizations in Manila, the Philippines on February 28 to advance a common vision for peace and shared prosperity through the theme, “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development.” Hosted by the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) the convention proceedings included inspirational sessions on Interfaith Peacebuilding, Korean Unification, Transforming Education, Youth Leadership and Service, Women’s Leadership Culture, and Global Peace Business and Economy.

In his welcoming remarks at opening plenary,  GPF International President, Mr. James Flynn noted that the convention would focus on global, regional and local issues, guided by the need for moral and innovative leadership in public affairs and civic life. He called for a shared commitment to develop strategies for resolving the critical divisions and persistent poverty and underdevelopment that afflict much of the human family.

The conference was pampered with motivating speeches by former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo and former Guatemala President Vincio Cerezo who both served as co-chairs of the international Host Committee.

Delivering the keynote address, Global Peace Foundation Founder and Chairman Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon emphasized the growing influence and economic dynamism of the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia, and more broadly the importance of the southern hemisphere in the twenty-first century.

Calling the Philippines, “my second home in Asia,” and reminding the assembly that Manila hosted GPF’s first Global Peace Convention in 2009, he movingly paid tribute to the Philippines national motto: Maka-Diyos, maka-tao, maka-kalikasan, at maka-bansa, “For the love of God, people, nature and country.”
Recognizing that such an uplifting ideal did not well describe contemporary world affairs, Dr. Moon said that the convention theme, “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development” was timely and relevant not only in the context of the United Nations campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 but in the human quest “for genuine peace based on liberty, individual rights and just governance.”

“The year 2016 was certainly one of considerable turmoil, challenge and change,” the GPF chairman said.

“Failed top down models and the status quo are giving way to the rise of populist movements that champion the concerns of those who feel left out or overrun in rapidly changing social landscapes.

“We urgently need a unifying vision; we need to recognize the vital importance of the self-evident, transcendent truths that define our common humanity; and we need to build consensus around shared values to undergird the creation of vibrant, prosperous, ethical societies.

Dr. Moon then presented the case of the divided Korean peninsula, and the threat the division posed not only to the South, but to Asia and the world. Referencing his recent book Korean Dream, he cited three major prerequisites to realizing the dream of one united Korea.

  • First, shared vision based on universal principles, specifically the historic ethic familiar to all Koreans, called Hongik Ingan.
  • Second, the extended family as a fundamental institution providing order, stability and continuity in human relations.
  • And third, a welcoming spiritual environment, which he credited to Korean society and heritage, enabling Koreans to invite and adopt all the major religious traditions from around the world. Significantly, he added, “religion was not separate from governance but, instead, informed it.”

He also observed that a bottom-up approach which tapped into the self-reliant spirit and community resilience of the Korean people to building national identity, was essential to South Korea’s rise from abject poverty after the Korean War.  “Civil society organizations can serve as important catalysts for change,” he noted, adding that technology and social media could ignite the spark of freedom in repressive societies like North Korea.

Thanking the many grass roots leaders who have invested in community impact programs, Dr. Moon concluded, “This seventh Global Peace Convention reflects the most promising models of peace and development forging a greater force for good that can transform the thunderclouds of warring tensions around us to a new era uplifting our common humanity. Let us unleash this renaissance of character, service, enterprise, scholarship and peace for the good of our world.”

Video: GPF Chairman Key Note Address

 

Global Peace Convention Gala Awards

The Global Peace Awards Gala was stream LIVE on Ustream on March 1 at 2pm EAT time.

The Global Peace Awards honor government, civil society and faith leaders whose exemplary efforts have significantly improved the lives of others. Global Peace Awards underscore the importance of moral and innovative leadership, an ethic of public service, and a willingness to transcend boundaries of religion, ethnicity, culture and nationality in advancing the ideal of One Family under God. Challenging conditions that limit human potential and social development, award winners demonstrate lives of integrity and a sustained commitment to realizing a world of peace.

Global Peace Convention 2017 Schedule

Note: Interfaith Contemplative Morning Prayer/Meditation Session from 2:30 to 2:50am, Feb. 28-Mar. 3 at Executive 8&10 Muslim Prayer Room available all day from Feb. 28 to Mar. 3 at Executive 1

3:30am-4:00am          Opening Exhibit (Grand Ballroom D)

4:00am – 6:30am     (Plenary I) Opening Plenary (Grand Ballroom)

12:00pm-1:30pm       Welcome Luncheon sponsored by Philippine Tourism Promotions Board (Manila Ballroom) Invitation Only

7:15am-7:45am     Press Conference (Grand Ballroom D)

9:00am – 10:30am       (Plenary II)  Global Strategic Priorities Plenary (Grand Ballroom)

