FOLLOW US

FacebookYoutubeLinkedin

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February 2019
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 1 2

Speeches

Reconciliation is a subject we can talk easily about, but is very difficult to carry out. It demands deep personal work to be able to bring about reconciliation through words or through deeds. Total honesty and integrity is vital. No matter how beautiful the words we say or how great the deed, if it does not come from a place of integrity and honesty it is not better than no action.

Read more ...

To have blocks of nations in the global village competing for power, wealth and influence, one at the expense of another, remains a most disturbing factor insofar as the future of peace is concerned. Is there not a compelling urgency in view of the many appearing crises to find extra inspiration and determination to turn ourselves into citizens of the world rather than remaining as citizens of just one of the blocs.

Read more ...

The Ugandan experience has seen a reduction in the infection rate from about 31 percent to 5 percent. This has been a hard-earned accomplishment. The government spends about $35 million a year on HIV/AIDS prevention, and we are thankful for the global fight against AIDS and other diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria.

Read more ...

The focus of the ongoing pilgrimages has been the coming together of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as the basis for building peace. I reflected on what it took, or might take, for these three brothers of faith to unite.

Read more ...

All religions teach peace, just as surely as all people desire peace. Yet people from time immemorial have legitimated war, oppression, and occupation with sacred scripture and with reference to religious obligation. Is there something in religion that is inherently antithetical to peace, or there is something in us that baffles our own efforts to bring about peace – even though it is patently in our own interest?

Read more ...

For several weeks beginning in September, 2003, groups of South Korean tourists flew directly from South to North Korea for five-day visits. These were first South Koreans to visit Pyongyang purely for the purpose of tourism. For many — especially those whose homeland is the northern half of the peninsula — this was not an ordinary vacation.

Read more ...

Reporting on the background and progress of the Philippine proposal to establish an interreligious council at the UN, including statements of support by Philippine President Arroyo, U.S. President George Bush, and others.

Read more ...

Democracy has its place. Where is that place? That place essentially is national politics. National politics is for electorates and national governments. International politics is and should be, essentially an intergovernmental affair, wherein negotiations are the main method of decision making. NGOs should alleviate suffering from sicknesses, fill the mouth of famine, and leave politics to elected officials. Unelected officials need to know their place, which, in the words of Winston Churchill, is to be both civil and servants. And the job of the media is to report on all of these fallen creatures, without fear or favor. If these various cobblers all stick to their particular tasks, then the world will indeed be a better place.

Read more ...

People taking on the responsibility of governance will experience the benefits of greater civic maturity individually and as members of society. In point of fact, the structure of representative government, giving power away on Election Day to a gaggle of politicians, denies the people the opportunity to mature by taking responsibility for their own actions. Representative government’s structure maintains the people in civic adolescence.

Read more ...

HIV/AIDS is a problem that has existed for two decades in most of our communities. At this point, every country in the world has reported a case of HIV/AIDS. Never in history has there arisen such a widespread and fundamental threat to human development as HIV/AIDS.

Read more ...

Human development is inherently linked to good governance. The pursuit of the objective of human development as a critical element in any national strategic development plan is recommended because of the overwhelmingly positive impact it would have on national development and on the lives of our people.

Read more ...

While the old order conceived of peace through the strategies of internationalism, in today’s multi-civilizational dialogue we must think in terms of global solidarity.

Read more ...