SEPTEMBER 5TH SUMMIT AT U.N. HEADQUARTERS

HIGH LEVEL ROUNDTABLE FORUM 2 TURNING SWORDS INTO PLOUGHSHARES  PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM BY DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF PEACE AND IMPLEMENTING THE SDG'S Through National Legislation

Presented Within the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures In the framework of the U N Resolution on Promotion of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace

UN Headquarters/ September 5, 2019

2019 HIGH LEVEL ROUNDTABLE FORUM AT U.N. HEADQUARTERS

IPCGE www.ipcge.net

THE GLOBAL INSTITUTE & ALLIANCE FOR PEACE BEYOND BORDERS
Hosted by the Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations
Conference Room 11/ United Nations Headquarters
September 5, 2019/ 15:00

Concept and Background:

The U.N. SDG's encompass ethics inherent in many cultures and religions on issues of social and environmental justice. Item 16 of the SDG's calls for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics has launched a major initiative to create a global steering committee of parliamentarians, religious, education and cultural representatives to lead the efforts to harness cultural and religious ethics to promote legislation and social action to implement these goals.

A written declaration issued at the most recent plenary session of the Council of Europe, June 2019, supports the initiative of the Inter Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics (IPCGE) and " calls upon" the Assembly to support the initiative of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics as a strategic partner to promote implementation of the United Nations resolutions on the culture of peace and the SDGs through: national legislation in Council of Europe and United Nations member States for mandatory education on the culture of peace and the SDGs at all levels of education, and strict legislative measures to prevent incitement to extremist violence and terrorism

As a follow up to the 2016 High Level Panel and 2018 Summit of Parliamentarians at the United Nations, the Rome Declaration issued 7th of March 2019 and the Isaiah Declaration issued May 7 at the United Nations Headquarter and the Paris Declaration issued May 21 in Paris, the Inter Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics is initiating a High Level Roundtable at the United Nations Headquarters September 4, 2019.

The goal of this HLR is to develop a coalition of parliamentarians from the Council of Europe, Pan African Parliament, Eurasia and South America as well as the mutli track council of  religious, education, media and cultural leaders to implement  a culture of peace and prosperity through legislation for mandatory education for the culture of peace on all levels of education from kindergarten through academic studies.  Participants representing the Council of Europe, Pan African Parliament, Latin American Parliaments, World Cultural Exchange Organization,  Esther Ajayi Foundation, World Academy of Arts and Sciences, ( WAAS) OIC, ISAACL,Youth for Human Rights. will present their strategy proposal to reach this goal within the International Decade for the Rapproachment of Cultures in the framework of the U N Resolution on Promotion of Interreligious and intercultural dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace.

The ‘United Nations’ Headquarters faces the Isaiah Wall inscribed across from the main building. The quote from the prophet Isaiah was chosen as the founding motto for the world’s foremost organization for international peace. In his eternal thought, the day is mentioned when no nation will wage war against another nation, and when swords - the instruments of war - will be transformed into plowshares - the instruments for providing man’s sustenance.  As inscribed in the preamble to the UNESCO constitution "since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed". ​The IPCGE initiative aims to implement this goal.

Program for September 5, 2019 High Level Roundtable: Welcome Remarks: Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United Nations.

Introduction: Inter Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics
Marking the 20th and 30th Anniversary of the Declarations on the Culture of Peace

Panel 1 – The Call for National Legislation to Implement the United Nations Resolutions on the Culture of Peace and SDGs

The Role of the United Nations:
United Nations Officials and Ambassadors (TBC)
UNESCO REPRESENTATIVE
The Role of Inter Governmental Institutions, Governments and Legislators

  • Moderator: Mr. Steve Hecht/ Founder Impunity Observer.
  • Senator Antonio Gutierrez- Limones/ Chairman of the Spanish Delegation to the Council of Europe
  • Congressman Lawrence Castro, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Venezuela
  • Senator Xavier Iacovelli, Senate of Assemble Nationale
  • Senator Juan Manuel Diaz Duran Mendez, Parliament of Guatemala
  • The Honorable Jean Max Rakatotomamonjy, liaison to Pan African Parliament/ former Speaker of the Parliament of Madagascar
  • Honorable Zamer Khan, Principal Liaison of Pakistani Parliamentary Affairs in North America
Questions session

Panel 2- The Multi Track Partnership of Religious Leaders, Educators and the Media in Putting the Legislation into Action

  • Co-Chairs: Rev. Esther Ajayi/ Dr. Alberto Zucconi
  • Dr. Alberto Zucconi, President of the Person Centered Approach Institute (IACP); Secretary General, World University Consortium (WUC); Trustee, World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS).
  • Rev. Esther Ajayi, founder and President Esther Ajayi Foundation
  • Imam Agha Jafri, Sec. General American Muslim Congress
  • Rabbi Eli Abadie, Interfaith Leader, World Sephardic Association
  • Mr. Lazaro Burak/ Civil Attache to Guatemala Mission to the United Nations/ Chairman, Latin American Parliamentary Friendship Groups
  • Mr. Steve Hecht - Founder Impunity Observer
Conclusion: Strategy for Implementation: Towards 2022 – Executing SDG Item 16 by the end of the International
Decade for Rapproachment of Cultures
Open Discussion

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