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Nepal Summit 2018 Schedule

Kathmandu, Nepal—More than 1,500 participants, including seven current heads of state and government, attended UPF’s first Asia Pacific Summit.

Schedule

Friday, November 30, 2018

 

Welcome Dinner for Heads of State/Government

Emcee: Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Co-chair, International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP)-Asia Pacific; Minister (2015-2016), Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Nepal

Welcome Remarks
H.E. Madhav Kumar Nepal, Prime Minister (2009-2011), Nepal; Chairman of Invitation Committee, Asia Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal
Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Chairman, UPF International

Toast: H.E. Anote Tong, President (2003-2016), Republic of Kiribati
 

Welcome Dinner for International Summit Participants at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

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

Welcome Greetings: Dr. Tageldin Hamad, Vice President, UPF International

Special Remarks: Hon. Bhubaneswar Kalita, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, India; Chair, IAPP-India

Chief Guest’s Remarks: Hon. Ishwor Pokhrel, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Government of Nepal

Saturday, December 1, 2018

 

SESSION I: OPENING PLENARY: ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME: INTERDEPENDENCE, MUTUAL PROSPERITY AND UNIVERSAL VALUES

Emcee: Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Co-chair, IAPP-Asia Pacific; Minister (2015-2016), Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Nepal

Nepal National Anthem

Welcome Remarks: H.E. Madhav Kumar Nepal, Prime Minister (2009-2011), Nepal; Chairman of Invitation Committee, Asia Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal

Welcome Greetings:
Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Chairman, UPF International
Hon. Vijay Jolly, Senior Leader, Bharatiya Janata Party, India; Standing Committee Member, International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP)

Founder’s Address: Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Co-Founder, Universal Peace Federation (UPF)/IAPP

Inaugural Address: H.E. KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Keynote Addresses
Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister, Cambodia
H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Myanmar
H.E. Baron Waqa, President, Nauru
Hon. Maria Leonor G. Robredo, Vice-President, Philippines
His Highness Afioga Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, Head of State, Samoa
H.E. Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli, Governor-General, Tuvalu
H.E. H.D. Deve Gowda, Prime Minister (1996-1997), India
H.E. Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister (2008-2012), Pakistan

 

SESSION II: ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME: PEACE, DEVELOPMENT, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS

Session Chair’s Statement: Hon. Krishna B. Mahara, Speaker, House of Representatives, Nepal

Speakers
H.E. Johnson Toribiong, President (2009-2013), Palau
Hon. Lord Fatafehi Fakafanua, Speaker, Tonga
H.E. Andrés Pastrana, President (1998-2002), Colombia
H.E. Hassan Ghafouri Fard, Vice-President (1989-1994), Iran
H.E. Ati George Sokomanu, President (1980-1989), Vanuatu

 

SESSION III: ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME: THE ROLE OF FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Launching of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) in Asia-Pacific

Interfaith Prayers by Religious Leaders
Buddhism
: Ven. Dr. Udugampola Hemaratana, Principal, Sri Bodhiraja Dhamma School, Sri Lanka
Christianity: Rev. Suamalie Naisali Tafaki Iosefa Naisali, Unified Reformed Christian Church, New Zealand
Hinduism: Dr. Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswami, Religious Head, Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Brihanmath, India
Islam: Shaikh Kuat Minuarov, First Imam, The Religious Administration of Kazakhstan's Muslims

Session Chair’s Statement: Dr. Tageldin Hamad, Vice President, UPF International

Statements of Support
Buddhism
: Ven. Sobhita, Principal, International Buddhist Education Center, Myanmar
Catholicism: Dr. K.B. Rokaya, Secretary-General, National Council of Churches, Nepal
Hinduism: Dr. Chintamani Yogi, Founder Principal, Hindu Vidyapeeth School, Nepal
Islam: Dr. Kazi Nurul Islam, Professor and Founding Chair, the Department of World Religions and Culture, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
Jainism: H.H. Acharya Dr. Lokesh, Founder President, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, India
Protestantism: Rev. Geoffrey Alacky, President, RIM-EPI-Centre for Leadership Empowerment, Solomon Islands
Sikhism: Mr. Pritam Singh, Chairperson Gurudwara Guru Nanak Satsang, Nepal
Taoism: Mr. Li-Hsiung Chou, President, Ikuantou Yilan County, Chinese Taipei

