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 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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GPF Kenya, Executive Director, Interview on KTN Life & Style

GPF Kenya, Executive Director, Interview on KTN Life & Style

1st Dec 2016 – Mr. Daniel Juma, Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya, shares GPF’s best practices on KTN’s Life & Style to address youth unemployment and peaceful co-existence in Kenya ahead of the 2017 general elections.

Global Peace Foundation Kenya recently held a stakeholders meeting that brought together development agencies, embassies, the business community and others to explore a National Peace Initiative to promote peace and stir economic development in the country.

2016 International Peace Day Celebrations

On 21st September 2016, The Global Peace Foundation Kenya joined other partners including the County Government of Mombasa, The National Ferry Services and the Yaris Institute of Business Studies in celebrating the 2016 International Day of Peace at an event held in Mombasa.  Speaking during the event, the Executive Director of the Global Peace Foundation Kenya who was the Guest of Honor in the event organized by the One Nation Under God Pwani branch emphasized on the need to strengthen families and youth empowerment as a way of enhancing resilience against terrorism and youth radicalization in the coastal region of Kenya.
 
The event was covered and aired several times in the Swahili service of Barak FM and Pwani TV as in the link below;

“ONUG” Campaign sets the pace to build community resilience against political tensions in Kenya

The violence that followed the 2007 elections threatened Kenya’s social, economic and political stability. Further mediation by the African Union mediation team lead by Kofi Annan deterred the catastrophe giving Kenyans hope for the future.

The elections that followed in 2013 presented a more complex and challenging situation but were largely peaceful. This was mainly attributed by the efforts and support made by the government, private sector and NGO’s through peace initiatives like the 2013 National Youth Summit that was held in Nairobi. Organized by Brand Kenya Board in collaboration with IGAD and Global Peace Foundation and other partners the summit included a forum on peace and leadership development for 2000 youth from various parts of the country. It was preceded by 8 regional forums that brought young accountable leaders from all the 47 counties.

Consequently, in 2017 Global Peace Foundation has set the pace for other civil society organizations to come together and implement a national peace campaign through a collective impact approach to build resilience among youth against political incitement and violence ahead of the 2017 general elections.  The campaign dabbed “One Nation Under God” will inspire youth to be agents of change and remind them of their responsibility to build this nation. This was agreed during the Muthaiga Luncheon for stakeholders that was held on Monday 26th September, 2016 by Global Peace Foundation Kenya courtesy of Dr. Manu Chandaria. The meeting constituted participation of various government agencies, CSO’s and international organizations. Among them included Brand Kenya Board, IGAD-CEWARN, European Union, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), US Embassy, DANIDA, Sweden Embasy, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), National Counter terrorism Unit, Administration Service Police and others.

Speaking during the luncheon Dr. Manu Chandaria, patron and chairman of Global Peace Foundation Kenya informed on the importance of running the campaign citing that political tension and negative ethnicity was highly rising in the country.

“We are heading to the 2017 general elections and the political fear is very high. Tribalism is also on the rise. The One Nation under God Campaign is timely and should avert this,” said Dr. Chandaria.

The Executive Director for Global Peace Foundation Kenya, Mr. Daniel Juma highlighted the unfortunate stereotype of tension among Kenyans during elections is passed by time.

It is our constitutional requirement to hold elections after every five years. We need to mature as a country and stop killing each other because of elections,” said Juma ”The One Nation under God Campaign is a platform for our young peace to build resilience against political incitement. Elections will come and go, politicians will come and go but this country will remain,” he added.

In her remarks Ms. Mary Luseka, Ag. Director at Brand Kenya Board emphasized on the need to protect our social fabric to attract investors for economic growth.

We cannot rebuild after every other five years. Kenya has evolved in terms of hardware but there is still need to build our software. We appreciate below the line campaigns like GPF’s that correct us below the raider,” said Ms. Mary Luseka.

Dr. Mark Leleruk from the Administration Service Police expressed his commitment to the program.

“We are ready to work with Civil Society Organizations, in the year 2008 when Kenya was burning we worked with GPF and gave hope to Kenyans,” said Dr. Leleruk, “Elections is an opportunity for us to choose our leaders not to kill each other and divide along ethnic lines” he concluded.

Media report:

The event was covered by standard newspaper and KTN News. Find the Links below

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