The precursor to international peace summits in the US, Canada and the UK, this summit featured international and Australian guest speakers from major political parties and organisations.
Speakers identified the signs of change and envisioned a worldwide culture of peace then joined in a panel discussion with the audience to formulate a blueprint for positive actions for peace. The summit itself was attended by over 500 guests and attracted a significant audience via web cast on the internet. Viewing of the web cast and downloading of speeches from the summit exceeded 450,000 unique viewers.
The purpose of the Summit was to strengthen and grow the international movement for government departments of peace and ministries for peace. Forty representatives from 12 countries came together for the two-day Summit, which was preceded by two days of training on the latest concepts and practices in peacebuilding and conflict transformation around the world.
The group agreed to form an international initiative for departments of peace by coordinating efforts, sharing information, and encouraging expansion to and inclusion of similar efforts in other countries.It was also agreed to proceed with planning for the Victoria Summit in June 2006, with several countries lining up to host future Summits.
Sixty people from 18 countries on five continents, came together in Victoria, Canada, June 19-22, 2006, for the Second People’s Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace.
The Summit included training in principles and practices of peacebuilding and conflict transformation and nonviolent communication, discussions about how to connect with the growing global network of peace organizations and how to involve youth integrally and effectively in the movement, establishment of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace, and formation of five working groups to expand the global network for and conversation about ministries and departments of peace.
Government and civil society delegates attended the Summit from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, the Philippines, Romania, the Solomon Islands, Spain, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Delegates from Cameroon, Congo, and Sri Lanka were unable to attend due to logistical constraints.
The Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace, which the MFPA participates in, presented a program on June 25, 2006, to a standing-room-only crowd at the First World Peace Forum in Vancouver, Canada. This program was open to the public and included a panel, moderated by Marianne Williamson, of government leaders from around the world discussing the importance of and what it will take to establish ministries and departments of peace. The panel was followed by five parallel workshops on related topics.
The Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace held its Third Global Summit in Japan, September 21-October 3, 2007. The Summit was attended by 50 people from 21 countries on six continents (see photo) and included a six-day conference in Kisarazu, which opened on the International Day of Peace, followed by press conferences, public symposiums, and other public outreach events in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Okinawa.