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Global Peace Festival

posted Aug 16, 2009, 7:46 PM by Hyungtae Ha   [ updated Oct 24, 2012, 1:30 PM by Minneapolis Family Church ]

The Global Peace Festival is much more than just a festival.

Founded in 2006, it is quickly spreading around the globe uniting people as one family under God.

This revolutionary way of approaching socially relevant issues in partnership with all sectors of society is quickly transforming traditional approaches to problems.

Programs have already developed in many nations including the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Benin, Germany and France.

GPF promotes and celebrates people and programs that contribute to reconciliation, mutual respect, harmony and cooperation among the members of the whole human family.

In partnership with faith-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and the private sector, GPF encourages programs that strengthen God-centered marriages and families, facilitate intercultural and interreligious cooperation, and foster a culture of peace and service.

Ongoing programs culminate in the Global Peace Festival that consists of three main components: an international leadership conference, a social impact program, and a public celebration.

We are:

  • Building a movement involving all sectors of society.
  • Strengthening and raising God-centered marriages and families.
  • Facilitating intercultural and interreligious cooperation.
  • Fostering a global culture of peace and service.
  • Advocating and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
  • Celebrating and demonstrating achievements of ongoing efforts for peace and human development.
  • Inspiring innovative approaches to peacebuilding.
  • Bringing together the human family on every level of society.

Family

Family is the cornerstone of society and the school of love and peace.

The promotion of healthy marriages and families is a core goal for all our activities.

The Global Peace Festival Finale is the culminating celebration of all ongoing programs, involving people of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

This dynamic program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organizations working in the community, and showcases the ongoing efforts of GPF partners.

By engaging public officials and top level entertainers in this celebration, GPF acts as a platform to launch and rally support for new initiatives and programs, as well as highlighting key breakthroughs of ongoing programs.

Service

Each GPF hosts a service impact program, bringing together partners to address nationally relevant issues and promoting a culture of service and peace.

We find ongoing programs in the community that would benefit from our involvement, ensuring that we leave substantial long-term improvements for the community.

Our goal is to design an environment for participants to develop new friendships, creating opportunities to develop their character through serving others. We also want to encourage the involvement of participants in ongoing GPF programs.

GPF brings partners together to address socially relevant issues, contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Coorperation

Each GPF hosts an International Leadership Conference

This conference is a summit of leaders dedicated to the development of a peaceful world. It facilitates cooperation among leaders of all sectors of society that are involved in Ongoing Programs.

The conference:

  • Bring together leaders and partners from all sectors of society
  • Recognize those who are working to bring the community together
  • Invite potential partners to be involved
  • Share the vision and guiding ideals of GPF
  • Encourage ownership of the GPF in the community
  • Is a network opportunity for leaders of ongoing programs to work together
  • Share best practices and develop ongoing programs
  • Exchange ideas for new initiatives
  • Articulate common goals

Process

The Global Peace Festival celebrates the vision of 'One Family Under God' by developing ongoing programs that:

  • Raise and nurture strong marriages and families
  • Facilitate Inter-religious harmony
  • Foster a culture of peace and service

This works hand in hand with the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which aim to:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a global partnership for development

In September 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to peace, security, good governance, and attention to the most vulnerable with the adoption of the Millennium Declaration. Placed at the heart of the global agenda, they are now called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

 

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