Sydney, Australia . Group of Parliamentarians from Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Island, Fiji, Afghanistan, India and Nepal as well as think-tanks and civil society leaders met at Jubilee Hall, NSW Parliament House of Australia on Friday, July 12, 2019. Ek Nath Dhakal, former Peace and Reconstruction Minister of the Government of Nepal highlighted Nepal’s Peace process as a successful model of resolution of conflict through reconciliation, dialogue and democratic practices.
Member of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal, Dhakal, went on and said that Nepal’s success in peace process is unique and it can be replicated to others nations facing similar challenges. Dhakal explained that Nepal’s model of peace-building has been applauded nationally, regionally and internationally. Dhakal argued that Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, one of the co-signatories of the comprehensive peace agreement, who led armed struggle for 10 years in the past, is now actively leading peace and development of the nation, is a excellent candidate for receiving Nobel Peace Prize.
The conference discussed on the topics such as, Critical Challenges of Our Time, Values that Will Sustain Our Future, Media Bias, Freedom and Responsibility, Australia’s Changing Moral Compass and the Role of Youth and Students in Creating Culture of Peace.
The conference was chair by the Australian MP Louis Amato. Conference speakers include Chairman of the Washington Times Tomas McDevitt, Professor Margaret Somerville, Human Rights activist Sophie York, Australian MP David Clarke, longest serving assistant Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament Ross Robertson and ICAPP Standing Committee Member Vijay Jolly form India. It was sponsored by the Int’l Association of Parliamentarians for Peace and the Universal Peace Federation.