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[20th October 2016, Grand Ballroom, Makati Diamond Residences]



Chairman, International Peace Diplomacy Corps

Peace Leaders’ Congress, Activating United Nations

Your Excellency, the British Ambassador Asif Anwar Ahmad;

The Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps Present;

Honorable Chetan Kumar, the United Nations Philippines Peace Building Senior Advisor;

The Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Republic of the Philippines;

The Partners for Peace;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

The United Nations’ Day marks the commemoration among the 26 founding member states on January 01, 1942. In every sovereign state, there is a historical evolution that has affected its contemporary governance, customs, traditions; the flags it honors articulates the sense of patriotism among citizens.

Today, there are 193 UN member states; there are 193 national flags around the world. As global citizens, there should be no divisions among cultures because there is a universal flag common to everyone which is the UN flag.

The United Nations as a global community organization, is established for the strengthening of humanity despite differences, including temporary disagreements. Like the UN, that blue flag of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps is a banner of hope and assurance. In every day, we can hope to aspire a world where peoples are always united; And assurance, we can always envision for the common good of the majority by encompassing the grassroots sector of the society.

On behalf of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, may I convey our warmest congratulations to the outstanding youth leaders in welcoming everyone to Peace Leaders’ Congress. The theme, Activating Peace Leaders for the United Nations, United IPDCI is indeed equivocal.

I sincerely hope that our commemoration today will encourage more youth leaders to avail opportunities in becoming partners for peace. I congratulate the UN organization on its anniversary, and I count on its continued efforts to promote agenda 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals. Let us carry forward the essence of open-minded, united and deeply rooted in shared values.

The United Nations’ remains relevant and powerful as the only intergovernmental organization present. IPDCI acknowledges the full essence of the UN in exploring opportunities anchored to its purposes. IPDCI acknowledges the supreme leadership of His Excellency Ban Ki-moon as the 8th Secretary General over the last ten years, who came from the regional block of the Asia-Pacific Group.

This gathering is IPDCI’s simple gesture of gratitude for Mr. Ban KI-moon’s outstanding commitment to global development in the context of the following areas: women empowerment, human rights, climate change. He pushed the Sustainable Development Goals towards the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals.

I am pleased and honored to extend my warmest congratulations on behalf of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps the appointment of Mr. Antonio Gutteres as the Secretary General of the United Nations. His recent election process signals a momentum of closer shared principles among the member states as it entails public hearings and consultations.

To UN Secretary General Designate Mr. Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Gutteres, your bold commitment to the welfare of the peoples, your experience on both the highest positions on national and international levels, vision of effective multilateral dialogues, you are indeed the most suited diplomat for everyone.

IPDCI will be cooperative to address some of your top advocacies specifically to Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.

In the Philippines, we have a colorful President. He is non-conventional, and I believe in his unconventional strategies for the common good of everyone. As the father and elder of this sovereign nation, I am confident that President Duterte will forever be in unison with the United Nations.

For as long as IPDCI is present, there is no division, I call it relationship validation of a closer fraternity. He was elected with an overwhelming confidence as the Chief Architect of the Philippine Foreign Policy, and his government promotes friendship for everyone, and continuously exploring more opportunities in strengthening bilateral ties to other nations.

If there are little differences, perhaps the President may consider welcoming fresh faces and youth leaders in his team. I know that the President will choose someone who is objective and truly Filipino.

On a personal note, relationships of nations are more than political boundaries, it is not about popularity or publicity. I see international affairs more solid on the ground of economic ties. In addressing so, there can be sustainable relationships if there are investments, the exportation or importation of goods allow peoples to appreciate commodities. So, trade and investment especially to first timer traders and those who are in the possibility of exploration commercial partnerships should dance the music.

Peace is expanded to economic ties, allowing people to foster business relations. It is the most crucial relationship because money or profit becomes the central core. When it is analyzed on a macro-perspective, demonstration of values and attitudes may win or lose it, or totally paralyzed the whole game. When we have peace as individuals, when the nations are in good state, when the leaders and front liners are conscious with the GNP better than GDP, then the basic needs and wants equation can so be possible, perhaps even more inclusive and sustainable.

This is why, our event partner, the Philippine Innovation Entrepreneurship Mission is taking the lead for Trade and Investment Facilitation to at least the Middle Eastern Region and to West Africa, in cooperation to the Philippine’s prime business channel across the world, the ABS-CBN News Channel. Thank you very much for championing the world!

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III conveyed his greetings to everyone. According to him, “as we observe United Nations’ Day, we continue our efforts to seek peace for Filipinos and all mankind. So long as we remain united, we can be confident in fulfilling the dream that has eluded our nation for so long. Peace will come with Change.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez extended his message on this occasion on behalf of the 17th Congress. He said that, “the 17th Congress believe that we can all be instruments of peace in our personal and official capacities, by upholding the rule of law and harnessing the benefits of diplomacy and consensus-building. Rest assured that we in Congress shall prioritize legislation ensuring that our people’s rights are protected and their welfare vigorously promoted. We are committed to our mission of enacting laws that will deliver to our nation and our people a future better than yesterday and brighter than today.”

The Filipino leaders in the executive and legislative to conclude joins the celebration of a stronger world in a new era of the United Nations.

As we start to hear the various positions of the speakers, I hope that you will remain steadfast in your interest with the UN, the IPDCI, and may you showcase your allegiance to your respective country.

Let me end by saying that in December 11, 2006, Koffi Annan delivered his final speech as United Nations Secretary General at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence. He shared five lessons which can be summed up as five principles necessary for the future conduct of international relations according to him: (1) collective responsibility; (2) global solidarity; (3) the rule of law; (4) mutual accountability; (5) and multilateralism. He further articulated, “My friends, our challenge today is not to save Western civilisation - or Eastern, for that matter. All civilisation is at stake, and we can save it only if all peoples join together in the task.

Thank you.




[20th October 2016, Grand Ballroom, Makati Diamond Residences]



Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

of the State of Qatar to the Republic of the Philippines

The Role of Qatar for the United Nations

Mr. Rey Runtgen Martin L. Del Rosario, Chairman of International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. IPDCI


Distinguished and honorable guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear friends,

In the beginning, I would like to express my happiness for inviting me to participate in this event of the International Day of Peace, in partnership with UNESCO Club of the University of the Philippines, under the auspices of the United Nations.

At first, I would like to assure that the State of Qatar believes in the United Nations’ role aimed at maintaining the international peace and security, conflict prevention, peace-making and conservation and sustainable development, as well as it confirms that the UN Security Council’s reform process is a collective demand for the majority of Member States and regional groups at the United Nations, in addition to Qatar’s support of the proposals for reforms of the Security Council and the working procedures of the Council, and also the voluntary change of use of veto, and the collective pledge not to block accountability in relation to the war and acts of genocide crimes, raise the level of transparency and openness, where the State of Qatar demanded a permanent seat for Arab and Islamic groups.

This appears from the fixed policies of the State of Qatar to achieve its ambition and strategic interests, where its foreign policy based on the principles of consolidating international peace and security, by promoting the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means and the support of people to self-determination, and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States and cooperation with peace-loving nations.

Since its accession to the United Nations in September 21, 1971, the State of Qatar has been keen to establish bilateral and multilateral relations in various regional forums, where it was keen to be an active player in the international community through the launch and adoption of global initiatives of organizations and bodies, to reflect its principles in order to serve humanity and meet the aspirations of the people.

The State of Qatar also focused on contributing in achieving stability, security and international peace and the resolution of disputes by peaceful means through preventive diplomacy and mediation, in order to ensure and guarantee creation of a safe and stable environment in the Middle East and throughout the world.

