Program

Monday, May 17 (Day One)

09:30      Refreshments
10:00      Opening Ceremony (Moderator: Ms. Agneta Ucko, Director, Arigatou Foundation Office in Geneva)

   Prayer for Peace led by Dr. Vinu Aram (Hinduism)
   Welcome Remarks from the Arigatou Foundation
   Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto, Leader of Myochikai and President of the Arigatou Foundation

10:10      Remarks by Distinguished Guests H.E. Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, President, Pontifical Council for the Family

   Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General, World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP)
   Rev. Dr. Hans Ucko, Presenting a Message from Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches
   Rev. Katsunori Yamanoi, Presenting a Message from Rev. Nichiko Niwano, Pesident, Rissho Kosei-Kai

10:25      Special Presentation from UNICEF Mr. Kul Gautam, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
10:40      Explanation of Forum Objectives
10:45      Plenary Session (Chairperson: Mr. Jorge Vila, President, Defence for Children International)

   Keynote Address 1 by His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

12:00      Lunch
14:00      Keynote Address 2 by Ms. Claire Brisset, Ombudsperson for Children of the French Republic
15:00      End of Plenary Session
15:20      Group Sessions by World Region, and Young People’s Session
17:00      Adjourn, Prayer for Peace (by Group)
19:00      Reception (Mandarin Oriental Hotel)

Tuesday, May 18 (Day Two)

9:30       Plenary Session (Chairperson: Rev. Katsunori Yamanoi, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Rissho Kosei-Kai)

  Prayer for Peace led by Rev. Mitsuo Miyake (Shinto)

9:35        Keynote Address 3 by Rev. Zendo Matsunaga, Special Representative, Japan Buddhist Federation
9:50        Presentations by Young People

   Ms. Joanna Naegeli, Switzerland
   Ms. Martha Naigwe, Uganda
   Ms. Tamia Lema, Ecuador

10:20      End of Plenary Session
10:25      Group Sessions by World Region, and Young People’s Session
12:00       Lunch
14:00       Plenary Session

    Reports from Young People’s Sessions

14:20       End of Plenary Session
14:30       Group Sessions by World Region (Young People with Adults)
16:00       Break
16:15       Group Sessions by World Region (Young People with Adults, cont’d)
17:30       Adjourn, Prayer for Peace (by group)

Wednesday, May 19 (Day Three)

09:30       Plenary Session (Chairperson: Ms. Joyce Umbima, Executive Director, Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children)

    Prayer for Peace led by Ms. Dalia Landau (Judaism)

09:35       Report from Each World Region Group

    1.South Asia
    2.Africa
    3.Central Asia and Caucasus
    4.Middle East
    5.Europe
    6.Latin America
    7.East Asia

11:00       Overall Summary of the Plenary Session (by plenary chairperson)

    End of the Plenary Session

11:15       Signing of the GNRC-UNICEF Project Cooperation Agreement
11:20       Announcement of the Establishment of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children
11:35       Closing Remarks

    End of the Forum

12:00       Lunch
14:30       Interfaith Prayer for Peace (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre)