I was delighted to participate in the Second Global Forum on the Power of Peace organized by UNESCO, in collaboration with the Government of Thailand.
This second forum was an occasion to build on past discussions commencing with the first Forum on the power of Peace held in Bali, Indonesia in January 2007. The forum helped review some of the work, discussion and planning that has transpired since the first Forum. Strategies for the continued development of “The Power of Peace Network” (PPN) will be the subject of Café styled deliberations of Forum participants.
Within the context of difficult economic times and rapidly changing social realities, the place and efficacy of a Power of Peace Network can be reassessed. Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, opened officially the Forum along with a representative of the host country and special guests.
The Power of Peace Network discussed in the framework of Forum themes touching on the role of media and ICTs relating to mutual understanding, conflict management, new opportunities for collaboration, faith and religion, and the leadership of youth and universities.