Special Remarks: Hon. Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India

Reading of the Resolution and Call to Action: Dr. Shrivatsa Goswami, Chair, IAPD–Asia-Pacific

Signing of the Resolution

Sunday, December 2, 2018

 

SESSION IV: ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME: CLIMATE CHANGE

Session Chair’s Statement: H.E. Anote Tong, President (2003-2016), Republic of Kiribati

Speakers
Hon. Nalinee Taveesin, Minister (2012-2013), Thailand; Standing Member, ICAPP
Rev. Suamalie Naisali Tafaki Iosefa Naisali, Unified Reformed Christian Church, New Zealand
Hon. Tiruchi Siva, Member of Parliament, India representing Tamil Nadu in the Rajya Sabha, India
Ms. Gozde Dizdar, International Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, CAPDI, GD Global, Turkey
Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal

Presentation of the Kathmandu Declaration on Climate Change

Closing Statement: H.E. Anote Tong, President (2003-2016), Republic of Kiribati

 

SESSION V: ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME: THE ROLE OF MEDIA

Session Chair’s Statement: Mr. Thomas McDevitt, Chairman, The Washington Times, USA

Speakers
Mr. Masahiro Kuroki, President, Sekai Nippo, Japan
Ms. Sambridhi Gyawali, Executive Director, Nepal Republic Media
Mr. Jung Hee Taeg, President, Segye Ilbo, Korea
Mr. Aljo Bendijo, People's Television Network (government media), Philippines
Dato' Muhammad Nasir Hamzah, Deputy Chairman, Karangkraf Media Group, Malaysia
Padmashri Alok Mehta, Pathfinder Publishing Delhi, India
Mr. Humphrey Hawksley, BBC Foreign Correspondent, London, England
Ms. Claudia Rosett, Foreign Policy Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum, USA
Mr. Binod Raj Gyawali, Managing Director, Nepal Republic Media

 

CLOSING SESSION: ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME: PEACE INITIATIVES AND PEACE PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD

Session Chair: Dr. Lek Thaveetermsakul, Vice Chair, UPF Asia-Pacific

Speakers
UPF Peace Initiatives
: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Chair, UPF International
The Role of Parliamentarians in Peace-building: Hon. Jiko Luveni, Speaker, Parliament, Fiji
Development, Good Governance and the Role of Parliamentarians:  Hon. Chan Yeol Lee, 3-time Lawmaker and Chairman of Education Committee, National Assembly of Korea
Nepal’s Peace Process: H.E. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister, Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal

Chief Guest’s Address: H.E. Madhav Kumar Nepal, Prime Minister (2009-2011), Nepal; Chairman of Invitation Committee, Asia Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal

Reading of the Kathmandu Declaration for Peace and Cooperation: H.E. Krishna V. Rajan, Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal; Member, Global Peace Council, UPF International

Closing Statement: Dr. Chung Sik Yong, Regional Group Chair, UPF in Asia-Pacific

 

PEACE AND FAMILY FESTIVAL: Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Strengthening Marriage and Family

Special Message: Hon. Chitra Lekha Yadav, Minister of Education (2014-2015), Nepal; Member of Parliament, Nepal

Significance of the Peace and Family Festival: Dr. Robert Kittel, Summit Director of Education

Congratulatory Message: Dr. Shrivatsa Goswami, Head Priest, Sri Radha Raman Temple, India

Interfaith Prayer for Peace & Water of Harmony Ceremony
Bahai
: Mr. Narendra Pandey, Coordinator, Bahai Spiritual Center, Nepal
Buddhist: Ven. Lama Phub Dorji, Head Monk, Abbot Gasa Monastery, Bhutan
Christian: Archbishop Danilo Serrano Santualla, Private General, One Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church, Philippines
Hindu: Shree Damodar Gautam, President, World Hindu Federation-Nepal
Muslim: Dr. Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Chief Imam, All India Imam Organization, India
Jain: Dr. Padma Muni Ji Maharaj, Jain Monk, Nepal
Sikhism: Mr. Gyani Govinda Singh, Guru Nanak Satsang, Nepal

Peace and Family Festival Main Ceremony
Leadership and Good Governance Award to H.E. KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister, Government of Nepal
Chief Guest’s Address: H.E. KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister, Government of Nepal
Resolution to Launch the International Mayor’s Association for Peace (IMAP)

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