Georgia Senator Emanuel Jones and Dr. Robert Schuller, Jr. Serve as Convention Co-Chairs
Former Presidents From Eleven (11) Latin American Countries Set to Attend
Atlanta, GA (November 12, 2012). Atlanta will be the first city in the United States to host the Global Peace Foundation's annual Global Peace Convention, a preeminent, world-level platform engaging government and civil society leaders in a unique, collaborative exchange on the challenges of peace building and sustainable development in the twenty-first century.
Co-Chaired by Georgia Senator Emanuel Jones and Dr. Robert A. Schuller, Jr., The Global Peace Convention 2012 will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on November 29 – December 1, 2012 and seeks to share best practices and develop collaborative strategies in areas of education, health care, environmental sustainability, community-driven development, and conflict resolution among public leaders from across the world.
The Convention theme, "Moral and Innovative Leadership: Building Healthy Families, Ethical Societies and a Global Culture of Peace," will 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.
Highlights of the Convention include:
- The America's Summit will convene daily from Thursday, November 29th – Saturday, December 1st featuring eleven former Presidents of Latin America in a groundbreaking collaborative dialogue on regional cooperation, sustainable development, North-South relations, and transparency and democratic governance.
- Points of Light workshop on Thursday, November 29th from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. called "Strategies for Transforming Volunteerism: International, National and Local Perspectives" will provide an overview of the forces shaping volunteering in the United States and the roles being played by government, corporations, NGSs and citizens.
- GPF's Global Peace Awards on Saturday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. honoring government, civil society and faith leaders and organizations whose exemplary efforts have substantially improved the lives of others and have a sustained commitment to realizing a world of peace.
- King Center Leadership Forum on Sunday, December 2nd at The King Center will host an International Young Leaders' training session at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Participants will be appointed Global King Ambassadors.
Drawing upon America's story as a nation of immigrants, the Global Peace Convention 2012 will enable experts, policy makers, and community leaders to examine issues relating to peace building, youth entrepreneurship, family welfare, and economic development, providing a unique cross-disciplinary plat-form for diverse leaders to gain new insights and explore areas of collaboration.
Georgia Senator and GPFF-Georgia Chairman Emanuel Jones extols the virtues of Atlanta's world-class leadership as its key to success, and the city itself as a good fit for the convention. "Atlanta earned its reputation as a leader in the movement for world peace, economic sustainability and social justice for all because of the hard work and sacrifices of citizens who were willing to take a stand for it," said Representative Jones. "All it takes is uncommon courage from common people to make a difference. In working with GPF, everyone I've met is cut from that cloth."
[About The Global Peace Convention (GPC): The Global Peace Convention advances innovative responses to the challenges of conflict and underdevelopment by drawing upon the expertise of government, faith-based, and civil society partners, and by involving stakeholders from affected regions. Grounded in a comprehensive, values-based approach that recognizes the fundamental rights as well as responsibilities of all people, the Global Peace Convention presents a vision for peace and social progress that reflects the highest human aspirations.]
[About The Global Peace Foundation (GPF): The Global Peace Foundation promotes and celebrates persons and programs that contribute to reconciliation, mutual respect, harmony and cooperation among all people, as One Family under God. Through partnerships with organizations around the world, GPF programs and celebrations work to facilitate intercultural and interreligious cooperation, strengthen families and communities, and foster a culture of service and peace. The Global Peace Foundation is committed to a multi-sector collaborative approach, and works with a wide range of partners on specific initiatives. Our activities are organized around the three focus areas of interfaith partnerships, family strengthening initiatives, and service.]