IIPT Flagship Initiatives for30th Anniversary Year:
Peace Parks and Travel for Peace
IIPT also welcomes the members of our “Global Family” to join with us in promoting our two 30th Anniversary Year “Flagship” Initiatives – the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project with a goal of 2000 IIPT Peace Parks circling the earth by 21 September 2017 – the UN International Day of Peace; and the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign.
The Global Peace Parks Project builds on the success of IIPT’s 1992 “Peace Parks across Canada” Project commemorating Canada’s 125th birthday as a nation. IIPT conceived and implemented “Peace Parks across Canada” which resulted in 350 Peace Parks being dedicated by cities and towns from St. John’s, Newfoundland on the shores of the Atlantic, across five time zones to Victoria, British Colombia on the shores of the Pacific.
The Peace Parks were dedicated on October 8, 1992 as a National Peace Keeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa and 5,000 Peacekeepers passing in review. Each park was dedicated with a ‘bosco sacro’ – a peace grove of 12 trees, symbolic of Canada’s 10 Provinces and 2 Territories, as a link to one another, and a symbol of hope for the future. Of the more than 25,000 Canada 125 Projects, Peace Parks across Canada was said to be the most significant.
IIPT International Peace Parks have since been dedicated as a legacy to each of IIPT’s International Conferences and Global Summits including Bethany Beyond the Jordan, site of Christ’s baptism as a legacy of the Amman Summit, 2000 and Victoria Falls, as a legacy of the IIPT 5th African Conference, 2013; subsequently re-dedicated as the featured event on Opening day of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly 2015, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first President and Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, are shown planting the first of 6 olive trees brought from Bethany Beyond the Jordan by Amman Mayor, H.E. Akel Biltaji.
A one-time voluntary contribution of US$ 500 is requested from each town or city dedicating an IIPT Peace Park. For more information mail to: ljd
The “IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign” is the second flagship project of our 30th Anniversary Year. The campaign relates directly to the UNWTO “Travel – Enjoy – Respect” consumer campaign of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It seeks to engage travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, airlines and other sectors of the global travel and tourism industry to join with IIPT in encouraging every traveler to be an “Ambassador for Peace” by practicing the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler (below) and the ethic inherent in the iconic Padre Johnson portrait of the Global Family reminding us that we are “One Earth One Family.”
The program aim is to create awareness among all travelers that the privilege of traveling provides them with a unique opportunity to learn more about our common home – planet earth, the wonder of its natural beauty, its diverse people, cultures and heritage – and in the process to foster mutual respect, understanding and appreciation with each person they encounter.
Organizations wishing to become charter members of the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace) are invited to email: ljd. Appropriate recognition will be given to each charter member.
Charter members to date include: World Expeditions, Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Sacred Himalaya Travel, The Cultural Angle and Travel Unwrapped.
A one-time contribution of US$ 350 is requested for charter membership in the campaign.
We invite members of our “Global Family” to assist us in promoting each of these campaigns in support of IIPT’s 30th Anniversary Year, the IIPT Global Summit in Montreal and the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace). For more information mail to: ljd with your expression of interest.
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
- Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
- Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
- Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
- Appreciate all cultures I discover
- Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome
- Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
- Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,
- By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace
International Institute for Peace Through Tourism