Unification News for May 2005

International Leadership Convocation 2005

Declaration of the Era of Lasting Peace

Whereas we are the participants in the International Leadership Convocation, sponsored by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, along with the Mongolian Peoples' Federation for World Peace, the United Press International Foundation, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, held in Washington, DC, from April 10 to 15, 2005, on the theme: "Leadership for Global Transformation: Exploring the Vision, Methodology, and Best Practices Necessary for a New Era of Lasting Peace," and,

Whereas we have gathered as more than 350 leaders from China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and the USA, including current and former heads of state, government leaders, religious leaders, diplomats, scholars, and other dignitaries, and,

Recognizing that our world is facing serious crises, and is in dire need of visionary and courageous leadership that can put an end to violence, poverty, family breakdown and widespread loss of hope throughout the world, and,

Acknowledging that IIFWP works to address these critical problems and has called for the establishment of a network of interreligious and international Peace Councils at national, regional and worldwide levels to provide a model for the promotion of global governance that can effectively solve critical global problems, applying a cooperative, collaborative and inclusive methodology that goes beyond particular national and religious interests to embrace and serve the hopes and aspirations of all humanity, and,

Noting that throughout the past year, IIFWP has sponsored a wide range of programs worldwide, including international conferences and summits, as well as regional, national and local programs for peace and human development, and that its expanding, worldwide network of "Ambassadors for Peace" is increasingly being recognized as a valuable resource for peace, and,

Whereas we believe this International Leadership Convocation can lead to making a difference in contemporary world affairs, and in light of current trends and challenges to global governance, we resolve to:

Take action in order to promote a vision and methodology for peace that embraces spiritual values, addresses the root causes of conflicts, and practices unselfishness to address the critical problems facing our contemporary world;

Promote increased understanding, cooperation and peace among the participating nations: China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, USA, in addition to other nations;

Advance the Peace Council initiative as a new civil society mechanism that enables interreligious as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations to collaborate more effectively in addressing critical global problems;

Encourage the private sector to support the on-going efforts for peace and constructive collaboration between countries and continents through non-governmental bodies around the world;

Direct Ambassadors for Peace and members of the emerging IIFWP Peace Councils, as a civil society initiative, to supplement, enhance and improve upon existing approaches to solving our world's problems;

Increase awareness of the significance of the family, including marriages that cross boundaries of race, religion and nationality, and the "four great realms of heart" and to recognize the family as the school of true love, with profound relevance and strategic significance to the critical issues facing the contemporary world;

Apply the principles of living for the sake of others and unselfish cooperation in order to contribute to peace and prosperity in areas of conflict, such as the Middle East, South Asia, and North East Asia.

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