The Second World Forum for the Culture of Just Peace concludes its proceedings with a proposal to establish a "Global Platform for Just Peace."
March 4, 2022
The Second World Forum for the Culture of Just Peace, organized by the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, concluded under the patronage and presence of the President of Malta, Dr. George Vella, from March 3rd to 4th, 2022, with the theme "Leadership for Just Peace." The forum was attended by political, academic, and cultural figures from around the world.
The Forum's first day commenced with opening remarks by His Excellency Dr. George Vella, President of Malta, His Excellency Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, President of the Board of Trustees of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, and a statement delivered on behalf of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by His Excellency Michael Frendo, former Speaker of the Maltese Parliament. His Excellency Abdullah Shahid, President of the UN General Assembly, also participated with a recorded statement.
Then, the proceedings of the first session, titled "The Role of World Leaders," began. The session was chaired by the President of Malta, Dr. George Vella, and featured speeches by President Ilir Meta of Albania, President Vjosa Osmani of Kosovo, and former President Stjepan Mesic of Croatia. During this session, the speakers discussed the announcement of the launch of the "Global Platform for Leadership in Just Peace," which will serve as a swift mechanism for conflict prevention, reconciliation, and mediation in emergency situations.
On the second day of the forum, the proceedings commenced with the second session titled "The Role of International Governmental Organizations." The session was chaired by Dr. Omar Grech, Director of the Center for the Study and Practice of Conflict Resolution at the University of Malta. The session featured speeches by various individuals, including Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); Dr. Taieb Bacouche, the Secretary-General of the Arab Maghreb Union; Dr. Salem Mohammed Al-Malik, the Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); Dr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, former President of the International Court of Justice; Khaled Khalifa, the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Ambassador Mohammed Elshafie, the Representative of the Arab League; and Dr. Alfred J. Vella, Rector of the University of Malta.
During this session, discussions revolved around identifying the priorities of the culture of just peace and how to activate it in daily activities, while taking into consideration individual and societal behaviors. Additionally, the session explored strategies to make the year 2022 the launch year for the initiative of the "Global Platform for Leadership in Just Peace" and to contribute to laying its foundations.
Subsequently, the third session took place under the title "The Role of Parliamentarians and Civil Society Organizations." The session was presided over by Anglo Farrugia, the Speaker of the Maltese Parliament. The speakers in this session included Mohamed Nasheed, the Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives; Hanno Pevkur, the First Deputy Speaker of the Estonian Parliament; Behgjet Pacolli, a member of the Kosovan Parliament and former President of Kosovo; Abdessalam Labbar, the head of the Independence Group in the Moroccan Council of Advisors; Struan Stevenson, former Member of the European Parliament; Jesmond Saliba, the Commissioner of Volunteer Organizations in Malta; and Jean-Christophe Bas, the CEO of the Connectors for Peace Foundation.
During this session, the participants discussed how parliamentary bodies can form strong voices advocating for prioritizing the "Global Platform for Leadership in Just Peace" within their regions, countries, and across the world.
Then the forum concluded with closing remarks from both Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain and the President of Malta, Dr. George Vella. Albabtain began his concluding statement by expressing gratitude to all those involved in the success of the forum. He said, "It is my duty to extend my utmost gratitude and appreciation to all of you for the success of the Second World Forum for the Culture of Just Peace. This shared success is the result of our collective sincerity, and our collective will to cooperate constructively in order to achieve our noble goal. It is also important to express gratitude and appreciation to the team of the Presidency of Malta led by His Excellency President George Vella, as well as the team of our Foundation and everyone who contributed in one way or another to the organization of the Forum and worked towards its success."
Albabtain added, "I have attentively and joyfully followed all the interventions of world leaders, representatives of international organizations, parliaments, and civil society. All of these contributions are of utmost importance in terms of analysis, future vision, and positive proposals. I have come to three major conclusions:
First: A just peace is the collective right of all humanity. In fact, it is the comprehensive right that encompasses all human rights. Those who wish to understand this comprehensive right, namely just peace, must recognize its essence, which is justice.
Second: Preparing leaders for just peace from the young and upcoming generations and empowering them with its culture is a pressing historical and humanitarian necessity. It is something we must embark on immediately and without delay. Any delay in this endeavor will have grave consequences for the future of humanity.
Third: Our efforts to achieve this goal are inherently collective and collaborative, involving various governmental, international, and civil institutions. We are in agreement on this collective path. Therefore, it is essential to establish a shared mechanism for coordination, training, and preparation of leaders. This mechanism is the 'Global Platform for Just Peace,' which we must work towards establishing in all countries, utilizing technology."
In conclusion, Albabtain reiterated his commitment through the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation to establish this Global Platform for Just Peace and to work towards making it inclusive for the majority of countries and their populations. He emphasized the continuing investment in the culture of just peace.
Earlier, Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain stated that this Forum is convened at a time when the world is in dire need of peace and the establishment of foundations for coexistence among humanity. Humanity has entered the last decade of an era marked by intense conflicts, internal and external struggles.