The Words of the Hyun Jin Moon

Official Opening Of 2010 Global Peace Convention - Mwai Kibaki

Hyun Jin Moon
November 18, 2010

Speech by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., M.P., President and Commander-In-Chief of the Defense Forces of the Republic of Kenya during the official opening of the Global Peace Convention, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, 18th November, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am happy to join you and to preside over the official opening of the Global Peace Convention. On behalf of the Government and the people of Kenya, I welcome you all to our country. We are happy to host you and trust that you will enjoy your stay with us. I commend the Global Peace Festival Foundation for its efforts towards promoting peace. I note that the Foundation promotes programs that contribute to reconciliation, harmonious co-existence as well as cooperation among the people of the world. This is a noble calling and I urge you all to keep up the good work.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This Global Peace Convention is relevant to us as a nation. It comes at a time when we are still addressing post election challenges that we faced. The speedy resolution of the post election challenges, is testimony of our commitment to peaceful resolution of any differences. This is a great virtue which we must cultivate and nurture as a nation.

With the peaceful resolution, the challenge is now to forge forward with the agenda of national cohesion, as well as the reconciliation and healing process. These commitments are vital as they address any mistrust, bitterness or animosity that may undermine peace. I urge each and every Kenyan to take personal responsibility in our shared duty of building a cohesive and peaceful country. In addition to reconciliation and healing, our new Constitutional order has provided us with an opportunity to transform our nation.

The Constitution addresses many of the challenges that we have faced as a nation. The successful implementation of the Constitution will, therefore, pay a peace dividend. I urge Kenyans, to support the implementation process so that we can usher in a new era of stability, peace and prosperity.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

To further enhance peaceful coexistence, my Government, through the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has initiated a number of programs that seek to promote the role of our youth in promoting peace and national cohesion. These include: Conducting mass peace campaigns among the youth; Mobilizing the youth to support community peace initiatives through music, sports and youth caravans; Building the capacity of young people in peace building, conflict prevention and resolution; Involving the youth in tree planting under the "Trees for Jobs" and Kazi Kwa Vijana programs in order to promote environmental conservation, with a view to reducing conflicts caused by environmental degradation; and Conducting inter-communal youth exchange programs to foster patriotism and respect for national diversity.

The Government recognizes the unique role young people play in society. Consequently, we will continue to empower them to play an active role in their respective communities through diverse programs in peace building and reconciliation. I challenge you all, therefore, to use this platform to share best practices and develop strategies in areas of conflict resolution, peace building, sustainable development, character education and youth empowerment. This will go a long way in fostering world peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In addition to our domestic commitments, we have as a nation remained at the frontline in promoting peace not only in our immediate region but also in the world at large.

We have played this role by participating in peacekeeping missions as well as ratifying peace protocols at the regional and international levels. Over the years, we have also been actively engaged in the settlement of disputes involving our neighbors through negotiations, reconciliation and arbitration.

In this regard, Kenya continues to play a key role in the search for lasting peace in the Sudan and Somalia. I take this opportunity to call upon the international community to support the efforts of IGAD towards addressing the security situation in Somalia.

We must also ensure that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement for the Sudan is fully implemented. I note that the process of voter registration has begun ahead of the referendum set for January next year. I appeal to the people of Sudan to give peace a chance, as they determine the future of their country.

In conclusion, I wish to emphasize that success in the search for durable peace requires the concerted efforts of a global coalition involving Governments and other bilateral and multi lateral players.

As advocated by the Global Peace Festival Foundation, faith-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and the private sector also have a role to play in the noble task of building a peaceful world.

Once again I, commend the efforts of the Global Peace Foundation in promoting peace. It is my hope that this convention will advance this agenda.

I also trust that you will enhance youth participation in the national peace building and reconciliation agenda. In this way we shall be able to inspire a new generation of peace thinkers and peace leaders.

It is now my pleasure to declare the Global Peace Convention officially open.

Thank you and God bless you. 

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