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Forest Whitaker To Address World’s Parliamentary Leaders At The UN New York

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Oscar-winning actor and Peace Envoy Forest Whitaker to address world’s parliamentary leaders


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Artist and social activist Forest Whitaker will make a call for action on peace, prosperity and political leadership to the world’s parliamentary leaders at a global conference at UN headquarters in New York on 31 August.

Whitaker, founder and CEO of the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative and a UNESCO Special Envoy for peace and reconciliation, will address the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament as a keynote speaker on the opening day.

He will be joined by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and IPU President Saber Chowdhury.

The Conference, a global summit of the heads of national parliaments will focus on the three pressing issues of the day – democracy, peace and development.

Its outcomes will feed into the UN Summit on Sustainable Development in September, during which new development goals (SDGs) will be adopted.

With more than 150 Speakers of Parliament from most of the world’s nations due to attend the IPU-organized event, the Conference will focus on challenges to peace and democracy and the role parliaments and MPs will play in implementing the new SDGs.

The leadership that Speakers can provide in mobilizing parliamentary action will be crucial to success.


[photo credits-featured image: “UN Members Flags” by I, Aotearoa. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –]



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