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Sydney to host internationally-renowned peace builders at Presidential Peacebuilding Conference March 17th Sydney Town Hall

February 23, 2018 Conferences No Comments Email Email

This March Sydney will host the fourth of six Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences taking place globally. Senator Jim Molan AO DSC Major General joins an incredible line-up of internationallyrenowned experts, entrepreneurs, political and business leaders and peace builders who will deliver over 20 keynote lectures and presentations.
Retiring from the Australian Army in July 2008 after 40 years, Jim Molan has had an extensive and salubrious career playing a vital role in the Australian Government’s border control policy development.

Senator Molan will be discussing the role of the military as a force of good and the way peacekeeping operations protect the efforts of peacebuilding in warring nations.

Speaker program highlights include:
• Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus – Founder of microfinance company Grameen Bank, and one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal, Yunus is exceptionally knowledgeable economist and should not be missed.
• Award-winning IT entrepreneur, founder of Integrated Research and global think tank The Institute for Economics, and one of Australia’s largest individual donors of overseas aid, Steve Killelea AM.
• Stephanie Woollard, a Melbourne-born social entrepreneur, Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar and Rotarian who has created the international aid organisation Seven Women
• Former refugee and microfinance expert Mahir Momand, whose projects have created a total of 165,000 small and medium business enterprises in Afghanistan that provided a livelihood for nearly 1 million people.
• Hon. Gladys Berejiklian and distinguished journalist Hugh Riminton, who will MC the event.

The conference will explore the relationship between community development and peace, the underlying causes of conflict including poverty, disease, lack of water and food security and the lack of education.

The Host Organising Committee Chair of RIPPC, Chris McDiven AM says, “the goal of the conference is to work with other like-minded bodies to achieve a greater understanding of the ways to create peace and harmony and to assist in implementing those into our local community and in our state, our country and internationally”.

The conference series officially began February 10, in Vancouver (CA), with other events to follow in Lebanon, USA, Italy and the UK. The Sydney conference will take place on Saturday 17th March 2018.

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