The Rotary Global Peace Forum is one of three international gatherings convened by the global humanitarian service organization to advance peace and understanding throughout the world. Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan, whose one-year term is themed “Peace Through Service”, will present the award to Suu Kyi in recognition of her commitment to non-violent activism on behalf of democracy and human rights in the nation formerly known as Burma.
Suu Kyi also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, while serving what was eventually 15 years under house arrest. Her release in 2010, last year’s end to military rule, and the prospects of nationwide elections in 2015 have enabled Myanmar to establish links with the West. This weekend, President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Suu Kyi, during an historic first visit to Myanmar by a sitting US President.
At the Honolulu conference, attendees from Hawaii and around the world will focus on the importance of preserving peace, protecting our shared environmental resources, and encouraging young adults to believe they can be catalysts for global peace. The Global Peace Forum at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, will be held from Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27, and will feature an array of local and international speakers and interactive workshops.
Rotary International President Tanaka also will convene Peace Forums in Berlin this month (Nov.30-Dec.3) and in Hiroshima (May 16-18, 2013). To register for the Honolulu forum, visit www.peaceforumhawaii.org.