The State of Qatar has made diplomatic efforts and political unremitting in the regional and international levels in mediating between factions, entities and states, at the request of the parties concerned without interfering in the internal affairs of countries, to Convergence of views and find sustainable solutions to disputes and differences, in a fair and impartial way, as well as hosting negotiations and contributes as a facilitator in dialogues. These efforts have resulted in many successes of thus contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security. The Qatari mediation played a role in reaching the Doha agreement for peace in Darfur, and in the release of Eritrea Djiboutians’ prisoners recently, and also in promoting reconciliation among the Palestinians, and the release of the hostages in Syria, and before that, resulted in an end to the presidential vacuum in Lebanon, among others.

Qatar believes that terrorism and extremism cannot deal without addressing the root causes that lead to them by:

• Attention to education, building capacities, empowering local communities and providing employment and training opportunities and boost the economy.

• Encourage dialogue, embrace the values of tolerance, fight against extremism and coexistence, and renunciation of sectarian or ethnic discrimination, as the State of Qatar established the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue and Hamad Bin Khalifa Islamic center in Denmark to promote peaceful coexistence and fight against extremism.

• In addition to the commitment to a peaceful foreign policy that prevents armed conflicts, and contributes to their resolution through peaceful means, such as mediation, in parallel with the approach based on development.

• Commitment to the United Nations’ principles and purposes, agreements, resolutions, commitments and the relevant international laws.

• Not to be linked to any religion, race or culture with terrorism or violent extremism or the phenomenon of foreign fighters and terrorists, and the need to pick nomenclature and terminology used in describing terrorism and terrorists and refuse to use false and generalized names.

Qatar is committed to the principles and objectives on which the United Nations works, in particular, the respect of human rights, in line with the Arab-Islamic values of the state, where Qatar firmly believes that the promotion and protection of human rights is a strategic choice, which is the main factor of economic, social and cultural, environmental transformation of the State, involving important pillars affecting the key issues of human rights in the areas of education, health, environment, labor rights, empowerment of women and children's rights, as the State of Qatar is a member in the council of Human rights, and it has an active role in strengthening the Council's tasks that provide for the achievement of universal respect for all the values and principles of human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination, as well as respond effectively to human rights abuses being committed all over the world. In addition, protecting and enhancing the labor rights of the migrant workers in Qatar is considered a strategic choice of the State, which value the contributions of migrant workers and their role in the development and advancement project sought by the State, as there is no doubt about the continuous commitment of the State of Qatar in the ongoing reform and implementation of the laws relating to the migrant workers’ rights.

The State of Qatar Pledged to contribute to the humanitarian objectives and development around the world with US$10-Billion over the next ten years, through humanitarian, development and political initiatives, in line with the foreign policy of the State of Qatar to achieve and enhance the international security and stability, it should be noted that the efforts of the State of Qatar in humanitarian work has spread to more than 100 countries worldwide.

The State of Qatar supports several programs aimed at education in the areas of conflicts, and it seeks to reach 10 million children around the world, as Qatar is one of the first countries that urged the protection of education, thus, the State of Qatar saves lives and ensures peace and welfare of the students and teachers in the areas of the conflicts, as it seeks through its development initiative to create jobs and stimulate the economy of developing countries, which aims to the economic empowerment of individuals and communities, especially the youth. The State also pays great attention to building peaceful and flexible societies to meet its needs, beside contributing to the efforts in order to achieve development in those communities through sustainability.

In conclusion, I would like to assure you that the State of Qatar is committed to the principles and objectives of the United Nations, and it is considered an active player in the international community, where it launched and adopted many global initiatives in many organizations and the international bodies to the United Nations, It is also interested in achieving international stability, security and peace. Since the year of 2006, the State of Qatar is playing a pivotal role in the mediation, and it was still looking to humanitarian support and development next to its efforts in the resolution of disputes by peaceful means, as it adopts the political solutions of conflict resolution, peace-building and contribute to achieve security and stability, which is a strategic choice in line with international and fixed humanitarian obligations, and it always invites the international community to promote humanitarian initiatives, as well as lend a hand in helping and assisting in the education of children, especially in areas of crises and conflicts, beside the attention to protection of this category and arming them with education as the basis for the advancement of society.

Thank You

Ali Ibrahim AL-Malki

Ambassador of the State of Qatar





[20th October 2016, Grand Ballroom, Makati Diamond Residences]



Economic and Trade Relations, First Secretary

of the Czech Republic to the Republic of the Philippines

Czech Republic in Afghanistan along with UN Assistance Mission

in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Ladies and Gentlemen, ambassadors, distinguish guests

It is my great honor to be able to speak in front of such a unique audience next to distinguish and excellent speakers of today’s morning as we observe the United Nations Day.

It is important that we remind ourselves of the need for a common international and global platform, where ideas can be exchanged and discussions conducted around one table.

It is even more important, that we participate, when these ideas and discussions concern peace and stability of our planet. Peace diplomacy participation is a concept that needs to be continuously nourished and adapted to the scenarios that we face as an international community.

You are very much aware of the instruments of peace participation within the United Nations through the permanent missions, resolutions, individual committees, seminars and discussions.

Now, the message I would like to convey to you is the one of the ground experience as former diplomat in Afghanistan, that gave me a unique lens of how the Czech Republic participates in peace diplomacy and views the UN in today’s world through a prism of Czech diplomat in hardship posting.

Afghanistan is suffering greatly from the decades of war against insurgent groups, political instability, lack of economic activity and corruption. It is also a nation with heavy international presence including the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan established by Security Council resolution 1401 in 2002.

When I arrived in Kabul I was greeted by heavily armed security team that gave me the first present in Afghanistan-a heavy duty bulletproof vest. This ballistic protection was my partner for next 2 years and to me it was a symbol of the dire need to conduct peace diplomacy and work with organizations such as the UN mission.

It is important to understand that the Czech Republic is among the 10th largest troop contributing countries to the NATO Resolute support mission as well as a provider of development AID to the country. The small embassy of 2 diplomats and ambassador regularly participates on NATO, EU and UN meetings. This is a unique role of a small European nation of 10.5 million citizens. The establishment of embassy, presence of our troops and regular meetings with local government officials were the main on the ground instruments how I viewed UN and our national role in peace diplomacy.

Czech Republic contributes to Law and Order Trust fund of Afghanistan, which is the main funding source of the Afghan National Police. It is managed by UNDP. As stated “UNDP and the donor community work closely with the Government of Afghanistan to build and maintain a professional police force and implement the reform priorities of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA)”.

Cooperative trust fund management is exactly the form of cooperation that we see today in the various theaters between the nations and the United Nations agencies such as the UNDP.

The information sharing that I have experienced with UNHCR, FAO and individuals during our UNAMA coordination meetings ensured me, that United Nations as an organization is absolutely vital in environments such as Afghanistan. It is also this the very platform where Czech Foreign policy can be implemented, discussed and where it can contribute to the common goal.

UN capabilities far exceed the largest embassies in terms of geographical coverage and the number of local employees, therefore the obtained information is not only very valuable but also unique in its nature. In exchange the embassies provided information from their valuable sources. IN our case it was the czech civil society groups that were operating in close by regions. This is the nature of the raw on the ground cooperation.

I can very much relate to September 2015,when Taliban forces took over northern afghan city of Kunduz overnight. All of sudden the northern capital and large parts of the province became an unreachable zone. Im talking about essential information such as on possibility of having our citizens in need, food shortage, number of casualties, violations of human rights or possible war crimes. The UN assistance mission had a large part of its workers still reporting from the battlefield in an efficient matter that we could later analyze to get an idea of the possible developments and report it back to the capitals with our commentaries. Those documents then serve as basic materials for the extensive discussions in New York.

