The Global Council for Tolerance and Peace recently convened the Sustaining Peace Conference at the Maltese Parliament, simultaneously unveiling the groundbreaking Global Tolerance Index
In collaboration with the Parliament of Malta, the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace convened a parliamentary conference that brought together heads and representatives from various regional parliaments under the theme “Calling for Sustainable International Peace and Launching the Global Tolerance Index.” The overarching objective was to fortify efforts in spreading tolerance and attaining enduring peace worldwide.
During his inaugural address at the conference, His Excellency Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Jarwan, President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, emphasized the intrinsic connection between sustainable peace and climate security. He articulated, “Without a peaceful, tolerant, and cooperative humanity, achieving climate security is unattainable, and conversely, without a secure climate and a pristine Earth, sustainable peace remains elusive.”
Al Jarwan implored all global partners of the Council to uphold its principles of fostering tolerance and implementing sustainable strategies “for the benefit of the Earth and its inhabitants.” Notably, he announced the introduction of the Global Tolerance Index, a collaborative initiative through which the Council, alongside its partners and members, aims to devise mechanisms for globally measuring tolerance. The index will evaluate the progress of nations aspiring to cultivate societies that endorse diversity, uphold human dignity, and champion tolerance across various domains. Providing valuable insights into the strengths and weaknesses of tolerance efforts, this global index empowers stakeholders to devise strategies fostering a culture of tolerance and supporting global peace.
The conference concluded with the issuance of a pivotal document titled the “Declaration of Sustainable International Peace,” ratified by key figures including the Speaker of the Maltese House of Representatives, the President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, the President of the Pan American and Caribbean Parliament, H.E. Ronaldo Patricio, and the President of the Central American Parliament, PARLACEN, H.E. Silvia Garcia Polanco.
On the sidelines of the conference, at the Maltese Parliament headquarters, H.E. Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Jarwan solidified agreements through memorandums of understanding and joint action. These included a pact with H.E. Ms. Silvia Polanco, President of the Central American Parliament PARLACEN, and another with H.E. Mr. Rolando Patricio, Chairman of the International Relations Committee of the Cuban National Assembly (Parliament). The memorandums underscored collaboration in promoting tolerance and peace at the parliamentary level, marking a significant step towards fostering international cooperation in these crucial areas.