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IIPT World Symposium to honor the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The International Institute for Peace through Tourism’s next event will be a World Symposium honoring the legacies of the world’s three champions of Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

IIPT World Symposium

Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations

Through Tourism, Culture and Sports

February 15-20, 2015

To be held at Emperors Palace, nearby O.R. Tambo International Airport, Metropolitan Municipality of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

The Symposium will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the African Union 20 years of South African Democracy, and 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the United States

In announcing the World Symposium, IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said, “Our intent will be to harness the Symposium and legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to build bridges of tourism, friendship and peace between South Africa, India and the United States – and other regions of the world.”

unnamed (6)The Symposium, which has been endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will have two basic aims: to identify strategies and best practice in cultivating productive, sustainable, peaceful and welcoming communities through tourism, culture and sports; and to identify the potential roles of tourism, culture and sports in reconciliation and socio-economic re-development of countries that have experienced conflict with a view towards building sustainable and peaceful nations.

Design of the Symposium will be highly interactive with international experts in community development, community tourism, sports, culture and peace engaging with delegates in the exchange of experiences and ideas; and Ministers of Tourism from countries that have experienced conflict sharing their insights and suggestions related to strategies and best practices for reconciliation, healing wounds of conflict and harnessing tourism, culture and sports in the re-development process.

In addition to Ministers of Tourism from Africa, selected Ministers from countries of Europe, Asia and South America that have experienced conflict will also be invited to participate in inter-active plenary session panels.

Pre-Symposium Forums

As with past IIPT Conferences and Summits, Pre-Symposium events will include a full day Educators Forum and full day Student/Youth Leadership Forum. As well, following the precedent of IIPT’s Fifth African Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, a full day Traditional Leaders Forum is also planned.

As well, a US $2,500 scholarship award will be presented to the inter-disciplinary team of 3-5 students writing the best paper on the Symposium Theme of Building Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport.

IIPT Student:Youth Leadership Forum

IIPT Student/Youth Leadership Forum

 

 

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