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Global Peace Convention 2010

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

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki  addresses international delegates at the opening
plenary on November 18. 

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

  • More than 1,000 participants from 40 nations attended the Global Peace Convention and International Young Leaders Summit in Nairobi, November 17-20, 2010.
  • Seven current and former heads  of state and prime ministers attended the Convention.
  • Envoys  from H.E. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia, and H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, delivered messages of support.
  • Seventeen Cabinet ministers attended together with senior officials from their departments.
  • The Convention advanced action steps to address identity-based conflict, the role of faith leaders in peacebuilding, microfinance and community-driven development, and character training as a critical component of responsible citizenship.

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.”   

From left, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, President Mwai Kibaki, Global Peace Foundation Chairman Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, Vice President Kalanzo Musyoka, and Nigerian Minister of State Labaran Maku on the grounds of the Kenyatta International Conference Center.

Ongoing Projects  

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.   
The Global Peace Foundation has expanded its work to include initiatives in education, community development, environmental restoration and conflict mitigation.