To have a forum such as UNAMA in Afghanistan ensures the community of nations to share their views on providing support to the commonly agreed goal of afghan sovereignty, leadership and state ownership. It even goes further as having a single channel of communicating agreed upon multilateral issues and concerns with recent developments to the government.

I represent the Czech Republic as employee of the Ministry of Foreign affairs but I can only speak of my experience how I view the United Nations from a point of a diplomat working with UN agencies and missions abroad.

I do mind being frank and honest in this forum. I viewed the role of the Czech Republic in accordance with its principles and purposes specifically stated in chapter 1 article 3,which states “To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion;

Would this view be identical with my colleagues from the permanent mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York City? Most likely not. The different views are embedded in the nature of your experience and its outcomes. The New York theater of different negotiations, voting procedures and exchanging votes is far away from the afghan theater, where simple information such as checkpoint closure has a far reaching consequences.

This simple realization of the differences takes me back to our essential question of the role of the Czech Republic for the United Nations. It is no doubt that we support the organization, the charter and are ready to engage in discussions with all 193 nations. We certainly realize the limits of the Security council or proportional voting in terms of regional alliances but there is no doubt that we support the worldwide platform as instrument of global cooperation and we are actively engaged in it.. Czech Republic is a member of the European community and Visegrad group,which provides stable and predictable partner on the UN worldwide stage.

In conclusion I’d like to go back to my university times. During my studies I was an intern sitting at the Security Council hastily writing notes about the current topics focusing on the quality of the report to be produced. Couple years later I find myself taking notes inside the UNAMA compound in Kabul. I realized that both of these experiences are essential. Not only because you see the resolutions being implemented but also you understand that the cooperative effort and international involvement powered by diplomacy is imperative to our humanity.

Thank you very much.




[20th October 2016, Grand Ballroom, Makati Diamond Residences]



Consul Ad Honorem

of the Togo Republic to the Republic of the Philippines

2015 Peace Diplomacy Fellow, International Peace Diplomacy Corps

The Role of Togo for the United Nations

Good morning everyone!

IPDCI Chairman Rey Runtgen del Rosario,


Colleagues in the Diplomatic and Consular Corps,

IPDCI Fellow Officers,

The Outstanding Youth Leaders,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Togo or officially known as Togolese Republic is a sovereign state situated in West Africa. To most of you, Togo is an unknown country. Like the Philippines, Togo is one of the most exciting country because of its tropical country. The population is approximately 7.5 million, and French is the official language.

In the international community, Togo is an active member of the United Nations, African Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, and La Francophonie and Economic Community of West African States among others.

Togo’s history started way back the 11th century. Let me talk more on the recent developments of Togo in today’s world. Togo’s independence from the French Togoland came in 1960. United Nations was founded in 1942 with the 26 founding member states. Togo’s independence came into the entry only after 18 years since the founding of the United Nations.

Today, Togo’s foreign policy is non-aligned, although it has strong cultural ties with Western Europe, especially Germany and France.

Togo has an active relation with its neighboring countries in West Africa, and a very colorful member to the African Union.

More broadly, Togo recognizes the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Cuba, and re-established diplomatic ties with Israel in 1987.

Togo pursues an active foreign policy and participates in many international organizations. It is particularly active in West African regional affairs and in the African Union. Relations between Togo and neighboring states are generally good.

Business Wire states that Togo has been selected by the United Nations General Assembly to occupy a non-permanent seat from 2012-2013 along with the five permanent members (namely China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States) and ten non-permanent members. Togo was chosen by the General Assembly amongst the two other competitors within the African Region (namely Mauritania and Morocco).

In 2013, the Government of Togo released a statement that strongly affirms its connection with the UN as well as their fellow Security Council Members while stating the following: “Through our own development, we’ve demonstrated that we are dedicated and invested in seeing prosperity and peace in Africa. We are a strong and growing nation and are ready to stand beside the other members of the Security Council in bringing peace, stability, and security to the other nations.”

The Republic of Togo is a partner for peace in the international affairs specifically in the promotion of international peace and their stands in resolving international cases. Concretely, UN data showed that Togolese troops are deployed in peace keeping operations within the African Region and has provided the largest deployment of UN peace keeping troops aiming to pursue peace, security, stability, and human rights within the region.

Let me share the stand of Togo in the recent UN General Assembly, on September 26, 2016, His Excellency Kokou Kpayedo, the Permanent Representative of Togo to the United Nations:

KOKOU KPAYEDO said the international community had begun to implement the 2030 Agenda to transform the world, making it more prosperous and secure. As a pilot country for the Agenda, Togo had submitted to the advanced reporting exercise its policies and programmes of implementation. His State had shown progress in economic diversity, agriculture, infrastructure, reducing poverty, business ventures and promoting peace as well as democracy. With national financing and support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), it had launched an emergency community development programme to assist the most vulnerable. Prioritizing development in favour of that population was vital in the current context of pressing challenges, including disease, conflict and terrorism. On security, he stressed that an effective counter-terrorism strategy would require all States to work together and wealthy countries to contribute more.

Therefore, United Nations is very relevant to Togo. UN is an association that promotes peace among its member states. Togo firmly stands the ideals of the United Nations Charter.

I would like to extend to the Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps the opportunity to serve as the 2015 Peace Diplomacy Fellow. To all delegates who are here, incase you need cultural partnership with Togo, it is also for the International Peace Diplomacy Corps. Togo is willing to become a partner for peace to everyone, I’m very sure that Chairman Rey del Rosario will always welcome everyone.

To the youth leaders and delegates present today, remember that the International Peace Diplomacy Corps work imperative to the platform of the United Nations.




[21st September 2016, Leviste, Dela Rosa & Paseo Halls, Makati Diamond Residences]



Chairman, International Peace Diplomacy Corps

[Accelerating Sustainable Peace Diplomacy Culture: United IPDCI, Stronger World]

Your Excellencies, The Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Tanhaei;

The Brazilian Ambassador Rodrigo Do Amaral Souza;

The Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps Present;

United Nations Philippines, Hon. Chetan Kumar;

To the Messengers of Peace;

We come together for one agenda, to proliferate and promulgate peace actions. Congratulations for your attendance!

After 70 Year of the United Nations existence, the International Peace Diplomacy Corps is here poised to take off, united for our common shared goal.

IPDCI was founded on the platform of the Post- Millennium Development Goals, grounded to some peace principles anchored to the paramount essence of the UN Charter.

In September 2015, twelve months ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals unanimously by the 193 member states. Together with such inspiring shared vision of humanity and social contact, as today’s UN theme for the observance of the International Peace Day- IPDCI strongly affirms its social contact, in today’s historical Peace Diplomacy Convention.

In the aftermath of World War II, various organizations including nations and front liner state actors, promotion of humanity has trended.

As today’s Peace Diplomacy Convention is a super bowl of diplomacy, like many nations, there is so much of awareness that needs to be raised to open our diverse thoughts and ideas. This is a good time to speak face to face as we commit ourselves to some peace ideals rooted on the pillars of the IPDCI.

IPDCI shall address as a building block in landscaping and designing the architecture of peace. IPDCI shall strengthen its peace pillars namely (1) peace diplomacy participation; (2) peace diplomacy culture; and, (3) peace diplomacy administration and policy in the coming months. These pillars are not only shaped in the Charter but also by the participation and treatment of the society, the peoples, amongst ourselves.

That is the Mission. This is IPDCI’s challenge, to bring leaders united in the midst of complex factors. IPDCI’s vision is for the accreditation of the UN ECOSOC in the coming years.

Thank you IPDCI Honorary Board, Atty. Roderick Salazar II who will continuously safeguard the legal accreditation process, IPDCI legal rights;

Chilean diplomat Camilo Sanhueza will bring more congruent programs anchored on the expectations of the UN ECOSOC as an expert to international disarmament. He will continue to pound strong policy convergence in the international arena given his first-hand experience in Palais des Nations.

In Africa, IPDCI Honorary Chairman Emeritus Ambassador Akinyemi Farounbi is in the process of creating a Media Institute; IPDCI will always incorporate African interests and peace ideals in its advocacy.

IPDCI Ambassador, a Philippine politician and celebrity, Angelica Jones Alarva will continue to be a voice in the promotion of women’s and children’s rights, uplifting the social conditions of those who are dehumanized by the society.

Right now, we are seven hours earlier to the actual celebration of the International Peace Day to be headed by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon in the UN Peace Garden as they will ring the Japanese Peace Bell, as the observance to a minute of silence.

Dear Friends- your presence today marks extraordinary commemoration, we gather today to reciprocate our heritage desires for our shared aspirations and collective thoughts on peace in this challenging times.

I stand here with great conviction because of the confidence you have showed by your presence and desire to this noble cause. We are witnessing such historical hallmarks; we are opening our arms to embrace United IPDCI, Stronger World.

Estamos presenciando tales momentos históricos! Estamos de brazos abiertos para abrazar United IPDCI: un Mundo más Fuerte.

IPDCI shares the common interest of this new Philippine administration, and IPDCI performs the rhythm in good modulation for the UN.

On that note, IPDCI is confidently at peace with the overwhelming message of solidarity and gesture of profound support from the Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, including those legislators who have extended their greetings to this occasion.

This convention is not about the IPDCI. This is about the people’s social rights.

And, IPDCI firmly believes that involved parties should welcome the decision of the United Nations Tribunal in the case of West Philippine Sea. China’s historical claim is also convened with our solidarity of bridging fraternity, not through intimidation, but for peace.

Good news! Congressman Roilo Golez will lobby peaceful conflict resolution in the actual Philippine diplomacy, IPDCI will be absolutely supportive.

On the issue of human rights, IPDCI will initiate and lead forums in partnership with the academe, legal centers, including media partners for advocacy dissemination drive.

IPDCI will strengthen the bridge of cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, thank you Madam Akiko Ono.

I am campaigning for alliance and cooperation. I am asking all delegates to help IPDCI in bringing more concrete actions reflective to its pillars. As we start taking off, this is now the advent of a more proactive programs for the society. Progressive on October 20, IPDCI will commemorate UN Day with promising youth leaders in this same venue.

The future belongs to those who are brave, to those who are initiators to game changers, to those whose wisdom is its actuality; these are all part of the processes of exploration of goodwill.

Join me in this life changing advocacy as IPDCI continue to raise the millions of unspoken words in this world, let ourselves be exemplars as messengers of peace.

This call is truly for the universal alliance. To accept peace is to reject differences. When people becomes united as one, as principles govern them, that is how it should be.

International Peace Diplomacy Corps stand with such ambitious goals in bringing peace closer to humanity, “In Our Hands” as David Pomeranz sings it.

To our peace partners, thank you for sharing with us your valued commitment and dedication;

To IPDCI Ambassador Attorney Noli Santos, thank you for adopting IPDCI in your own international center; I will never stop praying for your complete healing and recovery;

To IPDCI 2015 Peace Diplomacy Fellow & Spokesperson Consul Visitaction Evie Costa, thank you for making your Consulate as IPDCI’s comfort home;

To everyone’s surprise, I am also thankful for the never ending gracious assistance of IPDCI Social Secretary, the Social Secretary of the Embassy of Nigeria, Ms. Zheena Sesbreno for your kind assistance;

Also, to Iran’s Social Secretary Ms. Susan Chan and Oman’s Social Secretary Ms. Marge Napiza for their kind facilitation;

As we activate our advocacy, share with us your resolutions to meet a sustainable culture on the march. For these reasons, IPDCI is fully determined to leave stronger legacy.

With the advancement of technology and innovation, I believe that heroes of today are not only fictional characters, they may not be perfect, at times, they are often wounded, but they are like anyone else in this hall.

This is only the advent; we are only entering the first chapter of the great story of Peace Diplomacy Convention. I am very excited that from now, we will all write the history of IPDCI, perhaps a collection of culminating peace contributions, and in the future, we may forget all the designations and career path we have, and to all the titles we will reap, but the story of IPDCI will always be worth sharing to our children, and for the next generation.

Abraham Lincoln once stated that nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power- and IPDCI will continuously employ the use of power in the engagement of peace war.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great privilege to introduce and welcome the United Nations’ Philippines, the representative of Ambassador Ola Almgren, a man who have fought and progressively fighting for our peace rights, from the Office of the UN Secretary General, to Manila, and now with us.

On behalf of the IPDCI, I have the honor to invite Honorable Chetan Kumar to address the Assembly.



[21st September 2016, Leviste, Dela Rosa & Paseo Halls, Makati Diamond Residences]



Charge D’affaires

of the Republic of Chile to the Republic of the Philippines

[2016 Peace Diplomacy Fellow, International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.]

[Peace Diplomacy Participation] – IPDCI First Pillar

Before anything else, I would like to thank the Chairman of the International Peace Diplomacy Corp, Mr. ReyRon del Rosario for the invitation to participate during this important event. We are celebrating the involment of the Civil Society in the promotion and concretion of the purpose and the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, especially the Post Millennium Development Goals in favor of World Peace and stability.

In order to consolidate Peace, we should understand why violence arises, at individual, group, society, national and international level. In broader terms, two thinkers tried to provide us with an answer: Rousseau, an idealist, tells us that man by nature is peaceful, but civilization turned him to be violent; and Hobbes, a realist, points out that war and violence are endemic and constant factors in human societies. I am inclined to the last assessment. There are enough indications that violence is associated with the origin of mankind, therefore it not derives from the later formation of the pre-state political society.

An amateur French anthropologist, a customs official, in the 19th century, after having excavated in the Valley of Somme, found strange elements, that later on experts identified as arms used by man during the Stone Age to make war. With these modest tools, neeanderthales, in what is now Germany, and cromagnons, in what is now known as France, were in combat for the control of the territory. During the World War I and II, with much more sophisticated arms, they would continue the battle in the same territory. For more than 500 centuries, after two thousand generations, the battle still continues in the same region. How many similar wars are recorded in annals of History?

Although the above mentioned seems to narrate a pessimistic flow that brings us from one war to the other, we are also aware that the progress of civilization has given us the right and the moral, science, religion, philosophy and letters, meanwhile accumulated knowledge.

The impulsive violence of an individual, the competitive interests of groups, of the material needs of the societies, and the fluctuating power of the nations, is what brings about conflict. How to stop this? It should be noted that the instinct to war also involves the defensiveness. The instinct of the association brings about the answer. Man dreads solitude and searches in the number, the strength to attack as well as to protect himself. He becomes gregarious.

Little by little the society is born and develops, assuring the peace and tranquility of the individual. The Society thus becomes a reasonable and logical entity. However, the groups, as it occurs with individuals, also feel threatened in their existence. In this manner, on a different level, rivalry resurfaces, hence a potential conflict. There are multiple causes for the war: sociological, economics, political, religious, among others. To make war, a State must be rich and for this it must possess an industry, to develop the industry must import and export goods and resources. That State must be willing to fight for the means that it considers vital for its existence, and for controlling the routes for which the exchange will take place.

