Background Note of the Asia Pacific Summit 2019 - Cambodia

There is a growing awareness among people throughout the world of the urgent need for innovative vision and bold leadership if we are to resolve the critical issues of our time. Challenges ranging from poverty, terrorism, climate change, food insecurity, moral decline, forced displacement, natural disasters, and the arms race continue to confront the global community. The Universal Peace Federation, in partnership with representatives of government, civil society, and the private sector, launched the international Summit series in order to effectively address and seek solutions to the critical challenges of our time. The Summit series consists of both world-level Summits and regional-level Summits, dating back several decades. More recently, regional Summits have been convened in Africa, South America, and Asia. In 2018, President of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, collaborated with the Universal Peace Federation in hosting the 1st Africa Summit for Peace and Human Development in January 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. This Summit convened more than 1200 participants from over 60 nations. The 2nd Africa Summit was convened in Cape Town, South Africa, co-sponsored by the Royal House of Mandela, whose mission is to honor the life and legacy of President Nelson Mandela. The Asia Pacific Summit 2018 was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from November 30 to December 3, 2018 on the theme of “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values. 1500 distinguished delegates from 45 nations including 7 current heads of state and government participated in the Summit which was inaugurated by H.E. KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal. This Summit was concluded with the Kathmandu declaration on climate change and will expand and develop the work of previous Summits, drawing on the individual and collective experience, wisdom and insight of world leaders who are committed to building a world of mutual understanding, sustainable peace and prosperity for all. The Asia Pacific Summit 2019 - Cambodia which is co-hosted by UPF, the Cambodian government and civil society organizations will take place in the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Nov. 19, 2019. The Summit is unique in that it will showcase the positive impact of cooperation between government and civil society on peace-building and reconciliation in areas of conflict, bringing about development, prosperity and solutions to other critical issues in society. A selected group of delegates from the Asia Pacific region and throughout the world---more than 50 countries will be represented – will be in attendance, including current and former heads of state, speakers of  parliaments, parliamentarians, leaders from the world’s great religions, women leaders and representatives of the media, academia, business, arts, youth and civil society. The Asia Pacific Summit 2019 – Cambodia will feature the second Asia Pacific Assembly of both the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) and the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD). The Summit will conclude with the Phnom Penh Declaration, an Interfaith Family Festival, Asian Cultural Festival and International Youth Assembly. We believe that your participation in this important conference will contribute greatly to the fulfillment of these shared objectives.


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