DTPF Participates in UN High Level Forum on Culture of Peace
September 15, 2015
September 15, 2015
On September 9th, the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation was invited to participate in the United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace. Executive Director Brian Rusch represented the Foundation at the invitation of Ambassador Chowdhury of Bangladesh.
The event was convened this year by His Excellency, Mr. Sam K. Kutesa, President of the General Assembly. The focus of the meeting was to recognize the need for continual support to further strengthen the global movement to promote the culture of peace.
The keynote speaker at this year’s event was Arun Ghandi, the “peace farmer” and grandson of the late Mahatma Ghandi. The morning continued with a musical performance by Fusion Unlimited, a Israeli-Palestinian duo, and then statements by some of the 105 Member States, who spoke to a variety of issues from the current Syrian refugee crisis to the role that social media plays in promoting or preventing peace.
After lunch, there was a series of panel discussions. The first, moderated by His Excellency Mr. Anwarul Chowdhury, focused on “Promotion of the Culture of Peace in the Context of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda”. The second panel focused on the “Role of the Media in the Promotion of the Culture of Peace”. During this discussion, Mr. Rusch addressed the need to involve social media in promoting peace to young people as it is something that is an integral part of the lives of today’s youth.
The High Level Forum wrapped with an interactive discussion with member states and closing statements by H.E. Mr. Sam K. Kutesa. The High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace is a preamble to the UN International Day of Peace on September 21st and is a collaboration among Member States, international organizations and civil society.