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John Paul II: Contribution to modern thought of social justice and peace
High-level Seminar and Panel Discussions at the UN
Monday, March 27, 2006
“I feel an obligation to reaffirm vigorously that the intrinsic value and the personal dignity of every human being does not change no matter what the concrete situation of his life.” ~John Paul II
The purpose of this day is to examine the thought of Pope John Paul II as it pertains to the dignity of the human person, and the particular impact his thought and his life’s work has had on Freedom, Democracy, Social Justice and Development. Followed by a three-day conference with young people from all regions of the world, a special emphasis will be given to young people as the future of society.
One-day Seminar in the Trusteeship Chamber (Reserved).
Opening Session (10-10:45am):
Invited Welcome: Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
Statements of welcome: sponsors of event**
Confirmed Opening remarks: H.E. Alojz Peterle, former Prime Minister of Slovenia
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: George Weigel â Introduction to the life and work of John Paul II.
Panel 1: Solidarity, Democracy, Social Justice and Peace (10:45-12:45):
Confirmed Professor Wojciech Roszkowski MEP â Solidarity & the influence of John Paul II
Confirmed Ambassador Bahemuka â Kenya: Building democracy through non-violence
Confirmed Senator Kit Tatad â the effect of corruption on democracy
Panel 2: The Dignity of the Person, Freedom and Human Rights (3:30-5:30):
Confirmed Habib Malik â Multicultural elements in the human rights project
Confirmed Rabbi David Novak â Dignity of the person, freedom, human rights
Confirmed Kathryn Hoomkwap – Social development and the human person
Closing Celebration (7pm on): World Youth Alliance House, 228 East 71st Street
Confirmed **Supporting Missions: Poland, Holy See, Timor LâEste, Cameroon, Romania
Confirmed Sponsor: World Youth Alliance
Confirmed Patrons: Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein