Essence of Keynote Address
By Mr.Paiboon Wattanasiritham
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
On the Occasion of the International Day of Peace
September 18, 2008
At the UPF – Asia International Leadership Conference
“Toward a New Paradigm of Leadership and Good Governance
for Development and Peace”
September 16- 18, 2008
The Emerald Hotel, Bangkok , Thailand
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates from Asian Nations, Ambassadors for Peace, Ladies and Gentlemen :
On this important day commemorating the International Day of Peace organized by the Universal Peace Foundation and Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, it is a great honour and privilege for me to give a keynote address to this distinguished meeting of leaders and delegates from as many as 20 Asian Nations.
Ladiies and Gentlemen,
Over 60 years ago, the Second World War brought about the United Nations, with hopes that it would play a key role in bringing about peace in the world.
Looking back, the actual outcomes have not been as satisfactory as has been hoped, even though the world has so far been without a war as serious as, or on a scale comparable to, the Second World War. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
What Should We Do?
As leaders and members of the 3 major components of society, we should all play our part in helping bring about peace in all its aspects and dimensions, as well as at all levels, of the national and global societies.
We can do one or more of the following :
– resolve (damaging) conflicts
– prevent (damaging) conflicts
– develop ingredients or components of peace
– build the foundation for peace.
The 3 Major Components of Society
Leadership for Peace
A leader for peace needs to have a good vision, be committed to a mission, possess the right concepts, the right skills, and be a learning person.
A Leader for Peace
Let’s make each day in our lives “A Day of Peace”, as well as “A Day for Peace”!
Peace for All! and
All for Peace!
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