President Heidi Hadsell spokeat the 4th annual World Peace Forum November 23 -25 in West Java, Indonesia.
The forum, which hasthe theme ?Consolidating Multicultural Democracy,?brought together world leaders and heads of state, policy makers, religious leaders, intellectuals, peace activists, and prominent figures from different nationalities, as a demonstration of their commitment to promote a peaceful world.
The World Peace Forum says its main objective ?is to advocate the fundamental aspect of world peace through enlightening vision of One Humanity, One Destiny and One Responsibility.?
The forum was organized by the Muhammadiyah organization in Indonesia in cooperation with Cheng Ho Multi Culture Education Trust and the Centre for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilisations.
Hadsell deliveredremarks on “Best Practices in Managing Multicultural Society: Sharing of Experiences” on Sunday, November 25.
In December, Hadsell will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Inclusive America Project of the Aspen Institute?s Justice and Society Program.
She is one of 23 experts who willframe a white paper on religious pluralism in America. Co-chairing the groupare Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, and David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership and a professor of public service at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Hadsell will attend a December 17 meeting at which the group will hear presentations on the role of religion in American civil society, the work of the Pluralism Project and best practices models to foster religious pluralism.
The panel will have five breakout sessions to begin work on the white paper; Hadsell will participate in the higher education session.
The Aspen Institute says the purpose is to find some practical, usable answers to this question: ?In an increasingly religious diverse nation, in which many people consider religion a core value, and many others identify with no religion at all, how can we utilize the values that define us (and are often derived from our religious identity) to build stronger relationships with our fellow citizens from all backgrounds and become better citizens in the process??
The project timetable shows completion of the white paper scheduled for June 2013
The Aspen Instituteis an educational and policy studies organization whose mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.