IIPT World Symposium to honor the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism’s next event will be a World Symposium honoring the legacies of the world’s three champions of Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
IIPT World Symposium
Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations
Through Tourism, Culture and Sports
February 15-20, 2015
To be held at Emperors Palace, nearby O.R. Tambo International Airport, Metropolitan Municipality of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
The Symposium will also commemorate the
50th Anniversary of the African Union
20 years of South African Democracy, and
50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the United States
In announcing the World Symposium, IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said, “Our intent will be to harness the Symposium and legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to build bridges of tourism, friendship and peace between South Africa, India and the United States – and other regions of the world.”
The Symposium, which has been endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will have two basic aims: to identify strategies and best practice in cultivating productive, sustainable, peaceful and welcoming communities through tourism, culture and sports; and to identify the potential roles of tourism, culture and sports in reconciliation and socio-economic re-development of countries that have experienced conflict with a view towards building sustainable and peaceful nations.
Design of the Symposium will be highly interactive with international experts in community development, community tourism, sports, culture and peace engaging with delegates in the exchange of experiences and ideas; and Ministers of Tourism from countries that have experienced conflict sharing their insights and suggestions related to strategies and best practices for reconciliation, healing wounds of conflict and harnessing tourism, culture and sports in the re-development process.
In addition to Ministers of Tourism from Africa, selected Ministers from countries of Europe, Asia and South America that have experienced conflict will also be invited to participate in inter-active plenary session panels.
As with past IIPT Conferences and Summits, Pre-Symposium events will include a full day Educators Forum and full day Student/Youth Leadership Forum. As well, following the precedent of IIPT’s Fifth African Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, a full day Traditional Leaders Forum is also planned.
As well, a US $2,500 scholarship award will be presented to the inter-disciplinary team of 3-5 students writing the best paper on the Symposium Theme of Building Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which has supported IIPT International events since the First IIPT Global Conference, Vancouver 1988, will again be a partner in the Symposium. The Symposium will be organized in collaboration with UNWTO. South Africa Tourism, Gauteng Tourism, South African Airways and the Metropolitan Municipalities of Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg are Host Partners of the Symposium. Additional Symposium Partners and Host Partners will be announced in the days ahead.
IIPT Strategic Partner
The Jamaica Business Resource Center (JBRC) was established in 1994 as a national model for President Clinton's Initiative to help stimulate the expansion of urban economies through the growth and development of Small, Minority and Women Owned Businesses. Since becoming operational in 1995, the Jamaica Business Resource Center has provided Technical and Financial Assistances to over 7500 new and established businesses, helped to secure over $700 million in financing and procurement opportunities and provided high quality, in depth training in the fundamentals of business management to over 6500 entrepreneurs.
JBRC is a strategic partner of IIPT. JBRC's President Timothy Marshall will be conducting a Training session in Community Economic Development for Symposium delegates.
Organizations interested in sponsoring the Symposium are invited to contact:
Louis D’Amore, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundations of Symposium
The World Symposium for Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations builds on six previous IIPT global conferences/summits and some 15 international conferences.
Call for Success Stories
Persons/organizations interested in submitting case studies of “Success Stories” to be considered for presentation in the Symposium Program are invited to contact Elizabeth Smith, Program Coordinator, Email: Elizabeth.Smith@iipt.org – with a copy to
Kunjal Charadva, Program Coordinator, Email: Kunjal.Charadva@iipt.org
South Africa Peace Towns and Villages Campaign
Leading up to IIPT World Symposium
IIPT and Skal International will cooperate in a campaign leading up to the IIPT World Symposium encouraging towns and villages across South Africa to declare themselves as IIPT/Skal Peace Towns (or Villages). A goal of 50 IIPT/Skal Peace Towns and Villages has been set to be achieved by the date of the Symposium, 15 February, 2015 – symbolic of the African Union 50th Anniversary.
Each IIPT/Skål Peace Town or Village will be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development. Collaboration between and among IIPT/Skål Peace Towns and Villages will be encouraged as well as information sharing regarding Peace Town/Village initiatives.
Skål International is the world’s largest membership organization of travel and tourism industry executives with more than 17,000 members in 405 chapters in 87 countries, and with members from each sector of the industry – several of these chapters are in South Africa.
Peace Towns and Villages across South Africa forms part of the IIPT – Skal International Global campaign for Peace Towns and Villages in support of the World War I Centenary and its theme – “No more War.” A goal has been set for 2000 Peace Towns and Villages by the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 2018 – the precise hour that World War I – “the war to end all wars” – was declared over in 1918.
The IIPT/Skål Peace Towns and Villages Initiative builds on the foundations of more than 450 IIPT Peace Parks that have been dedicated to Peace in cities and towns throughout the world beginning in 1992 with IIPT’s “Peace Parks Across Canada” project commemorating Canada’s 125th anniversary as a nation.
Eight Peace Towns and Villages have been achieved to date in South Africa. These are:
Knysna - A spectacular tourism destination In Western Cape Province in the heart of the Garden Route that adheres to international standards of sustainable tourism and each year features the Knysna Oyster Festival.
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa - Proposed by Skal Cape Winelands - Stellenbosch is a college town and the proud capital of the Western Cape wine region. The city was founded in 1685 and is South Africa’s second oldest city, promoting itself as the “most inspiring and innovative town in Africa” and dedicating itself to the values of peace, human rights and sustainable development.
Skills Village 2030 – has implemented a practical framework for workplace experience that uses festivals and events to identify and bring to market – commodities, goods, services and experience unique to the local community. Events build ‘communitas’ – a sense of belonging and workplace experience builds ‘capacity’ where the campus is the community using events to showcase enabling environments for decent livelihoods, social inclusion, cohesion and integration.
Cullinan - Home of the Cullinan diamond mine that produced the world’s largest diamond,the“Cullinan Diamond”. Diamond mine tours are a major tourism attraction of Gauteng Province.
Rayton – offering world class wedding and conference venues, lodges, horse ranches, dairy farms, Bed & Breakfasts, bass fishing, camping and two Museums - the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural and Sammy Marks museums.
Refilwe - Home of the Refilwe Community development initiative and a welcoming spirit towards international volunteers.
Overwacht - Home of a proud Khoisan community, the original inhabitants of Southern Africa whose origins can be traced back 100,000 years.
Alexandra Township - The mother and father of townships in South Africa. The development of Alexandra Township dates back to 1912. It was the only place where black people could buy free-hold land at the time. The Township includes a house where Nelson Mandela stayed.
Other peace initiatives in South Africa include the Dinokeng Game Reserve – IIPT/Skal Nature Conservation Peace Park - the first free-roaming Big 5 residential game reserve in Gauteng Province, South Africa (and probably in the world) next to an urbanized area. A private/public initiative opened in 2011.
South African Towns and Villages interested in dedicating themselves to peace are invited to contact Bernadette Nickol, email: email@example.com
Towns and villages in other regions of the world interested in becoming IIPT/Skal Peace Towns/Villages are invited to contact Elizabeth Smith, email: Elizabeth.Smith@iipt.org
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”