PROMOTING PEACE, SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN EAST AFRICA: A Call to Moral and Innovative Leadership
The East African region has witnessed an alarming rise of intra-state and interstate conflicts in recent decades. Each of these has taken a huge toll in terms of human lives lost, the suffering of refugees and internally displaced people, and the destruction of the social fabric, physical infrastructure, and natural resources of the region, in particular within its coastal strip.
In response to this grave challenge to the security and welfare of East Africa’s peoples, the Global Peace Foundation in partnership with the Government of Zanzibar, the East African Community and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, will convene a Global Peace Leadership Conference, Promoting Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in East Africa,” from July 21-25, 2015 in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
This timely and important gathering of top government, religious and business leaders and other influential public figures, including eight former African presidents, will convene at the exclusive Melia Hotel, one of East Africa’s premiere conference facilities.
GPLC East Africa brings together politicians, religious leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs, women and youth leaders from the region to advance strategies to reduce conflict, build social cohesion, and promote ethical governance through moral and innovative leadership.
Leaders from the public and private sector and faith communities will consider best practices and proven models that advance social and political stability, guided by the vision of One Family under God.
The conference will build on the foundation of GPF’s robust track record in peace building, youth leadership development, and extensive partnership networks and will focus on:
Moral and innovative leadership
Identity-based conflict reduction with interfaith partnerships
Youth entrepreneurship, leadership, and service
Improved interfaith collaboration that will mitigate identity-based violence and extremism.
Regional partnership linkages between East Africa and Middle East nations for strategic cooperation in peace-building, trade development and social cohesion.
Increased commitment to regional stability and economic progress that empowers young leaders in the region.
Enhanced contributions to regional integration and progress toward sustainable development goals and peace by young leaders.