Plenary Session VII: Closing Session and conclusion of World Summit 2017

Hon. Lawrence John Sichawle, minister of chiefs and traditional affairs, Zambia
The panel for the Closing Session, with moderator Mrs. Genie Kagawa
Dr. Sowath Nem, the minister of national defense of Cambodia
Hon. Paulina Ramirez Portuguez, an assemblywoman from Costa Rica, receives an Ambassador for Peace certificate from UPF and IAPP leaders.
Dr. Josue dos Santos Ferreira, the president of the Brazilian Institute of Legislative Studies, is awarded an Ambassador for Peace certificate.

The moderator was Mrs. Genie Kagawa, the executive office director of UPF International.

Hon. Lawrence John Sichawle, minister of chiefs and traditional affairs, Zambia, spoke about his country’s use of agriculture and youth empowerment to combat poverty. With no prospects for advancement, many young people, particularly girls, are being exploited into human trafficking. The government has designated land zones for youth to carry out agricultural enterprises including poultry farming, fish farming, livestock rearing, and crop production. Zambia is “committed to embracing democratic, spiritual and moral values that are key to ensuring peace,” Hon. Sichawle said.

Hon. Rafael Mendez, a congressman from the Dominican Republic, said peace is defined in a very simple way: “Peace: a situation or state in which there are no wars or fights between two or more opposing parties.” This definition can be applied to all areas of life, from the family to the society, the nations and even the universe. Many of the problems that we face in society can be resolved and dealt with by applying this principle of life, Hon. Mendez said.

Dr. Sowath Nem, advisor and director of the Cabinet Office of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Tea Banh and the minister of national defense of Cambodia. Dr. Nem spoke about the situation of Cambodia. As a nation that has experienced the ravages of war, “we understand very well about the value of peace, and we are now trying our best to keep this peace for our beloved country and for our beloved people.” The general referred to the successful implementation of a “win-win policy” that dismantled the communist Khmer Rouge and brought about the end of the 40-year civil war. Ethics was an important point made by the general. “We should encourage all the people to understand about ethics, norms and cultural adaptation during the period of globalization,” he said.

Dr. Mohamed Habash, an Islamic scholar and a former member of Syria’s parliament, currently teaching at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates, spoke about the Syrian peace initiative. The peace initiative process to deal with that country’s civil war is critically needed. The humanitarian crisis there has killed or displaced more than 10 million people. “We have to do something for peace,” he said. Regarding the refugees, Dr. Habash said, “The best gift for refugees is to help them come back to our country. We can do something for peace to help those people. Political leaders cannot bring us peace. The peace way or the love way can lead us to the correct target. This is the reason for my coming here to ask your support.”

After the speeches, 10 new Ambassadors for Peace were appointed amid a unanimous acceptance of the Inaugural World Assembly Declaration affirming the participants’ resolve “to work toward solutions to critical global problems in order to build a world of universal and lasting peace.”

  • Asia: Hon. Bhubaneswar Kalita (India)
  • Africa: H.E. Moustapha Cisse Lo (Senegal)
  • Central America: Hon. Paulina Ramirez Portuguez (Costa Rica)
  • Eurasia: Hon. Dr. Olga Bogomolets (Ukraine)
  • Europe: Hon. Paulo Pisco (Portugal)
  • Middle East: Hon. Dr. Mohamed Hussein Al Hussein (Syria),
  • Hon. Dr. Allal Amraoui (Morocco)
  • North America: Hon. Barbara Cubin (United States), Hon. Loretta Sanchez (United States)
  • South America: Dr. Josue dos Santos Ferreira (Brazil)

Conclusion

The fourth World Summit on “Peace, Security and Human Development” concluded on a high note of optimism. Distinguished leaders, representing almost 70 percent of the world’s nations, brought a fresh perspective to the critical challenges of our time. Representing all walks of society, the delegates heeded the words of Simón Bolívar, the leader of South America's independence movement, who said, “He who leads must listen even to the hardest truths.”

As difficult and challenging issues were raised and discussed, participants offered their analysis and recommendations with emphasis on practices and action steps that could be taken in order to transform our world into a world of peace and mutual prosperity.

The keynote topics of World Summit 2017 and the programs hosted by the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation and the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences included: global conflict, the breakdown of the family, and protection of the environment. There was general agreement among the participants with the key premises: (1) since we live in an interconnected world and knowing that our problems are often global in nature, there is a critical need for dialogue and cooperation, (2) the path to peace, progress and prosperity requires good governance; (3) protection of each human being; and (4) most fundamentally, recognition that the family is the central and fundamental institution of human society.

In addition to the summit, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) was successfully launched at the National Assembly, and lastly the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize was awarded to Dr. Gino Strada and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.

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