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Dr Mwangi Kimenyi’s award is no mean achievement

By JOE OMBUOR | December 15th 2014

Global Peace Awards honour government, civil society and Faith leaders whose exemplary efforts have substantially improved the lives of others. Dr Kimenyi becomes only the third Kenyan after Industrialist and philanthropist Dr Manu Chandaria and Prof Leah Marangu, Vice Chancellor of African Nazarene University to win these coveted awards since 2009 when the first Global peace Convention (GPF) was convened in Manila, Philippines.

Kenya had the privilege of hosting the second GPF convention in 2010, two years after the bloody Post Election Violence ended in February 2008.The convention that incorporated international young leaders summit in Nairobi brought together over 1000 participants from over 40 nations. Seven former and current presidents were in attendance at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) with President Mwai Kibaki as patron of the convention and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his co-principal in the grand coalition government as patron of the festival that included cleaning the Nairobi River.

From Africa, the convention moved to Seoul, South Korea in 2011, bringing together scholars, religious leaders, policy makers and development experts from 28 nations who used the opportunity to explore collaborative approaches to reunification of the Korean Peninsula and addressed regional peace.

North America had its turn to play host in 2012 when more than 800 participants gathered at a convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight former heads of State from Latin America joined other regional leaders at the summit convened at the Carter Presidential Centre where the Latin America Presidential Mission was launched.

The fifth convention held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2013 was the largest yet with an attendance of 1,200 government, civil society and faith leaders who pledged to advance social cohesion in diverse societies across the world. It was at Kuala Lumpur that a Kenyan was first global peace  recognition when East Africa’s first woman professor  Prof Leah Marangu was feted with  Leadership in Strengthening Families Award  for exhibiting outstanding leadership as an educator in advancing  the welfare of the family  as the primary social ,institution for supporting responsible parenting and strong marriage.

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