Paris, France, May 20th-21st, 2019
President Emil Constantinescu attended a high-level roundtable forum on „Mobilizing Parliamentarians and Civic Leaders to Implement the Culture of Peace and SDGs through Legislation”, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics in partnership with the World Association of Arts and Sciences, the UN World Association of NGOs and the World Cultural Exchange Organization and held in the Senate of the Assemblée Nationale of France between the 20th and the 21st of May, 2019.
Through this event, the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics launched a major initiative to create a global steering committee made up of politicians, religious leaders and academics to lead the efforts to harness established cultural and religious ethics in order to promote legislation and social action to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim of this gathering was to create a unified coalition of politicians active in the Council of Europe, the Pan-African Parliament and other countries in Eurasia and South America, and at the same time to set the groundwork for the establishment of a number of advisory forums comprised of representative leaders in the fields of religion, education, mass-media and culture to factually inform the implementation of a culture of peace and prosperity through specific legislation that would inform all levels of contemporary educational curricula.
The roundtable saw the attendance and support of a number of notable worldwide representatives of the political, academic and cultural milieu, with Jean Max Rakotomamonjy, Honourable Speaker of the Parliament of Madagascar, Jordi Xucla, Member of the Spanish Cortes and of the Council of Europe, Fiorello Provera, former Italian senator and Director of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, former member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of that body, Ju Hong Lu, from the World Cultural Exchange Organization, Dr. Lahoucine Khabid, on behalf of the Atlas Centre for Diplomacy in Morocco, and Dr. Afzal Choudry, President of the Search for Peace Foundation in the United Kingdom among those in attendance.
The closing ceremony saw the presentation of the Paris Proclamation, which underlined the importance, scope and grounds for this initiative, followed by its ratification through the participant’s signatures as proof of their agreement with the provisions contained within.