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 ISF 2006 | Good Governance

The 3rd Annual International Soldarity Forum was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 27 to 30, 2006. The forum began with the day-long John Paul II Seminar on Human Rights and Peace. This seminar was attended by 150 youth, UN delegates, guests, and benefactors, in addition to the 40 ISF participants. The late John Paul II's understanding of the human person has been a rich stimulus to the thought and work of World Youth Alliance.


John Paul II Seminar on Human Rights and Peace speakers included:

Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

H.E. Alojz Peterle, former Prime Minister of Slovenia
Introductory Remarks: John Paul II – Pope of Strong Faith and Human Dignity

George Weigel, Pope John Paul II's biographer
Introduction to the Life and Work of John Paul II

Professor Wojciech Roszkowski, MEP
Solidarity and the Influence of John Paul II

Ambassador Bahemuka
Kenya: Building democracy through non-violence

Senator Francisco Tatad
The Effect of Corruption on Democracy

Habib Malik
Human Dignity and its Discontents

Rabbi David Novak
Dignity of the Person, Freedom, and Human Rights

Kathryn Hoomkwap, WYA Board Member, Nigeria
Social Development and the Human Person

ISF Lectures (Adobe PDF)

Introductory Remarks
H.E. Alojz Peterle, 27 March 2006

Solidarity and the Influence of John Paul II
Prof. Wojciech Roszkowski, 27 March 2006

The Effect of Corruption on Democracy
Sen. Francisco Tatad, 27 March 2006

Human Dignity and its Discontents
Mr. Habib Malik, 27 March 2006

Countries represented: Canada, Colombia,Costa Rica, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, United Kingdom, and USA

Declaration on Good Governance: This declaration seeks to answer the questions: Why does corruption violate the inherent dignity of the human person? Drafted and negotiated following lectures on the topics, youth from around the world believe that "Corruption is an assault on the inherent dignity of the human person and a betrayal of one’s responsibility to others..." Read the full declaration here.

“I have followed the work of the World Youth Alliance from the very beginning…No other organization of its kind –if, indeed, there are any other organizations of its kind – has in so short a time done so much to promote, particularly among the young people of the world, the dignity of the human person as the basis and focal point of every individual’s life-project.” - Senator Francisco Tatad

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