Participants from around the world attended The Global Peace Foundation’s (GPF) Global Peace Convention (GPC) in Atlanta last week. Co-Chaired by Georgia Senator Emanuel Jones and Dr. Robert A. Schuller, the GPC resembled a mini United Nations summit with 40 nations represented.
Government officials (including 12 Latin American former presidents), activists, service entrepreneurs, students and volunteers from Asia to Africa, India, South America, and the USA, convened at workshops and panels on peace building through leadership and service within and between nations as a means to economic and social posterity.
Senator Jones remarked that this “is the first time in Georgia history, that I am aware of, where we had this many Latin American former presidents in one place.”
More than 800 participants shared best practices, developed collaborative strategies and launched initiatives in areas of education, health care, environmental sustainability, community-driven development, and conflict resolution in line with the convention theme, “Moral and Innovative Leadership: Building Healthy Families, Ethical Societies and a Global Culture of Peace.”
The Reverend Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in her speech to the GPC at their welcoming banquet, stated “I earnestly believe that if my father were living today, his heart would be warmed by the work of this great organization around the world. And in fact, I believe without a shadow of a doubt, he would be a part of your group.”
Convention activities served to clarify the importance of principled leadership not only in public office, but in corporate life, the non-profit sector, and other areas of civic life as a precondition for social cohesion and peace. Presenters from Atlanta and around the world led dialogues and discussions on bridging societal gaps and forging benevolent intercultural commerce, as well as tolerance.
For highlights of the Convention visit http://www.globalpeaceconvention.org