Due to the fluctuation of power, it becomes difficult to draw out treaties that perpetuate a State situation. To appeal to the conscience of humanity, has not had a great effect in world history. The moral order is a habit generated for centuries of coercion. The international moral awaits the arrival of the international order, and this last one counts to equip itself of legitimate coercion.

From the middle of the 20th Century there has been a gradual change in the conscience of the international community, having to reappraise ethical values when confronted to indiscriminating violence. The classical approach of “jus ad bellum”, pass to the necessity to justify the resource to war, and the “jus in bellum”, to establish limits in the use of violence during the hostilities, and from there to the establishment of fundamental principles of suspension of acts of aggression, a peaceful solution for the controversies and abstaining from the use of threats of force, while recognizing the right to a legitimate defense, encoded in the Charter of the United Nations.

There are changes in the patterns of war, limitations in the destruction have been established, protection of civilians, and an intent to reduce casualties. The armed forces of numerous countries allocate huge resources through peace missions and support States threatened by sectarian violence. However, nowadays the global instability appears to be the norm and peace the exception. The political and economic uncertainty, combined with the phenomenon of climatic change and the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution, contribute in creating a sensation of unprecedented volatility.

Diplomats and experts on issues of security and defense have reunited not so long ago in two major conferences in order to approach these issues: Davos and Munich, identifying that the potentiality of violence among the big ones seems to be more evident now that in any other times, after the end of the Cold War. Many of the worst conflicts have become more perverse and fragmented. The civil wars are generating records of displaced population. More people die as a result of terrorist acts. These numbers are a contrast from the decline of violence organized during the past 50 years.

An approach in favor of Peace does not pass by emotions, nor by an idealistic perspective, but instead by a careful study of the causes of War. Peace has to be planned and organized, even more carefully than preparing for war. It is required to anticipate and counteract, from a holistic point of view. We are called to contribute to this enormous and challenging task. A better understanding of our neighbors is needed, and learning from them. Like Aristotle recommended, we should be more attentive and not fall in utopias. We cannot pretend to improve the World faster than improving ourselves before. There is an imperative of education and civilization for Peace.

Manila, Philippines





[21st September 2016, Leviste, Dela Rosa & Paseo Halls, Makati Diamond Residences]



Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Republic of the Philippines

[Peace Diplomacy Culture]- IPDCI Second Pillar

Mr. Rey Runtgen Martin L. del Rosario, Chairman, International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. IPDCI


Distinguished and honorable guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

Dear friends

I’d like to Thank IPDCI for the opportunity given to me to be here among my colleagues and friends and talk to you and hear from you although the truth is that I am not an expert on the subject and I only would like to share my knowledge and experience with you.

It seems that most of human history has been associated with violence rather than peace although in parallel there has always been the quest for peace.

Peace and the culture of peace can be looked into from different angles and various perspectives. As my country is located in one of the most precarious and riskiest regions of the world, so I would like to review this issue through the window of the concept of development and international relations.

We know the Middle East is a high contrast and less developed parts of the world. A lot of unrest both within countries and among them can be seen. Why is there such a situation like? The main reason simply goes back to lack of cooperation, solidarity and the least amount of common interest among the countries of the region.

Politically, misunderstanding and the fundamental contradiction exist between the countries. Economically there is no significant convergence, and militarily each country is following its own independent doctrine and strategy. Social and cultural cooperation and linkage is at the minimum level. So if there would be no harmony there would be no peace and stability.

Regardless of World Wars and those wars that are conducted for strategic and geopolitical reasons, I believe cultural and economical backwardness is the most important cause for the outbreak of wars. The absence of peace and the culture of peace is deep rooted in the lack of development and the culture of development. Development is the back ground to the peace, without sustainable development there will not be a sustainable peace.

As far as I know United Nations documents and programs also refer to replace the culture of war and violence with a culture of peace based on education for peace and the promotion of sustainable economic and social development.

How economic developments evolve in a society or a country?

Mankind needs to reach to the peace first inside and provide a clear-cut definition of himself or herself. Then it comes to the community and the society. A country also needs to have a precise and explicit definition of itself, and its people all need to reach an overall understanding and solidarity, that is known as social contract. The citizens and elites of a country should reach to a stable macro philosophical conceptual framework of social and political order. Then this comprehensive macro definition must go through micro and minor levels and layers of the society and becomes operational.

So every society and every country must first resolve the issue of its identity. The process of nation-building should be taken. To achieve to this goal there must be understanding, dialogue, cooperation, trust and belief in development among people in order to come to a common view and definition on key concepts such as government, religion, human rights, prosperity, freedom and peace. The more precise these definitions are the closer the society would be to peace and stability.

In societies or countries where deep and wide disparities exist the risk of conflict remains high. The existence of sediment of old political culture in a society and less understanding among the main pillars of the community, namely scholars, rulers and people will naturally lead to no harmony and there will be always a potential for unrest and conflict. In one word the countries must pass the process of nation building to become mature and to reach to the level of a nation-state.

Another important element that makes considerable contribution to the stability and security of societies is specialization. Societies that value expertise and proficiency show better social, economic and political behaviors. Because their inter connections is based on rules not relationship. Specialization will pave the way for creativity and production while those societies which do not recognize production as a basic principle resort to different ideological tendencies and those ideologies of intolerance and dogmatism provide a fertile ground for ethnic, racial and religious conflicts.

The principle of production teaches the man the principle of cooperation. In this sense, it seems that economic development takes precedence over the political development and it should be taken into consideration in the peace making and nation building process. This has been the experience of all developed countries. Economic activities are a main source of intellectual creativity and tolerance. In this way society learns how to work and compromise together, showing political tolerance and abstains from violence. This trends and the process should be followed in a society to lead the people to establishments, institutions and distance them from conflicts.

I believe Peace in every country comes from within, external factors are just facilitating. Each country must choose its way of peace or war by itself! I do not want to ignore the role of external factors and international community; I mean the peace cannot be injected to a country but the decisive and affecting internal factors can be helped in a proper way to carry out their inherent tasks to eliminate violence and establish peace.

I have to emphasize on this fact that countries that have been able to establish closer ties with the outside world and more clearly defined their relations with international community are more confident and stable.

They are able to cooperate with the rest of the world in common fields, and manage their differences to avoid conflicts. Countries and societies with non-international and non-regional circle of actions are more likely to fall into misunderstanding and hostility. Extensive international communications will create better conditions for countries to live in peace and prosperity and zero-sum political games could be avoided.

Let me conclude my remarks:

Sustainable peace is based on sustainable development, and development does not happen unless understanding, cooperation, harmony, consensus take shape. And to achieve these goals, intellectual and cultural barriers in every single society and country must be identified and eliminated. It is essential that the three pillars of each country namely people, scholars and rulers through the process of dialogue and understanding start to acquire a common definition of their own identity and collective goals and clarify their relations with the outside world. And International community has a role and responsibility to help the less developed counties in their nation building struggle.

21 Sep. 2016




[21st September 2016, Leviste, Dela Rosa & Paseo Halls, Makati Diamond Residences]



Consul General Ad Honorem

of the Lebanese Republic to the Republic of the Philippines

[Peace Diplomacy Administration and Policy]- IPDCI Third Pillar

Good afternoon everyone!

The Celebration of the International Peace Day is observed around the world. Today, September 21, is a very special day, to most of us who is aware of this celebration, we are fortunate because we are able to celebrate the cause of peace even through this gathering. Our world today is confronted with various issues, the reality of different personal concerns.

With this one day observance, it allows us to pause and recollect our thoughts. In different parts of the world, individuals come together to make peace. For instance, violence is seen not only in terms of physical war or conflicts. Violence is seen in different panoramas, such our personal choices, how to handle our work, what to do when we have differences with our friends, or family members. As simple as such, peace can be demonstrated in these scenarios.

