The initiative was presented to diplomats, parliamentarians, and politicians from different countries
The formation of a network of political leaders to address the issues affecting the peace of the integral human being and nations proposes options for its solution, is an international project presented by the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP).
From the Diplomatic, Parliamentary and Policy Session (DPP) of the Peace Integration Summit, CUMIPAZ 2017-Panama, the initiative was named: Forgers for Peace Council. The announcement was made by the Executive President of the GEAP and Summit Director, William Soto Santiago.
At the opening of the working session, Soto addressed diplomats, parliamentarians, and politicians from different countries, meeting in the Latin American Parliament, where the event was held, to discuss the objectives of the Council:
“We want to propose the creation of a Forgers for Peace Council, in which political, parliamentary and diplomatic actions are articulated, implemented and strengthened, giving priority to human beings and their dignity, their right to justice, peace and happiness, promoting progress, the generation of opportunities, participation and growth through a comprehensive education that strengthens values, promotion and protection of universal rights and respect for differences.”
The network not only includes political leaders who are in the government, but also former presidents, mayors, deputies, first ladies, and all leaders with an interest to generate positive changes in society. Among the objectives is the fight against political corruption.
During the launching ceremony of the DPP Session, the participants were:
- James Matthew Lambert, Secretary of Hemispheric Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS).
- Luis Eduardo Quirós, President of the Commission on Education, Culture, Technology, and Communication of the Parlatino.
- Deputy Yanibel Abrego Smith, President of the National Assembly of Panama.
- Ambassador Julio Cesar Pineda (moderator of the table).
- Gabriela Lara, Director General of the GEAP.
In her inaugural speech, Lara said:
“From the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace, we are aware that the political community is the heart, the soul of each nation because its political decisions determine the destiny of the peoples; They are called to transform society - which is often exclusive - in an inclusive society, unbiased and at peace.”
She assured that the true guarantee of a just, equal and peaceful society is the leader's love for their people and respect for human dignity. "We must generate effective actions to seek the economic and social development of a country, but, above all, an integral development of the human being."
The role of women in institutional political leadership
Yanibel Abrego Smith, President of the National Assembly, emphasized that by incorporating women more into the hierarchy of political power; democracy and respect for human rights are strengthened; ensuring that women's leadership is conciliatory, seeking consensus rather than confrontation, is in most cases efficient and visionary.
“This type of international and national initiatives and dialogues help us to set a new course for new participants who will lead the future, seeking peace among nations. That leadership will only be possible if you count on the participation of women who no longer want to continue in the practice of lateral leadership, but in the new vision of leadership hierarchy that emerges from example and transparency.”.
Commitment of international organizations
The Secretary of Hemispheric Affairs of the OAS, James Lambert, spoke about the commitment of the international organizations in the search for the social, political, economic and cultural well-being of the individual and the nations.
He pointed out that international or multilateral organizations are an essential element in helping global communities to advance social, political, economic and cultural well-being in their environment.
“To have a real impact, a much more inclusive approach is needed to bring government representatives together with other branches of the State: parliamentarians, judicial and centers of excellence”, he said.
The Parlatino on peace and development
Luis Eduardo Quirós, president of the Commission of Education, Culture, Technology, and Communication of the Parlatino, in his participation expressed::
“The social responsibility and sustainability of our humanity depends initially on ourselves, especially on social and governmental leaders, on nations; who through political or social power can guide in a way the destiny of our peoples. ”
He mentioned that, in the General Assembly of the Parlatino (2016), high-level meetings related to prevention policies, drug use, security in the region and the mobilization of parliaments in the face of a non-hate dissertation, which he said should translate into parliamentary harmony; for the strengthening of the quality of democracy and of the parliaments.
DPP Session Themes
- Political and social scope of the Regional Blocks of Continental Integration for the peace and integral happiness of human beings.
- Democracy: The best current system of governance for the peace and happiness of the integral human being and Mother Earth.
- Strengthening diplomacy and foreign policy to consolidate peace in nations and between nations.