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Global Peace Convention 2017 Press

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Below is the Media Release for the Global Peace Convention issuse on February 24, 2017. The pdf version can be downloaded here


Global Peace Convention 2017:

Brings shared values back to business

Showcases Leading International Experts and Practitioners

in Sustainable Peace and Development


Manila, 24 February 2017.

“I feel the urgency for a new generation of global leaders to make their mark in history,” says, Hyun Jin Preston Moon, Global Peace Foundation chairman. With more than 600 million people, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) represents one of the most dynamic economic blocs in the world. Opportunities are challenged by on-going conflict and underdevelopment. 


The Global Peace Convention 2017 from February 28 to March 3, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City will bring together business leaders, government officials, NGO and student leaders, and entrepreneurs to examine the role of business in poverty reduction, sustainable development, regional stability, particularly highlighting emerging markets in South-East Asia. A combination of plenary and concurrent sessions will offer an opportunity for participants to contribute, learn and collaborate towards a collective impact for sustainable peace and development.


“Moral and innovative leadership, first, has to promote a ‘greater good’ that can benefit the larger society, nation and world. Secondly, it has to harness mankind’s natural creative need to advance and develop the human condition. Extraordinary men and women have propelled humanity forward by surmounting the religious, societal, and legal constraints of their time, and has thus brought greater advances and freedoms to the modern world,” adds Chairman Moon.


Operating on the theme “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development,” this year’s GPC will be a global platform to discuss critical problems and develop innovative strategies, projects and initiatives that empower the youth, support interfaith peace-building endeavors, strengthen the role of women and create stabilizing peace at the workplace, among others. 


Expected to be part of the opening ceremony are foreign dignitaries, leading global experts, thought leaders, and practitioners who are more than willing to share their best practices and develop multisector partnerships for sustainable peace and development and the achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.


Supporting Key Events

On March 1, 2017, the Global Peace Awards will also honor government, business and faith leaders whose commitment to achieving peace and development has significantly improved the lives of others.


While on the evening of March 2, GPC 2017 will have the “One Dream One Korea” campaign in a star-studded K-pop concert at the MOA Arena.  This campaign, launched in 2015, is part of a popular movement for Korean unification and contributes to a larger effort to advance regional peace and global security.


On the final day of GPC, the 2017 Global Youth Summit will draw thousands of inspired young delegates to Manila to participate in sessions that address themes and issues that impact the youth like technology, environment, public policy advocacy and education. The Summit will provide a space for the youth to develop a leadership skills set that is globally-oriented and innovative.


Chairman Moon says, “Global Peace Convention 2017 will respond to the urgent realities of underdevelopment and through the engagement of leaders and resource persons from the government and private sector, tap into the creative process of the peace-loving global community to unleash innovative approaches towards true peace and development.”


It is almost ten years when the GPC first laid its foundations in Manila.  “The past years have been laden with memorable experiences and lessons learned that will enrich this year’s discussions,” says, James P. Flynn, GPF International President. This year’s supporting partners include Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (CCPI), European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), Department of Education (DepEd), All Nations Women Group, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Hands On Manila and SM Cares.


“It’s good to back this time in Manila packed with earned wisdom and best practices that should raise the pursuit of global peace and development to a whole new level,” adds Flynn.


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About GPF - The Global Peace Foundation is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-profit organization, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peace-building.  Its work in 23 countries is progressing with support from government, business, the faith, community, educational institutions, industry and commerce and a corps of committed volunteers. Each year, GPF’s strong field network reaches more than 235,000 people through programs and projects across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.