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World Summit 2017, organized by the Universal Peace Federation from February 1 to 5, 2017, provided a comprehensive assessment of peace, security and human development around the world. In attendance at the five-day program were more than 700 delegates, including more than 400 current and former members of parliament as well as heads of state and government, prime ministers, civil society dignitaries, and religious and women leaders from 120 countries.

The program comprised the Founders Celebration (February 2), the World Summit conference (February 1 to 4), the Inaugural World Assembly of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) (February 2), the Sunhak Peace Prize (SHPP) Award Ceremony (February 3), and the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS) (February 4 and 5).

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[All presentations are in English, unless otherwise noted.]

February 1-5

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

7:30PM - Opening Banquet

Emcee: Mr. Richard De Sena, Secretary General, UPF North America

Invocation

Dr. Wu-Hsien Chu, Chairman, Taiwan Interfaith Foundation

Welcome Address

Dr. Thomas Walsh, President, UPF International

Speakers 

Hon. Cynthia Tarrago Diaz, Congresswoman, Paraguay [Spanish]

Amb. Christopher Hill, Ambassador to Korea (2004-2005), USA; was head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

10:00AM - Founder's Celebration Program:

Cheongshim Peace World Center

 

3:00PM - Concurrent Program: Korean National Assembly:

Special Session of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace

Speakers will address the general World Summit 2017 theme of “Addressing the Critical Challenges of our Time: Peace, Security and Human Development,” offering their analysis and recommendations as it applies to the critical challenges of our time—environmental degradation, violent conflict, extremism, extreme poverty—with emphasis on practices and action steps that should be taken in order to transform our world into a world of peace and mutual prosperity.

Moderator: Dr. Thomas Walsh, President, UPF International

Speakers

Hon. Sye-kyun Chung, Chair, National Assembly, Korea

Hon. Dan BurtonCongressman, House of Representatives (1983-2013), USA

Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr.Speaker, House of Representatives (1992-1998), (2001-2008), Philippines

H.E. Milan DunovicVice President, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hon. Matt Salmon, U.S. House of Representatives (1995-2001), (2013-2017), USA

Hon. Dr. Rachel Carling-JenkinsMember of the Legislative Council (MLC), Parliament of Victoria, Australia

Rt. Hon. Richard MsowoyaSpeaker, National Assembly, Malawi

Hon. Hilik BarDeputy Speaker, Knesset, Israel

Hon. Alberto Alfaro JimenezPresident, Legislative Assembly, Costa Rica

Hon. Yoo-chul Won, Member, Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, National Assembly, Korea [Slide Presentation]

 

3:00PM - Concurrent Program: Lotte Hotel

Addressing the Critical Challenges of our Time: Principles and Practices for Peace and Human Development

Moderator: Mr. Robert Williamson, Special Envoy to South Africa, UPF

Speakers

Mr. Jacques Marion, Secretary General, UPF Europe

Mr. David Fraser Harris, Secretary General, UPF Middle East

Commentator:  Hon. Mardo Djabir Issa, Member of Parliament, Chad [French]

 

3:00PM - Concurrent Program: InterContinental

Addressing Critical Challenges of our Time: Principles and Practices for Peace and Human Development 

Moderator: Mr. Gregory Stone, Secretary General, UPF Oceania

Speakers

Dr. Lek ThaveetermsakulVice Chair, UPF Asia

Mr. Tuo-Huan Chen, Secretary General, UPF Chinese Region

Commentator: Hon. Chandrani BandaraMinister, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Sri Lanka

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

10:00AM - Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony

Chair: Dr. Il-Sik HongChairman, Sunhak Peace Prize Committee

Laureates

Dr. Sakena YacoobiChief Executive Director, Afghan Institute for Learning, Afghanistan

Dr. Gino Strada, Executive Director, EMERGENCY, Italy

Congratulatory Remarks: H.E. Anote TongPresident (2003-2016), Kiribati; Sunhak Laureate 2015

 

2:00PM - Plenary Session I: World Summit 2017 Keynote Addresses: Perspectives on Peace and Human Development

Keynote Speakers addressed the general World Summit 2017 theme of “Addressing the Critical Challenges of our Time: Peace, Security and Human Development,” offering their analysis and recommendations as it applies to the critical challenges of our time—environmental degradation, violent conflict, extremism, extreme poverty—with emphasis on practices and action steps that should be taken in order to transform our world into a world of peace and mutual prosperity.