The International Peace Diplomacy Corps Observance to United Nations’ International Peace Day is allowing us to avail an opportunity to discern peace in the non-conventional way. If there is no celebration here in Manila, then, there is no Peace Diplomacy Convention. This celebration also signals the opening of the General Assembly in the United Nations, the only inter-governmental organization that allow all nations to present their views on certain issues without discrimination.

Peace Day is also a day of non-violence, a universal day around the world that focuses on peace. Although historically speaking, the UN approved this observance in 1981, luckily in 2016, after how many years, International Peace Diplomacy Corps celebrated International Peace Day in Manila. Congratulations to everyone, we are indeed making history on this regard.

Let me share to you the speech of Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was recognized by the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament for the civil rights in America. Let me read some highlights of his speech, here it goes:

Every man lives in two realms, the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external. We have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live. So much of modern life can be summarized in that arresting dictum of the poet Thoreau1: "Improved means to an unimproved end". This is the serious predicament, the deep and haunting problem confronting modern man. If we are to survive today, our moral and spiritual "lag" must be eliminated. Enlarged material powers spell enlarged peril if there is not proportionate growth of the soul. When the "without" of man's nature subjugates the "within", dark storm clouds begin to form in the world.

Fellow peace builders, if 911 is a terror day, then 921 is a peace day!



[21st September 2016, Leviste, Dela Rosa & Paseo Halls, Makati Diamond Residences]



Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of the Philippines

[Defining the Culture of Peace in Latin America]

Dear Chairman of IPCDI, Mr. Rey Runtgen Martin del Rosario,

My colleagues from the Diplomatic and Consular Corps,

Distinguished speakers,

Ladies and gentlemen,

As we gather here to commemorate the International Day of Peace, I wish to extend my most sincere thanks to the IPCDI for allowing me to share a personal perspective on the Brazilian and Latin American contribution to the strengthening of a culture of peace.

Latin America has pioneered the quest for regional integration and peace building, either at the hemispheric level, with the Pan American Union and subsequently with the Organization of American States, or at the regional and subregional spheres, with ALALC, ALADI, the Andean Pact, MERCOSUR and, more recently, UNASUR and CELAC.

Brazilian diplomacy has traditionally upholded the primacy of multilateralism and the need for a rules-based international order, founded on the use of peaceful methods for the settlement of disputes. We have managed to define the borders we share with our ten South American neighbors through international arbitration or bilateral agreements, most of them negotiated by the most successful Brazilian diplomat ever, the renowned Baron of Rio Branco.

For a founding member of the United Nations, historically committed to the peaceful settlement of disputes, participating in peacekeeping operations is a natural extension of its international responsibilities. Brazil has not shirked from engaging in peacekeeping missions, such as those in Angola, East Timor, Lebanon and Haiti. Brazil has acted in more than 50 peacekeeping operations and similar missions, having contributed with more than 33,000 military officials, police officers and civilians. It currently takes part in nine peacekeeping operations with a contribution of more than 1700 people, in Western Sahara, Haiti, Cyprus, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, South Sudan and Côte d'Ivoire. Brazil is proud of its historic and consistent participation in UN peacekeeping operations, always in accordance with its foreign policy interests, along with national and international rules and principles.

The defense of peace and of peaceful methods in international relations is enshrined in the 1988 Federal Constitution of Brazil. The preamble to our Constitutional Charter establishes that the National Constituent Assembly had gathered to institute a democratic state “committed, in the internal and international orders, to the peaceful settlement of disputes”. Article 4 includes, among the principles which govern the international relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, “the defense of peace and the peaceful settlement of conflicts”. The importance of Latin American integration is also highlighted in the Brazilian constitution, which states, in the sole paragraph to that same Article 4, that “the Federative Republic of Brazil shall seek the economic, political, social and cultural integration of the peoples of Latin America, with a view to the formation of a Latin American community of nations”.

Due to the time restraint I must respect, I will try to illustrate the Brazilian and Latin American commitment to peace building with a concrete example: the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in Latin America and the agreement to set up a nuclear mutual verification mechanism between Brazil and Argentina.

The 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco banned nuclear weapons in Latin America. The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America (also known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco) obligates Latin American countries not to acquire or possess nuclear weapons, nor to permit the storage or deployment of nuclear weapons on their territories by other countries. Besides the agreement among the Latin American countries themselves, there are two Additional Protocols dealing with matters that concern non-Latin American countries. Protocol I involves an undertaking by non-Latin American countries that have territories in the nuclear-free zone. Protocol II involves an undertaking by those powers which possess nuclear weapons.

Brazilian diplomacy was involved in this initiative from its very beginning. In mid-1962, the Brazilian representative to the UN General Assembly proposed making Latin America a nuclear-weapon-free zone. At the seventeenth regular session of the General Assembly, during the October Cuban missile crisis, a draft resolution calling for such a zone was submitted by Brazil and supported by Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador. On April 29, 1963, at the initiative of the President of Mexico, the Presidents of five Latin American countries -- Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico -- announced that they were prepared to sign a multilateral agreement that would make Latin America a nuclear-weapon-free zone. On February 14, 1967, the Treaty was signed at a regional meeting of Latin American countries at Tlatelolco, a section of Mexico City. On December 5, 1967, the UN General Assembly endorsed it by a vote of 82-0 with 28 abstentions, the United States voting in support of the Treaty. On January 1, 1989, the Treaty entered into force. 

On January 18, 1994, Argentina and Chile, and on May 30, 1994, Brazil, finally ratified and brought into force the Treaty of Tlatelolco for their national territories. These actions greatly expanded the land area for which the Latin American nuclear weapons-free zone is in legal effect, and constituted a significant step toward the full incorporation of the zone throughout the region. Argentina, Chile, and Brazil have since then assumed a binding international commitment not to acquire, manufacture, test, use, or station a nuclear explosive device in their sovereign territory.

Of the major Latin American states, only Cuba stands completely outside this significant nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Last July 18, we celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing by Brazil and Argentina of the Guadalajara Agreement for the exclusively peaceful use of nuclear energy. Among the new elements introduced by the Agreement was the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC), created to monitor the two countries’ commitment to unequivocally pursuing the exclusively peaceful use of nuclear energy and to administrating the newly created Common System for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials.

A few months later, in 1991, the two countries signed the Quadripartite Agreement with ABACC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It was the first time Brazil and Argentina had negotiated as a joint delegation with an international body. Within a short space of time, important milestones in the strategic bilateral relationship between Brazil and Argentina were reached, helping to establish the atmosphere of peace, mutual trust and cooperation that prevails between the two countries. The commitment of both our societies to this objective is due in no small part to the decision to increase our cooperation in the nuclear field.

In the 1970’s, different political and historical factors hindered the pursuit of closer ties between Brazil and Argentina. Disagreements about the construction of the Itaipu and Corpus power stations, and suspicions generated by our respective national nuclear programs, threatened to create a situation of spiraling insecurity in our region.

Fortunately, the re-democratization process in both our countries, from the 1980’s onwards, paved the way for a radical transformation in the way Brazil and Argentina viewed each other, making possible a broad relationship characterized by cooperation and integration. Presidents José Sarney and Raul Alfonsín played a key role in this change. The process was continued by their successors, whose efforts, accompanied by a strong commitment on the part of scientists and diplomats from both countries, culminated in the creation of ABACC.

