United Nations International Day of Conscience, 2024: World Leaders Summit of Love and Peace

Jonathan Granoff at the World Leader Summit of Love and Peace Celebration, United Nations, New York

United Nations International Day of Conscience, 2024 
World Leaders Summit of Love and Peace

The International Day of Conscience is celebrated every year on April 5, to commemorate the value of human conscience and the aspiration for a better world.

The day served as a beacon, lighting up people’s hearts, awakening people’s conscience, and guiding us to implement the culture of peace with love and conscience. The profound power of conscience plays a pivotal role in achieving global peace and love. This year is the 5th International Day of Conscience, and was hosted by The Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) and the Permanent Mission of Kiribati to the United Nations.

In recent years, humanity has faced unprecedented global crises, from climate change to geopolitical conflicts and the widening gap between rich and poor. It is imperative that all of us come together in a united effort to overcome these challenges. The Secretary-General of the UN, Mr. António Guterres, warned that the “greatest cascade of crises” and the “breakdown in trust” are threatening world peace and security. “2024 must be a year for rebuilding trust and inspiring hope”, Secretary-General Guterres continues to advocate for peace, human rights, and global cooperation, emphasizing the importance of conscience in shaping our collective future.

Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, spoke shortly after Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, H.E. Mohan Pieris, who lauded the organizers for pursuing the achievement of world peace with nothing more than the most powerful human emotion that we are born with: the power of love.

The distinguished leaders convened to deliberate on innovative strategies for addressing pressing global challenges and urgent issues with reference to the violent and deadly conflicts in different parts of the world. They delivered short speeches that emphasized the sharing of experiences, insights, and visions that foster a collaborative spirit that transcends borders. The summit culminated in an undertaking to aspire to promote concrete actions that contribute to peace, love, solidarity, and humanity.

Some of the high-level participants included:

  • Dr. Hong,Tao Tze, President of FOWPAL and Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy
  • H.E. Mr. Teburoro Tito, Ambassador of Permanent Mission of Kiribati to the 
United Nations
  • H.E. Emilija Redzepi, Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo
  • Hon. Mr. Justice Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona O.R.T.T S.C. LLD 
(HON), Former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2013- 
  • Her Excellency Reema Caroma, Former First Lady of the Republic of 
Trinidad and Tobago (2013-2018)
  • H.E. Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, Former Prime Minister of Lesotho
  • H.E. Rosalía Arteaga, Former acting President of Ecuador, and Former Vice 
President of Ecuador
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