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Chairman?s Welcoming Remarks at the Opening Banquet
Rev. Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak, Chairman, IIFWP and IIPC|
January 25, 2004
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests from more than 100 nations around the world. Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of the Founders of the IIFWP, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, I am honored to welcome you to this World Summit on Leadership and Governance.
Many of you have journeyed a long way to be here. I am delighted to see all of you, and to welcome you to my homeland of Korea.
Over the next couple of days we will be addressing a topic of profound importance at this critical time in history. That topic is ?Good Governance for a World in Crisis.? I believe you recognize that our world is standing at a crossroads, a time of decision. The outcome of history will depend on us.
Our world is in need of courageous leadership at this time, and I truly hope this Summit be a source of inspiration for your work for world peace.
The work of the IIFWP over this past year has been remarkable. Within our Middle East Peace Initiative in 2003 we carried our 16 international programs. We launched the Interreligious Peace Sports Festival and convened Leadership Seminars in 159 nations within a two month period. Our HIV/AIDS prevention work continues in Africa and other parts of the world and our service projects and relief efforts continue to develop.
Most importantly, in October of 2003, we launched Interreligious and International Peace Council as a model of the vision of global governance which the IIFWP has been advocating for many years.
The genius of the IIFWP, rooted in the character of the founder, lies in its unifying vision and practice. It always works to reconcile that which has been separated and divided.
As we observe our world at every level, from the individual to the family, from community to society, from the nation to the world, we see critical problems and we see human pain and suffering. The United Nations, the world?s premier institution of global governance, is standing at a crossroads. Recent events have made this clear to many. Where do we find the vision and the leadership needed to transform this world. I believe we can find it right here in this room.
The IIPC represents the interreligious and international vision of the Rev. Moon, and provides a model of governance that expresses this vision.
Tomorrow I will have the opportunity to speak further on this important topic. But, as we build the IIPC in these early stages, we welcome your advice, support and active participation. I want each of you, when you return to your home countries after this conference, to speak to the highest leaders and share the vision of the IIPC, and ask them to support and join the work of the IIPC.
Let me conclude my remarks at this time. Once again, thank you for your participation in this Summit. Let us work together in harmony, unity and cooperation, centered on God?s will for a universal Peace Kingdom of true love. If we work together unselfishly, I truly believe we can change this world.
May this Summit mark a new beginning for each of us as we dedicate ourselves to building a universal peace kingdom under God.
God bless you. Thank you very much.
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