FORUM 2020: The World Forum for Culture of Peace

“LEADERSHIP FOR PEACE”

MALTA MEETING 2020, 5-6 November.

The 2nd Edition of the World Forum for Culture of Peace will be held in Malta under the auspices of His Excellency the President of Malta George Vella on 5-6 November 2020. According to its title “Leadership for Peace”, the Forum will aim to be a practical step ahead to explore and setup institutional mechanisms, educational programmes, tools and action plans for the development of leadership competences in order to achieve the overall goal which is “Just Peace” and enduring stability of relations between peoples.

Towards this end,  political leaders and institutional representatives, IGOs high level experts, civil society organisations (CSOs on a national or international scale) and intellectuals will gather to debate openly on how the international community should promote governance devices, implement plans and joint initiatives, within a process of collaborative efforts to plan for the project of “leadership for peace”, whose aim is to connect and motivate all the parties involved at social, political and educational level, in order to act institutionally and collectively as “leaders of peace” for the world future. Special emphasis must be on preventing conflicts and the searching for mediation-reconciliation policies, as well as on the education and training in particular of youths to learning a body of knowledge and skills for the practice of a culture of peace within their own communities.

In our increasingly interconnected and conflictual world where complex challenges endanger people's peace and security everywhere, the concept of “just peace” becomes central at all levels, local, national, regional and international. People living violence, aggression, oppression, terror, dominance and colonization are eager to be released from these pains and burdens. However, above all they need to ensure the non-repetition of such terrible situations. Developing policies, agencies, programmes and competences to motivate people and in particular youths to act as “peace builders” is the only insurance to start a process of implementation of this concept at all such levels.

Based on the above, the Forum will be articulated in 4 sessions whose distinct tasks and expected results are nonetheless closely intertwined in view of the common objective of setting up a structured and truly operative network of all those who are willing to play their role and cooperate as builders of a multilevel and multifunctional global platform for peace. 

The Role of Political Leaders 

Political leaders will debate on how a “Global Platform for Leadership of Peace” could serve as a rapid mechanism of conflict prevention-mediation-conciliation in emergency situations. There are currently 37 conflicts worldwide, 25 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 60 million people who were forced to flee their homes. (A report and a declaration to support this global platform are planned: “Malta Declaration”).

The Role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

CSOs, including national and international non-governmental organisations, universities, research centres, associations, groups and communities, will discuss the role of civil society in prioritising the culture of peace and implementing it in daily activities, taking into account individual and social behaviours. They will also contribute, assist and give support to the setup of the global platform for peace.(A report and an action plan should be elaborated).

The Role of the Intergovernmental Organizations/IGOs.

Representatives of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) will discuss how the 2021 could be the year for launching of the through their programmes.They should offer the international community a unique opportunity to take bold action and prioritise such a platform in their humanitarian agenda.

(An action plan should be prepared).

The Role of the Parliamentarians.

The parliamentarians from different regions and countries will discuss how parliaments could serve as strong voices speaking out for the need to prioritise the in their region, country and worldwide. 

(A commitment should be drafted to be submitted for approval by each parliamentary assembly).

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