Plenary Session: Creating a Peaceful World of Tomorrow: The Geopolitical Economic and Social Imperatives with speakers-

  • H.E. Mr. Kamal Thapa, Deputy Prime Minister, Nepal
  • H.E. Mr. Alojz Peterle, Former Prime Minister, Slovenia and Member of the European
  • Parliament
  • H.E. Mr. Dominique de Villepin, Former Prime Minister, France
  • H.E Prof. Adnan Badran, Former Prime Minister, Jordan
  • H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • H.E. Mr. Jigme Yoser Thinley, Former Prime Minister, Bhutan

Key quotes by Sherry Rehman, Pakistan Member of Senate and VP,  People’s Party, Pakistan

‘Many thought leaders, institutions, governments and civil society should be giving their voice to ideas to change the world. Building peace is a broad ambition that we all share as members of civil society and leaders in our own countries.’

‘There is deep economical and social stress right now. I would like to share with you a few realities from the window that I have from Pakistan. Pakistan is fighting the largest inland war against terrorism and it is doing so alone. It is leaving behind a generation to face decades of uncertainty, extremism, homelessness, inequality and worry about where they belong. It is an epidemic problem today. Boundaries have melted and it has led to chaos.’

‘You can see Europe and South America. I sorry I see very serious challenges: Inequality - the one trauma and stress, the economy vector that is growing between inside nations, that is sharpening social injustice. Air at the top is getting finer, rich is getting richer, while larger numbers are getting excluded. Example South Asia, which is supposed to be the wealthiest regions in the world, all of us are resourceful people who have access to fundamental entitlements.’

‘As a woman, as a citizen, and we all have homes, travel and connected to each others, but this century , we will see a time of deprivation.’

 ‘Climate, economic deprivation and inequality will be a huge divider and be a huge instigator of conflict.  Inclusion, peace, security, homes to live in - are important resources that we should be grateful for.’

 ‘We need to find global ways to bring openness and security to bring harmony. Globe is flattening because of technical revolution. But the fault lines of the system are dividing us.  “One in every 7 human beings is a refugee today” - children that you see washed out on the shore are heartbreaking images. This is a world that is clearly not working. We need to unite people and open up our hearts.’

 ‘We are hosting the largest refugee population in the world now it has gone to Syria. And I’m not happy to share that. Syria has taken over from Pakistan. The way narcotics and terror are finding way into our countries that needs to change. It shames me to hear that the world with its growing resources cannot find shelter for 1 out of 7 people. This will bring anguish. Inequality will incubate fear and conflict and add to all vectors of economy and social disparity.’