There are three special projects leading up to the Global Summit:
Global Peace Parks Project
Our goal is to have 2,000 IIPT Peace Parks dedicated or re-dedicated on 21 September, 2017 – the UN International Day of Peace. The IIPT Global Summit will end at noon on 21 September following which an IIPT International Peace Park will be dedicated in Montreal as 2,000 more IIPT Peace Parks are dedicated or re-dedicated in countries around the world.
The IIPT Global Peace Parks Project builds on the success of IIPT’s 1992 “Peace Parks across Canada” Project commemorating Canada’s 125th birthday which resulted in 350 Peace Parks being dedicated by cities and towns from St. John’s, Newfoundland on the shores of the Atlantic to Victoria, British Colombia on the shores of the Pacific.
The Peace Parks were dedicated on October 8, 1992 as a National Peace Keeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa and 5,000 Peacekeepers passing in review. Each park was dedicated with a ‘bosco sacro’ – a peace grove of 12 trees, symbolic of Canada’s 10 Provinces and 2 Territories, a link to one another, and a symbol of hope for the future.
Travel for Peace Campaign
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace
International Institute for Peace Through Tourism
The IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign relates to the UNWTO “Travel – Enjoy – Respect” consumer campaign of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It seeks to engage travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, airlines and other sectors of the global travel and tourism industry to join with IIPT in encouraging every traveler to be an “Ambassador for Peace” by practicing the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and the ethic inherent in the iconic Padre Johnson portrait of the Global Family reminding us that we are “One Earth One Family.”
The program aim is to create awareness among all travelers that the privilege of traveling provides them with a unique opportunity to learn more about our common home – planet earth, the wonder of its natural beauty, its diverse people, cultures and heritage – and in the process to foster mutual respect, understanding and appreciation with each person they encounter.
Great Falls Peace Park Project
IIPT is approaching each country adjacent to the world’s three Great Falls: Victoria, Niagara and Iguassu Falls requesting that they dedicate an IIPT International Peace Park adjacent to the Falls in their respective countries in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and a “Culture of Peace and Sustainability through Tourism.”
The dedications will take place on 16 September 2017 sending a message of “Peace and Hope for the Future” around the world as global leaders come together at the UN General Assembly in New York and just prior to the start of the IIPT Global Summit on Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace being co-organized with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The Great Falls Peace Parks Project is anchored on the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls, dedicated as a legacy of the IIPT Fifth African Conference in Zambia, 2013 and re-dedicated as the featured event, Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly, August 2015, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe with Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first President and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO planting the first of six olive trees during the ceremony.