Today, the bilateral cooperation process allows us to engage without fear in the development of nuclear energy for exclusively peaceful purposes, with a view to achieving technological, economic, and social advances. Brazil and Argentina currently cooperate not only in the reciprocal verification of their nuclear activities but also on a series of joint projects that seek to turn into concrete actions the strategic nature of our relationship. This is the case with the building of the Brazilian Multipurpose Research Reactor and Argentina’s RA-10 Research Reactor, both emblematic projects conducted jointly by the two countries, capable of supplying the entire regional market with the radioisotope Molybdenum-99, which is extremely important in the medical industry.

Through the creation of ABACC and the Common System for Control of Nuclear Materials, our negotiators conceived an arrangement that had previously been unthinkable in such a sensitive area. Through that arrangement, the inspections of the Argentine nuclear installations are carried out by Brazilian inspectors, and the inspections of Brazilian nuclear facilities are conducted by Argentine inspectors. Since its creation, ABACC, in close cooperation with the IAEA, has conducted more than 2,500 inspections in both countries, whose results are published in annual reports on its website. ABACC also participates as an observer in meetings of the IAEA Board of Governors.

This dynamic requires a level of trust and a degree of reciprocity that attest not only to the uniqueness of the Brazil-Argentina relations but also to its contribution to the region and the world, the agreement being paradigmatic with regard to security and non-proliferation. Simple good diplomacy and the desire for international approval allowed Argentina and Brazil to mutually agree to abandon their nuclear ambitions and fully abide by the Treaty of Tlatelolco,

Our experience with ABAAC demonstrates that it is possible to create new levels of confidence through diplomacy and the creation of original institutions. In politics and in international relations, it is necessary to be daring in pursuit of a greater good: that of peace.

Thank you.



[21st September 2016, Leviste, Dela Rosa & Paseo Halls, Makati Diamond Residences]



Chairman Emeritus

Association of Young Filipino-Chinese Entrepreneurs (formerly Anvil Business Club)

[The Celebration of the International Peace Day]

First of all of course, I would like to thank IPDCI Chairman Rey Martin Del Rosario, and all the diplomats and VIP’s here with us this afternoon. I thank you very much for this opportunity to speak.

All of the diplomats here have spoken so thoughtfully, and obviously with much care given to the topic. I have a view to bring up for consideration: that for the peace we want to take root, there are both.

But just to address certain misimpressions that may have been created in an earlier discussion, understanding that there are many versions to different events that we hear about around the world... As far as we know, unlike many assertions to the effect that China refused to discuss, issues, as in an earlier presentation, last year (in headlines in Philippine star, July 7, 2015), the Chinese embassy in the Philippine clearly indicated that there were and are no preconditions for discussions regarding the territorial and related issues, and the very next day Phil Dept of Foreign Affairs came out (headlines Philippine Star, July 8, 2016) and said there’s no discussion possible except through ASEAN, and in private they stated regularly, unless China accepts first the sovereignty of the Philippines.

We can say the policies of the Philippines in recent times have been greatly influenced by third countries, which encouraged the Philippines not to join the AIIB, or the trade groupings of the PROC. In fact explicit points have been made by certain speechmakers that Filipino people should be suspicious of other people around, specifically the Filipino Chinese, when Filipino Chinese have shown themselves no less patriotic in every aspect in the past Philippine wars and events... as combatants, contributors, theoreticians, investing and reinvesting more than any other group, far more than the loudest complainants refusing any discussion with China who have largely migrated and put their faith and fortunes elsewhere . But this is not supposed to be part of our speech here, it is just to point out that it’s a very complex situation that was portrayed just now with insufficient perspective. When several times attempts had been made to bring the Philippine and PROC officials together, it was the Philippines side that most often refused to sit down, unless PROC submitted first to the sovereignty issue. Of course we understand that it is the public line of both countries that sovereignty over the islands and seas in the disputed areas are theirs, but the PROC informally had variously conveyed that what is discussed in private can be the thing that will define relations and protocols if we can reach certain agreements.

It was clearly conveyed that since official lines had been blocked, diplomatic back channelling can achieve things. But differing from the President Aquino’s exploration of this option, the Department of Foreign Affairs refused and blocked efforts in explorations, castigating even persons delegated by the president, even those who were able to make breakthroughs or were able to open channels. People were told publicly that they are not allowed to back channel, they were vilified as traitors or sell outs, and their progress variously in relations-building or de-escalation were countered. Which of course, being yourselves in the diplomatic community, we know that this “back channelling” is actually a very essential part in the world of diplomacy and part of attaining peace and agreements.

Going back to the topic of peace. If we are going to have peace jointly as nations, we should have an attitude that we should have compatible but not necessarily homogenous peoples, cultures and legal systems. Most nations, self-respecting peoples cannot accept that peace is continually defined by a single nation or a civilization or culture that expects to have what is officially stated as “full spectrum supremacy” or a policy of “if you are not with us you are against us”. No one nation can be unilaterally imposing on everyone the rules of peace, economics, trade, and even elections and leadership, while applying special rules for themselves. These are not formulate for peace.

Of course, we need to be practical in power politics, not naive, so certain balances between forces have to be achieved, and that’s understandable. But this play for leverage should not be used to disable communications; divide lives, communications and interactions; foment hatred between people, as this would be clearly counterproductive. As a matter of principle, why should people be told not to join a bank, or not to join that trade group, or to prepare for invasion; or so forth… this is maybe not the best approach. We can all be open to everybody’s proposals and let people make their own choices as long as it’s not destructive to other people.

Now, the other point…. The need for an “INTERNAL FOUNDATION” for peace, we can put all the systems and institutions, and these are necessary for sustainability, harmony and the consistency of applications, but they are not enough. There needs to be internal factors like culture, a manner in which we educate, or to create attitudes in our people, that allow a harmonization and productive outlook between peoples. It’s like medicines in which the bodies’ ability to absorb certain reactions need preparation, or certain physical attributes that allow some desired reactions to occur, absorb or replicate and grow. We can encourage aspects of cultures which allow this peace to happen... Some level of openness, cultivating sensitivity to other people’s concerns, focus on work, and other dimensions of relationships that bring the agenda of peace, prosperity and sustainability forward, rather than focusing on whatever is causing current or temporary pains, would help vastly. The cultivated philosophy should not be one of maximization of benefits for the self or even for your own family or country but aiming for a constant view to mutuality, consistency, and sustainability of the benefits for the greater good. We need to aim to build an adjustment mechanism based on aiming for harmonies and balances, rather than based on adversarial processes, while spectrums of views should continue to be allowed expression. We have to manage certain emotions and popular attitudes more for the positive rather than the negative outlooks and interactions between peoples, that’s really part of the game, the world needs to have a certain mix of populations and leaders attitude to make peace sustainable in a wide range of situations.

This simple point is that there’s internal factors in the mind and spirit, (apart from external factors of contracts, military and economic infrastructures, institutions), that we need to cultivate, evolve, within in our populations and our leadership to attain a sustainable harmony in the world.

Thank you and good afternoon.


1. China to Philippines: Let’s sit down and talk (The Philippine Star) July 7, 2015

2. Philippines rejects bilateral talks with China anew (The Philippine Star) July 8, 2015



[21st September 2016, Leviste, Dela Rosa & Paseo Halls, Makati Diamond Residences]



Writer and Entrepreneur

[Peace in Press Freedom]

Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. --- Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson, 1955

(Excerpts from my extemporaneous speech at the United Nation’s “International Peace Day” on September 21, 2016 by International Peace Diplomacy Corps at Makati Diamond Residences. Wilson Lee Flores is a writer, college teacher, realty entrepreneur and he bought and revived the iconic 77-year-old Kamuning Bakery Cafe. He has won three Palanca literary awards and a record 13 Catholic Mass Media Awards for “Best Opinion Column”, “Best’ Business Column” and other categories, including two CMMA Hall of Fame Awards)

The organizers of this convention asked me to speak on the topic “Peace in Press Freedom”, but I am taking the liberty of changing it to “Peace in Press Freedom and Responsibility”. Why? It seems to be a Western preoccupation to focus more on freedom, while we are Asians in a region which traditionally prioritizes more the importance of responsibility.

