Conference background

We are witnessing a period of tumultuous change across the globe. Driven by factors such as the far-reaching impacts of climate change, political and economic upheavals of Brexit, US withdrawal from international leadership coupled with the rise of Chinese transnational organisations, persistent international terrorism, and widening political and social polarisation, this wave of change is restructuring how the world works.

What is the role of the Commonwealth of Nations in these changing times?

This conference will explore the normative and practical leadership roles of faith communities, universities, and the Commonwealth of Nations itself under the theme: 'Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Perspectives and Contributions from the Commonwealth of Nations'.

Based on the successful precedents of events organised in conjunction with the G20 and G8 Summits, it is clear that input from a broad range of voices strengthen international decision making. This conference will assemble experts from around the Commonwealth as part of the activities surrounding the Commonwealth Games on the Australian Gold Coast in April 2018.

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Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World

Session Time Session DescriptionSpeakers

9 April 2018

CONFERENCE DAY ONE

 
16.30 to 17.30 Registration and reception prior to conference dinner  

17.30 to 21.00

Conference Dinner:
Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World

Maha Sinnathamby, Prof Singh, Setsuko Thurlow w/ Cesar Jaramillo, Brian Adams,
Kinetic Collective

Session TimeSession DescriptionSpeakers
10 April 2018Day Two A: The Past and Future Commonwealth 

8.30 to 10.00

Opening Plenary:

The Commonwealth as a "Workable World" Model

Chair: Andrew West

Panelists: Keith Best, Florencia Gor, Derek McDougall, Pat Weller

10.00 to 10.30 Morning tea  

10.30 to 11.45

Plenary Session:

The Commonwealth: Governing for Sustainable Peace and Development.

Chair: Gary Hardgrave

Panelists: Keith Best, Lemi Taefu, Rachel Blaney, Sherrie Steiner

11.45 to 13.00

First Parallel Session A:

Contextualising Sustainable Peace and Development in the Commonwealth

Chair: Mahinda Deegalle

Panelists: Carol Angir, Nur Hidayah, Munir Khasru, Thomas Albrecht

11.45 to 13.00

First Parallel Session B:

Plurality or Polarity: Diversity Across the Commonwealth

Chair: Brian Adams

Panelists: Paul Morris, Ahmad Yousif, Ezichi Ituma

13.00 to 14.00 Lunch break 
 Day Two B: The Commonwealth and Interfaith Dialogue 

14.00 to 15.30

Plenary:

Religious Leader Engagement

Chair: James Christie

Panelists: Steve Moore, Ants Hawes, John Saunders

15.30 to 16.00 Afternoon tea  

16.00 to 17.30

First Parallel Session A:

Sustaining Peace and Development: Role of Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

Chair: TBA

Panelists: Fabrizio Carmignani, Upolu Vaai, Sven Schottmann, Abdul Muhaimin

16.00 to 17.30

Second Parallel Session B:

Challenges to Peace and Development in the Commonwealth

Chair: Munir Khasru

Panelists: Leah Gazan, Cesar Jaramillo, Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Florencia Gor

17.30 to 19.00 Free time
Session TimeSession Description

Speakers

11 April 2018Day Three AM: The Commonwealth, Peace and Security 
8.30 to 10.00

Opening Plenary:

Reconciliation Across the Commonwealth

Chair: Carol Angir

Panelists: Leah Gazan, Joseph Hongoh, Munir Khasru

10.00 to 10.30 Morning tea  

10.30 to 11.30

First Parallel Session A:

Women of the Commonwealth Leading Peace and Development

Chair: Senator Claire Moore

Panelists: Carol Angir, Nur Hidayah, Rachel Blaney

10.30 to 11.30

First Parallel Session B:

Youth Contributions to Religion & Sustainable Development in the Commonwealth

Chair: Nisha Bagha

Panelists: Laiqa Kumar, Mansi Karajgaonkar,  Yaqeen Sikander, Abbas Panakkal

11.45 to 13.00

Second Parallel Session A:

Muslims Building Peace and Security in the Commonwealth

Chair: Lina Salim

Panelists: Munir Khasru, Adis Duderija, Ahmad Yousif, Sheikh Bukhari

11.45 to 13.00

Second Parallel Session B:

Religion, Sustainable Peace and Development

Chair: TBA

Panelists: Swami Sadyojathah, Ezichi Ituma, Paul Morris, Mahinda Deegalle

13.00 to 14.00 Lunch break  
 Day Three PM: The Commonwealth and Sustainable Development 
14.00 to 15.30

Plenary Session:

Sustaining Peace and Development: Role of Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

Chair: Hassan Saeed

Panelists: Elizabeth Krishna, Sheikh Bukhari,
Ven. Shueh Shan, Swami Sadyojathah

15.30 to 16.00 Afternoon tea  
16.00 to 17.30

Afternoon Plenary:

Sustainable Peace and Development: Who Leads?

Chair: Joseph Hongoh

World Café Workshop

17.30 to 18.00 Closing Plenary Brian Adams

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