GLOBAL PEACE CONVENTION 2010 One Family under God: Conflict Resolution, Peace and Development
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga host leaders from 40 nations in Nairobi
Commending the Global Peace Foundation’s advocacy of broad partnerships in peace building, and challenging international delegates “to develop strategies in areas of conflict resolution, peace building, sustainable development, character education and youth empowerment,” Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki officially opened the Global Peace Convention 2010 at the Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi on November 18.
President Kibaki used the occasion to call for stepped up support for peacebuilding efforts in Somalia and Sudan, and was joined by Ethiopian President H.E. Girma Wolde-Giorgis and representatives of the Africa Union. “We must ensure that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement for the Sudan is fully implemented,” President Kibaki said, adding that internal peace was of paramount importance as they determine the future of their country.
Addressing the opening plenary, Prime Minister Raila Odinga said that besides managing conflicts, there was a need to address other root causes of disagreements.
“Kenya is now ripe for takeoff,” he said. “We must not squander the opportunity before us. We must firmly deal with the four great enemies of mankind: poverty, ignorance, disease and bad governance.”
Global Peace Convention 2010
At the opening session of the International Young Leaders Summit, Vice President Kalanzo Musyoka said it is the responsibility of leaders to preach peaceful co-existence among different ethnic communities if a united nation free from tribalism and negative ethnicity is to be realized.
Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, founder and chairman of the Global Peace Foundation, spoke about the vision of One Family under God as a powerful foundation for rising above conflicts based on ethnicity or religion, and as a principle that upheld the human rights and dignity of every individual.
Dr. Moon said that GPF’s approach was unique because “we deliberate on concrete approaches to critical issues through the lens of a common spiritual vision rooted in universal principles and values.” He also congratulated President Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga on Kenya’s new Constitution, signed into law on August 27, saying that the document reflected the collective wisdom of a uniquely African experience. He urged African nations to “preserve the rich spiritual heritage of Africa’s traditional families and cultures as a necessary foundation for its ‘balanced’ social, political and economic development.”
Following President Kibaki’s charge to “leave something behind” at the conclusion of the Convention, GPF committed to a number of initiatives advancing peace and development in Kenya and East Africa. Among them:
- Ongoing GPF impact programs including Character Education and the Character Competency Council, the East Africa Peace Service Corps, and the Rift Valley Peace Initiative;
- Support of the Africa Union in regional peacebuilding and development;
- Further expansion of the Nairobi River Peace Initiative, recognized as a model national conservation by the UN Environment Program;
- The launch of the “1% for Change Initiative” by the Chairman of the Nairobi School Heads Association who has also facilitated a national initiative to create Peace Clubs in schools throughout Kenya.;
- Deployment of the Global Peace Youth Corps to engage young people in peacemaking and socially responsible pursuits.