UN DESA 53rd Commission for Social Development Side Event: "Peaceful & Cohesive Societies for Social Development"

UN DESA 53rd Commission for Social Development Side Event: "Peaceful & Cohesive Societies for Social Development"
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Date(s) - Feb 11, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

United Nations Headquarters


On the occasion of the UN-DESA 53rd Commission for Social Development, the Journalists and Writers Foundation organized a side-event in a panel discussion format in collaboration with the Albert Schweitzer Institute and Peace Islands Institute.

The side event, titled “Peaceful and Cohesive Societies for Social Development,” seeked to discuss the commitments of the World Summit for Social Development of 1995.

This panel discussed the role of civil societies in implementing the culture of peace in public settings. Speakers presented their works in building peace and preventing conflicts in developing and developed countries. They considered the importance of building a strong society around universal values and achieving tolerance, reconciliation, and social cohesion.

The panel also presented good practices about how a community can contribute to social development through education, social integration, human rights, democracy, and eradication of poverty around the world. This side event also highlighted two UN Development Goals:

Goal #16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Goal #17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.


Prof. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D., Theological Union, University of the Incarnate Word
Prof. David Ives, Executive Director, Albert Schweitzer Institute
Huseyin Hurmali, Vice President, Journalists and Writers Foundation
Moderator – H.E. Carlos Garcia, Former Ambassador of El Salvador to the UN Founder & CEO of Global Consultant

Format of the Side Event

Panel Format with three experts and a moderator
Q&A Session

UN Ground Pass required

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