The International Leadership Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation was in reaction to the present-day challenges facing the world. Hon. Awudu Mbaya Cyprian who led Cameroon delegation to Ouagadougou upon returning back to Cameroon has declared that there is a pressing need to empower leaders of the world to meet the growing challenges such as peace, security, . Hon. Awudu Mbaya who doubles as Questor at the National Assembly cum President of Pan African Parliamentarians Network on Climate Change said during the conference of August 8-10, 2016 brought together leaders from 28 African countries to reflect on the theme: Addressing the Critical Challenges of our Time: The Role of Governments, Civil Society and Faith-Based. Participants included current parliamentarians, along with religious leaders, women leaders, civil society leaders and media.
He continued that the Conferenceis part of a series of Regional ILCs that are an outgrowth of an ILC that was convened in Korea on February 12-16, 2016, involving more than 800 participants from around the world, and including approximately 150 current parliamentarians from 40 nations.
Besides, participants at the Burkina Faso Conference focused on the search for innovative solutions to some of the critical issues on the local, national, regional and global levels, from climate change to the rise of extremist ideologies, humanitarian disasters, and conflict as well as strategies to strengthen marriages and build strong families for peace and sustainable development.
Hon. Awudu Mbaya said that one of the innovations was the creation of an International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, which will serve as a platform for parliamentarians to bring their experience and wisdom to bear in the search for solutions to our world’s critical problems. Hon. Awudu Mbaya it should be noted was charged to present the final Declaration of the African Regional Chapter of Parliamentarians for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Worthy to note that The Universal Peace Federation was founded by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon with vision rooted in universal spiritual and moral principles that apply to all areas of human endeavor, including the family, society, government, religion, business, academia, media, arts, and sports.