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Reps from 50 countries to join Peace Confce: Momen

Published : 01 Dec 2021 10:42 PM | Updated : 02 Dec 2021 03:21 PM

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 on Wednesday. 

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.