Abu-Ghazaleh: Peace cannot exist without justice

During his participation as a keynote speaker at the “International Conference on Promoting Peace and Coexistence”

AMMAN – HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, founder and chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global), has participated as a keynote speaker at the ‘International Conference on Promoting Peace, Coexistence, and Community Belonging’, organized by the Knights of Peace Society. The Conference was held under the patronage of HE Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Conference convened with the participation of representatives from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestine and Jordan, in the presence of a number of Guests of Honor, including, Shaikha Mariam Bint Hamad Al Khalifa from Bahrain, and Dr. Essam Sharaf, former prime minister of Egypt.

In his keynote address, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh extended his thanks to Dr. Amin Abu Hijleh, head of the Society and president of the Conference, for his kind invitation to the event, which focuses on promoting peace, coexistence and community belonging, stressing that peace cannot exist without justice.

He further pointed out that he has urged in many UN meetings to modify the term "call for peace" to become "call for just peace", since peace will only prevail through justice, coexistence and a harmonious society.

Concerning community service, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh indicated that during his co-chairmanship with former UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan, he worked on drafting the UN Global Compact; which is a universal initiative rallying around ten principles. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh urged for incorporating such principles into school curriculum so that students would learn from an early age about their role and social responsibility towards their community and homeland.

For his part, Dr. Abu Hijleh expressed his thanks and gratitude to Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh and the Guests of Honor, stating that it is time to intensify efforts and join hands to spread peace.

It is worth mentioning that the participants discussed 30 working papers on media, crisis management, community peace, and other topics.