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  01 Dec 2021, 18:55
Update : 01 Dec 2021, 21:56

Activists from 50 countries to join Peace Conference: Momen 

  DHAKA, Dec 1, 2021 (BSS) - Bangladesh is set to host the 'World Peace 
Conference' from December 4 to continue its global quest of promoting 
'culture of peace' while nearly 100 representatives from 50 countries are 
expected to join the two-day gathering. 

   "Around 59 participants from over 30 countries will join in person while 
around 40 guests will join virtually," foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen 
said briefing the reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. 

   He said Dhaka did not invite any head of states or governments to join the 
conference but invited peace activists, writers, poets, singers and civil 
society members from different countries, who work at the ground level, to 
join the conference. 

  President Abdul Hamid will inaugurate the "World Peace Conference-2021" on 
December 4 while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to attend the 
concluding day of the gathering on December 5 as the chief guest virtually.

  "Bangladesh will get a special document through adoption of - Dhaka Peace 
Declaration - which will work as a reference for Bangladesh's all peace and 
security-related global initiatives to be taken in the future," Dr Momen 
said. 

  The foreign minister said the conference will review the Father of the 
Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's vision and political struggle for 
peace while the essence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina initiated global 
'culture of peace' to be widely discussed.

   Dr Momen said the essence Prime Minister's 'culture of peace', that she 
first placed at the UN in 1999, is to establish sustainable global peace and 
for that "She calls all to increase tolerance to each other". 

   Foreign minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina showed the essence of 
culture of peace by offering shelter to huge numbers of persecuted Rohingyas 
under humanitarian ground.

   Bangladesh would like to showcase its triumph of humanity through this 
peace conference, he added.

     State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary 
Masud Bin Momen were also present at the briefing.

  Alam said some invited guests, including from South Africa, converted their 
participation into virtual one due to outbreak of new Covid-19 variant. 

  The government is hosting the Conference as a part of its celebrations 
marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh 
Mujibur Rahman and 50-year anniversary of the country's independence.   

  Apart from the inauguration and closing ceremony, four panel discussions 
will be held on different issues over peace. 

   Earlier, a 46-member committee was formed with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin 
Chaudhury as its chair and Saima Wazed Hossain as its member secretary to 
successfully host the World Peace Conference.   

  Foreign Minister Dr Momen will host dinner in honor of the guests on 
December 3 while Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will host separate dinner 
for the guests on December 4. 

  The participating guests will visit a number of places of historical 
importance including Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32, National 
Museum, Dhaka University campus and Liberation War Museum. 

  Prominent Speakers 

   The prominent speakers likely to join the conference are - Ban Ki-moon, 
former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Goh Chok Tong, former Prime 
Minister of Singapore; Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United 
Kingdom; Irina Bokova, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria; Jos‚ 
Ramos-Horta, former President of East Timor; Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar, 
Chairman, World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation; Dr Francisco Rojas 
Aravena, Rector of University for Peace; Surichai Wun'Gaeo, Director of 
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Chulalongkorn University; Husain 
Haqqani, former Pakistan's Ambassador to United States & Sri Lanka; Dr Akiko 
Horiba, Program Director & Senior Program Officer, Asia Peace Initiative 
Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Archie Law, Chair of Sydney Peace 
Foundation; Dr Irene Victoria Massimino, Human Rights Lawyer, professor and 
activist; Simone Neads, Managing Editor, The European Security Journal; 
Philip Ruddock AO, President, NSW Liberal Party; Chandrika N. Wijeyaratne, 
Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and David Wick, Executive 
Director, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission. 

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