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A Peaceful Gathering. The Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations to Explore Paths to World Peace. Representatives of 18 peacebuilding nations will gather in Washington next week to provide insight, knowledge and experience in the hope that conflict resolution will take the place of war and violence. The Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations will begin on Nov. 1 at the Mayflower Hotel and continue for two days with workshops and presentations on the issue of peaceful resolutions of conflicts. The event is sponsored by the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

This unique symposium will serve as a pillar to support further peacebuilding efforts

The Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations, the first forum aimed at recognizing and honoring the most peaceful countries in the world, will take place on November 1-3, 2009 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Symposium is welcoming delegates from the 18 most peaceful nations in order to celebrate these countries and discover how they achieved their peaceful statuses. To involve the whole world, the globe was divided it into nine major regions the two most peaceful nations in each region were invited to the Symposium. The countries being celebrated are Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Chile, Uruguay, Malawi, Botswana, Oman, Qatar, Costa Rica, Canada, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Vietnam, Denmark and Norway.

The three-day event will kick off Sunday night at 6pm with an opening reception followed by the gala, which will feature an awards ceremony for the recipient nations, a recorded video address by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, live speeches by Harriet Fulbright, President and CEO of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center, and Chic Dambach, President & CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The evening will be capped with a keynote address from the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and current Administrator of the UN Development Programme Helen Clark.

On Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, invited delegates will be meeting and participating in workshops to examine the nature of peacefulness and develop insights into the history, policies and characteristics of the most peaceful nations from around the world. A number of leaders in the world of peacebuilding will be in attendance. Among those participating are Steve Killelea, founder of the GPI, Ambassador Hawa Ndilowe of Malawi, Ambassador Her E. Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy of Oman, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong of Singapore, Ambassador Roman Kirn of Slovenia, Ambassador Gary Doer of Canada, Ambassador Jose Goni of Chile, former U.S Ambassador to the U.N Thomas Pickering, and many others.

The Symposium is being hosted by the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center promotes world peace and nonviolent means of resolving conflicts through effective engagement in all international collaborations - cultural exchange, study abroad, and life-long learning programs.

The Alliance for Peacebuilding is a coalition of diverse organizations dedicated to building sustainable peace and security worldwide by reducing the frequency and severity of violent conflicts. AfP seeks to achieve this goal through initiating collaborative action, building an understanding of and support for peacebuilding, and increasing the effectiveness of the peacebuilding field.

The identification of the most peaceful nations was made possible by the work of the Global Peace Index (GPI). This innovative project establishes a ranking of 144 countries based on their peacefulness and identifies the key drivers of peace. The GPI is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank dedicated to the research and education about the relationship between economics, business and peace.

"This unique symposium will serve as a pillar to support further peacebuilding efforts," said Mrs. Fulbright.

Visit the website : http://www.peacefulnations.org

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