GPFF’s annual Global Peace Convention is a preeminent, world-level platform to share best practices and develop collaborative strategies in areas of education, health care, environmental sustainability, community-driven development, and conflict resolution, guided by a vision of One Family under God. The Global Peace Convention advances innovative responses to the challenges of conflict and underdevelopment by drawing upon the expertise of government, faith-based, and civil society partners, and by involving stakeholders from affected regions.
Grounded in a comprehensive, values-based approach that recognizes the fundamental rights as well as responsibilities of all people, the Global Peace Convention presents a vision for peace and social progress that reflects the highest human aspirations.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES At the first Global Peace Convention in December 2009, five hundred leaders from twenty eight nations assembled in Manila, the Philippines, to present cutting-edge approaches to providing critical-care, building public and private-sector partnerships, and marshalling sustainable responses to underdevelopment.
A delegation of 134 leaders traveled to war-torn Mindanao on a fact-finding mission, where they observed firsthand the efforts of GPFF’s Mindanao Peace Initiative to bring warring factions into dialogue and reconciliation. Long-term peace-building and economic development initiatives have since taken root, supporting Christians, Muslims and indigenous peoples with model agriculture and aquaculture projects to foster sustainable livelihoods.
NAIROBI, KENYA More than a thousand delegates from forty nations, including seven current and former heads of state and prime ministers, attended the Global Peace Convention and International Young Leaders Summit in Nairobi in November 2010. Kenyan society suffered convulsions of ethnic violence after the disputed 2007 presidential elections, and the Convention as well as GPFF grassroots projects emphasized a new sense of Kenyan citizenship and an ethic of service.
The Convention, which followed the historic ratification of a new Constitution in Kenya, highlighted multi-sector partnerships that have undertaken large-scale restoration of the endangered Nairobi River and implemented educational and sports programs in areas particularly beset by ethnic conflict. These efforts are creating an environment of peace transcending tribal identity as a model for Africa in the twenty-first century. The Convention and Festival won the significant backing Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, who served as Patron of the Convention, and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who served as Patron of the Global Peace Festival.
SEOUL, KOREA The 2011 Global Peace Convention in Seoul, Korea drew scholars, religious leaders, policy makers and development experts from 28 nations who explored collaborative approaches to reunification of the Korean peninsula and to regional peace. The Convention specifically considered the role of the business community in fostering regional peace through trade and cooperation in areas of energy, transportation and the environment.
Diverse faith leaders met to find a shared ethical basis for collaboration in reconciling divisions in Korea and meeting urgent humanitarian needs. The Seoul Convention also hosted a roundtable of legislators from China, Russia, Japan, North and South Korea, and the United States. This forum enabled national parliamentarians to debate issues and gain perspective on policy issues that transcend national boundaries.