Washington, DC, February 21, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Kenya has won the bid to host the 2010 Global Peace Festival and Convention. The event will be held in Nairobi on November 17-20 and is expected to draw 80,000 young people from Kenya and worldwide.
The announcement was made February 16 at a meeting between Kenya President Hon. Mwai Kibaki and Global Peace Festival founder and chairman Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, and Convention organizers.
“While Kenya didn’t win the World Cup or serve as host for the World Economic Forum, we won the Global Peace Convention bid to spotlight Kenya’s pathway to civil society renewal and peace through youth empowerment,” stated Dr. Manu Chandaria, who will serve as Private Sector Chairman for the Global Peace Convention in Kenya.
The organizers included Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Minister of Youth and Sports Hellen Sambili, and Vincent Rapando of GPF Kenya.
The same day, Nairobi Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa joined a coalition of prominent national youth organizations, religious, business and elected leaders to mark the Global Peace Festival and Convention kickoff.
Mayor Majiwa stated “I am proud to support the Convention and will engage the City Council to provide its support.”
In conjunction with the kickoff, 300 youth volunteers planted trees along the Nairobi River as part of the ongoing Nairobi River Peace Initiative. The initiative was launched by GPF in 2008 following a massive Global Peace Festival in Nairobi in 2008 that won broad public and private sector support.
As part of the program, the GPF launched a major initiative to clean one of Kenya’s most treasured waterways, the endangered Nairobi River. The largest environmental restoration project in the nation’s history, the undertaking mobilized thousands of volunteers and was profiled on Kenya National Television.
The GPF is also having regional impact. On Friday, February 12th, the provincial capital Nakuru hosted the Rift Valley Peace Initiative and regional Global Peace Festival kickoff with 300 young leaders from 7 Rift Valley districts.
In partnership with the Peace Cops program and youth organizations from all tribes across the Rift Valley, the GPF will advance post-conflict peacebuilding efforts based on the theme of “One Family under God.”
The GPF also announced the donation of more than 50 mini-water pumps for rural farming in the Rift Valley as part of its Clean Water Initiative.
The Global Peace Festival Foundation’s ongoing social impact initiatives include extensive youth character education and Sports for Peace projects in the Rift Valley, Western, Nairobi, Central and Coast provinces. The Global Peace Festival and GPSA campaign have the support of the Honorable Hellen Sambili, MP and Kenya’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, who strongly backs the youth impact initiatives as a means of long-term peacebuilding and character development for the nation’s youth.
GPF’s (GPSA) also announced a partnership with Grammy Award-winning artist Usher Raymond IV’s New Look Foundation. Entitled “Powered by Service,” the initiative includes awards of mini-grants for youth service projects to combat malaria.
The Global Peace Festival (GPF) is an innovative model of peacebuilding that enlists volunteers across religious and ethnic boundaries in community service, youth engagement, and cultural celebration. Its tri-fold platform includes interfaith initiatives, strengthening families as a cornerstone of peace, and forging a global culture of service. Further information is at www.globalpeacefestival.org and www.globalpeaceservice.org.