I believe that for every freedom, we should balance it with our responsibility to our society. Yes, we have press freedom, but I believe journalists have a responsibility not only to uphold truth and fairness, we---including all non-journalists---should also be peace advocates.

Not true that media allegedly cause discord and conflicts, it’s often the politicos!

Of the distinguished speakers today “International Day of Peace”, seven are diplomats led by Brazil Ambassador Rodrigo Do Amaral Souza, Iran Ambassador Mohammad Tanhaei, Chile Charge D’affaires Camilo Sanhueza, and I’m the only speaker from the mass media here.

Through the years whenever our society confronts problems, some people’s knee-jerk reaction is to blame us the media for supposedly sowing discord and even exacerbating conflicts. However, despite whatever shortcomings we in Philippine media might have, it is our many politicians who are actually the primordial sources of strife, discord, confusion and conflicts in the Philippines for years, definitely not us the media who just reflect the realities of our society!

Duterte & FVR seem earnest in their groundbreaking peace efforts.

Despite the acrimonious noises in our politics, I am now more hopeful about prospects for peace in the Philippines due to pragmatic, bold and pro-peace politicians like President Rody R. Duterte and his special envoy former President Fidel V. Ramos. Duterte has started off his term by offering the olive branch and initiating long-stalled peace talks with Communist rebels.

President Duterte wants to also negotiate a comprehensive peace deal with the Moro insurgents of the MILF and MNLF. In geopolitics, Duterte has dispatched elder statesman Fidel V. Ramos to explore peace negotiations with our ancient traditional friend China, thus lessening tensions and boosting again cooperation.

10 suggestions on promoting peace

Inspired by the speech of the Iranian ambassador, I just now googled on my phone a quote from the Iranian poet Omar Khayyam who said: “The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.” That points to a quest for peace. Inspired by the Brazil ambassador’s speech, I googled Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho’s quote: “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” All of us gathered dream of peace.

What can we media and even all non-media people do to help promote peace? Let us be pro-active peace advocates in word, in deed and in our thoughts daily with these my suggestions:

1. Uphold truth---Media should always uphold truth, so should all other people who can nowadays easily share news and opinions in unlimited ways via the Internet, the social media, YouTube. Let truth drown out half-truths, hate speech, misunderstandings and outright lies which sow conflicts. Let the truth set us free from irrational fears, inchoate biases and hatreds.

2. Share positive news, thoughts---Media and all other people need not sanitize out bad news for they are part of truth, but we should try to balance the daily barrage of bad news in media. We should offset negative thoughts with equal measure of positive news and thoughts. I believe we humans are like electronic gadgets on “garbage in, garbage out”; don’t allow our consciousness to be bombarded by too much bad news, violence, cynicism. Think positive!

3. Be balanced---Media as well as other people should try to strike a healthy balance in all things, especially in news, our analyses and opinions. We should be fair, promote harmony.

4. Uncover root causes of conflicts---To win sustainable peace, I believe we need to uncover the root causes of conflicts like the Communist insurgency, the centuries-old war of the Moro people. Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Tanhaei earlier said in his speech today that economic backwardness is a root cause of conflicts. He added: “Without sustainable development, there shall be no sustainable peace.” I want to add that injustice is also a root cause of national and international conflicts which we should decisively and comprehensively address.

5. Humanize victims of conflicts, but not exploit their sufferings---What better way to fight for peace by sharing the harrowing experiences of conflict victims? Let us humanize their stories. However, let us also be sensitive, decent, humane and fair towards conflict victims by not exploiting their sufferings and losses.

6. Promote culture of peace and non-violence---Let us support Unesco’s ideals: “The culture of peace and non-violence is a commitment to peace-building, mediation, conflict prevention and resolution, peace education, education for non-violence, tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect, intercultural and interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.”

7. Seek harmony with nature---One of the speakers today, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delegate Akiko Ono of Japan, discussed “Peace in the Context of Climate Change”. To advance peace, we humans should protect nature and support environmental causes.

8. Be of good cheer---Be cheerful towards others and in our own outlook. Laugh often not only at others or the world, but learn to laugh at our own selves and take ourselves less seriously too! “Reader’s Digest” magazine has a section called “Laughter is the best medicine”. Indeed, laughing can really cure and counter stress, it can unleash hormones which can help relax us.

9. Be forgiving---To be at peace with others, we need to have the humility and magnanimity to forgive others. To have peace of mind, let us forgive ourselves and not be too hard on ourselves!

10. Seek inner peace---By reconciling and communing with our Creator, by leading a healthier and less stressful lifestyle, by loving others and surrounding ourselves with friends, by enjoying music and the arts, by de-cluttering, by being grateful daily, all can help us attain inner peace.

Why is the pursuit of inner peace one of the most important ways to promote national and global peace? Let me share these words of the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu:

“If there is to be peace in the world,

There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,

There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,

There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,

There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,

There must be peace in the heart.”

2016: United IPDCI. Stronger World.

Chairman Rey Runtgen del Rosario, Ph.D.c.

December 31, 2015 - Manila, Philippines

The General Assembly, Friends, Peace Builders across the world, Ladies and Gentlemen:

For the General Assembly, the presence of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps is a legacy of its shared and collective platform towards the proliferation of peace. This gives us the opportunity to reaffirm our deep bonds as members, we are standing allies, and we are committed to our collective obligations.

The Manila Peace Declaration after the 2015 Annual Board Meeting is a conclusion of the great efforts of three peace action plans. In Columbia, IPDCI passed its Bogotá Peace Action Plan initiated by Peace Attaché Joe Langer, a reflection of the first pillar- peace diplomacy participation. In Germany, IPDCI passed its Bonn Peace Action Plan initiated by Peace Attaché John Froese, a reflection of the second pillar- peace diplomacy culture. Lastly, in Australia, IPDCI passed its Perth Peace Action Plan initiated by Vice Chairman Darius Huang, a reflection of its third pillar- peace diplomacy administration and policy.

The story of IPDCI is founded on the parliamentary ideals and mutual interests in our shared aspirations for peace. Today, I reiterate formally to the General Assembly for being genuine allies in this advocacy. Our sense of common participation is anchored firmly on shared vision that contributes significantly to the maintenance of peace. We are also looking forward on how we can chart our critical alliance, including our engagement with the United Nations.

The International Peace Diplomacy Corps passed its Charter, congratulations! The Charter is composed of a Preamble, a series of 90 Articles grouped into 16 Chapters. The depository of the Charter of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. will be at the archives of the Consulate of Togo to the Republic of the Philippines and the Consulate of Ethiopia to the Republic of Singapore.

In IPDCI, we have diplomats, lawyers, human rights advocates, media men, businessmen to name a few who have ushered in a new era of global cooperation, we are poised to enter a new era of opportunity.

As we move forward, IPDCI will continuously strengthen its international relations which is a centrepiece of our political, economic, and social agenda. When we think the future, we see a more peaceful world because of active participation of its global citizens. Notably, the issue of able leadership should conform rapid enormous swings, so to address multilateral collective gestures to peace participation. 

At this time, when the world is contested with various peace issues, IPDCI stand in strong faith towards its noble desire, the common humanity. Our time has come, IPDCI will be leading its task in leading the peoples into a more dominant role in world peace affairs.

2016 is indeed a United IPDCI, Stronger World!