Moderator: Dr. Charles S. Yang, Secretary General, UPF International

Speakers

Hon. Bubhaneswar KalitaMember of Parliament, India

Hon. Kessai NoteSenator and Former President (2000-2008), Marshall Islands 

Rt. Hon. Parmanand JhaVice President (2008-2015), Nepal

H.E. Federico Franco Gomez, President (2012-2013), Paraguay 

H.E. Moustapha Cisse Lo, Regional President, ECOWAS Parliament, Senegal 

Hon. Michael G. AguinaldoChairman, Commission on Audit, Philippines 

Amb. Joseph DeTrani, Former Special Envoy to the Six Party Talks, USA

 

3:45PM - Plenary Session II: World Summit 2017 Keynote Addresses: Perspectives on Peace and Development

Moderator: Mr. Tageldin Hamad, Chair, World Association of NGOs (WANGO)

Speakers

Hon. Molana HaideriDeputy Chairman of the Senate, Pakistan

Hon. Shim-jae Kwon, Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, National Assembly, Korea

Hon. Professor Akiko YamanakaVice Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-2006), Japan 

H.E. Prof. Dioncounda Traore, President (2012-2013), Mali [French]

Dr. Asmaa Mahmood Kftarou, UN Commission for Syria, UAE 

Hon. Ranjith Madduma BandaraMinister, Ministry of Public Administration & Management, Sri Lanka

Dr. Po-Ya ChangPresident, The Control Yuan, Taiwan

 

5:30PM - Plenary Session III: Sun Hak Peace Prize Laureates

Moderator: Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, President, Chamber of Deputies (1989-2009), Luxembourg

Laureates 

Dr. Sakena YacoobiChief Executive Director, Afghan Institute for Learning, Afghanistan

Dr. Gino Strada, Executive Director, EMERGENCY, Italy

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

9:00AM - Plenary Session IV: International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) Global Assembly

Moderator: 

Hon. Dan Burton, Co-Chair of IAPP, International

Speakers

Hon. Dr. Silvia del Rosario Giacoppo, Senator, Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Hon. Dr. Haydee Castillo De Solano, Assemblywoman, Nicaragua [Spanish]

Hon. Dr. Olga BogomoletsMember of Supreme Council, Ukraine

Hon. Iliesa DelanaDeputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Fiji

Hon. Yoshinori OhnoFormer Minister of Defense, Japan; Member of Committee, SHPP

Hon. Paulo PiscoAssemblyman, Portugal 

Hon. Khodr HabibMember of Parliament, Lebanon

Hon. Karen Wan-Ju Yu, Member of Legislative Yuan, Taiwan [Slide Presentation]

Hon. Ek Nath DhakalMember of Parliament and Minster of Peace and Reconstruction (2015), Nepal

Hon. Jong-seong Lim, Assemblyman, Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee, Korea

 

11:00AM - Plenary Session V: IAPP Global Assembly

Moderator: Dr. Thomas Walsh, President, UPF International

Remarks

Hon. Chitralekha YadavMember of Parliament, Nepal

Hon. Emilia Alfaro de Franco, Senator and Former First Lady (2012-2013), Paraguay [Spanish]

Hon. Myung-chul Cho, Member, National Assembly (2012-2016), Korea 

Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., Co-Chair of IAPP, International

Dr. Sun Jin MoonChair, UPF International

Founder’s Remarks: Dr. Hak Ja Han MoonFounder, IAPP

 

2:00PM - Plenary Session VI: Peace and Human Development: The Role, Responsibility and Relevance of the Sciences

Moderator: Hon. Biman Chand Prasad, Member of Parliament, Fiji

Speakers

Professor J. Martin RamirezPsychobiology Department & Institute for Biofunctional Studies, Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain

Professor Luc MontagnierNobel Laureate in Physiology (2008), France

Commentator: Dr. Glen Rein, Senior Researcher, Innovative Biotechnical Studies, USA

 

4:30PM - Plenary Session VII: Closing Session

Moderator: Mrs. Genie Kagawa, Executive Office Director, UPF International

Speakers

Hon. Lawrence John SichawleMinister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Zambia

Hon. Rafael Mendez, Congressman, Dominican Republic [Spanish]

Gen. Dr. Sowath NemDirector General, Minister of National Defense, Policy and Foreign Affairs, Cambodia

Dr. Mohamed Habash, Member of Parliament (2003-2012), Syria