Peace and Security in Northeast Asia: One Dream One Korea

Vision and Values Toward a Shared Future: addressing identity conflict and violent extremism

11:00am – 12:30pm       Concurrent Sessions:

6:00pm – 7:00pm       Business Forum: VIP Networking Reception sponsored by Emperador (Diplomatic Hall Foyer)

Wednesday, March 1         Day 2

4:00am – 7:00am     Global Peace Youth Assembly (Ceremonial Hall)

4:00 – 4:40  Opening Session 

   4:45 – 5:40   New Models for Peace

   5:45 – 6:40 am New Models for Development

   6:45 am-7:00 am Call to Action

4:00am – 5:30am     Concurrent Sessions:

6:00am – 7:30 am (EAT)  Concurrent Sessions:

7:00am – 8:30am (EAT)   Corporate CSR Lunch:  Partnering for 2030 Impact chaired by IBM (By Invitation-Only) (VIP West A&B)

9:00am – 10:30am

(EAT) Concurrent Sessions:

9:00am – 1:00pm       Global Service Forum:

       9:00 am – 10:30 am Global Service Forum Opening (Ceremonial Hall)

       Working Together to Achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations, Youth and
Multi-stakeholders

      11:00 am – 12.30 pm Concurrent Working Sessions

12:40 pm – 1:00pm (EAT) Conclusion Session (Ceremonial Hall)

11:00am – 12:30pm (EAT)  Concurrent Sessions:

12:30pm – 2:00pm (EAT) Business to Business Matching (Diplomatic Hall)

1:00pm – 2:00pm (EAT)      Reception (Grand Ballroom D)

2:00pm – 4:00pm (EAT)      2017 Global Peace Awards Gala (Grand Ballroom)

  • Strengthening Families Awardee: Dr. Nona S. Ricafort, Former Commissioner, Commission of Higher Education
  • Innovative Scholarship for Peace Awardee: Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, Founder, Heritage Foundation
  • Exemplary & Innovative Philanthropy Awardee: Diane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM
  • Good Governance Awardee: H.E. Nicolás Ardito Barletta Vallarino, Ph.D, Former President, Panama
  • Outstanding Service Awardee: Dr. Marco E. Roncarati, Social Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, United Nations ESCAP
  • Interfaith Leadership Awardee 1: Sheikh Hailru Abdullahi Maraya, Special Adviser, Kaduna State Governor on Islam and Hajj Matter 
  • Interfaith Leadership Awardee 2: Rev. John Joseph Hayab, Secretary General, Christian Association of Nigeria’s Kaduna state office
  • Cultural Peace Awardee: Keiko Kobayashi, Chair, JUN AI World Peace Foundation

Thursday, March 2             Day 3

4:00 am -5:30 am           Concurrent Sessions:

  • Youth Leadership Training (Executive 11&12)

6:00-7:30 am  (EAT)    (Plenary III) Global Peace Foundation’s Major Initiatives (Grand Ballroom)

7:30 – 8:45am      (EAT)        Global Peace Women Networking Lunch (Invitation Only) (VIP WEST A&B)

9:00-10:30 pm   (EAT)              (Plenary IV) Closing Plenary (Grand Ballroom)

2:00 pm  (EAT)             ONE K Global Peace Concert: ONE DREAM ONE WORLD (SM Mall of Asia Arena)

Friday, March 3                     Day 4

4:00 – 7:00am (EAT)     IBM Leadership Training (Executive 11&12)

5:00 am– 12:00pm (EAT)   Peacebuilding Workshop (Executive 8&10)

8:00 am – 2:00pm  (EAT)    Global Youth Summit (SM Mall of Asia Arena)

GPF Project Site Visit            (upon prior registration)

Sightseeing                 (registration at the hotel)

Global Peace Convention Live Stream Schedule

You can watch LiveStreamed sessions HERE.

The following sessions of the Global Peace Convention will be Live Streamed.

  • February 28 Plenary I :4:30am – 6:30am (EAT)
  • February 28 Plenary II: 9:00am – 10:30am (EAT)
  • March 1 Global Peace Awards Gala: 2:00pm (EAT)
  • March 2 Plenary III: 6:00am – 7:30am (EAT)
  • March 2 Closing Plenary: 4:00am – 10:30pm (EAT)
Global Peace Foundation 2016 Year in Review Video

Global Peace Foundation 2016 Year in Review Video

In 2016 we made significant strides in advancing innovative values-based approaches to peacebuilding trough ideals in peace and security, transforming education and service and development.

Click the photo above to view what we accomplished in 2016 with our robust global network of partners and supporters.

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.

incerely,

 

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 kenya@globalpeace.org

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

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.