Meeting: Promoting Peace - Conference and Open Access Publications (December 16 - December 22, 2015)
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Can’t believe Christmas is next week! Time is sure going by fast. Speaking of Christmas, how about being in a Christmas parade?! The folks at Waianae (Outpost West) Rotary, puts on a Christmas parade every year for the community. The folks in the parade are Rotarians, schools, ROTC, community leaders, and local businesses.
Our DG Del Green was the Grand Marshall in the parade, with past DGs Roz Cooper and Lisa Foster. Also the Rotary club of Kapolei was there giving out stuffed animals, and decking out a truck with Rotary flair. President Jim and wife Linda rode their beautiful Harley motorcycle. Great job to the Waianae Rotary Club and to President Rock and his beautiful wife Joyce for organizing the event.
It was fun to be in the Santa float with fellow Rotarian Dennis (Santa) and his wife (Mrs Claus), and grand daughter wishing everyone Merry Christmas; with myself and fellow Waianae Rotarians filling buckets of candy to give to parade watchers. I had a blast! I’ve asked Rock if we could participate and will let you folks know. Definitely would encourage everyone that can make it to come. Check out the plethora of pictures below (some by DG Del).
Lastly I ran the Marathon this week and finished. Mahalo for all your support and well wishes too 😃 For every mile run, a donation of $5 dollars per mile was donated to the Rotary Foundation. It was great to run for a great cause which is “Rotary”! Happy holidays and an Xmas quote, “Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under the tree.” - Charlotte Carpenter
Speaker: Promoting Peace - Conference and Open Access Publications
Written by: Quentin Wodon of the Rotary Economist (http://rotarianeconomist.com/blog/)
Conflict and violence have dramatic negative consequences for development and the ability of populations to emerge from poverty. At least 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by repeated cycles of political and/or criminal violence. One fifth of the extreme poor worldwide live today in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS), but this proportion could double by 2030 if current trends continue.
Low-income FCS countries have not been able to achieve the targets set forth in the Millennium Development Goals in part because of conflict and violence. In recognition of the impact of conflict and violence on development, the Sustainable Development Goals recently approved by the international community include a goal on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.
Rotary’s Peace Conference
How do conflict and violence affect development, and what can be done to reduce the risks of conflict and violence and instead promote peace? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the Rotary Presidential Conference on Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution or World Peace Conference to be held on January 15-16, 2016 in Ontario, California. The conference is one of five flagship conferences organized by Rotary International in 2015-16. The other conferences will be on disease prevention and treatment in Cannes, economic development in Cape Town, literacy and WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) in schools in Kolkata, and WASH in schools in Manila.
The World Peace Conference will include more than 80 panel and facilitated sessions as well as plenary sessions. It is expected to attract a couple of thousand participants. You are encouraged to attend, as it promises to be a great experience!
Apart from Rotary International President K. R. Ravindran and Rotary Foundation Chair Ray Klinginsmith, keynote speakers will include Sal Khan (founder and CEO of Khan Academy), Sharon Stone (Actress), Father Greg Boyle (Executive Director of Homeboy Industries), Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Director of the Peace Corps), Dr. Bernd Wollschläger (author of A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible), Barbara Winton (the daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton who organized the rescue of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia in 1939), Steve Killelea (Founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace), and Mary Peters (United States Ambassador).
Open Access Resources
Rotary is of course not the only organization emphasizing peace in its service and development work. Issues related to peace, fragility, conflict, and violence have been at the core of a substantial part of the work of development organizations for many years. This means that the World Bank as well as other organizations have substantial knowledge to share with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in these areas.
As a contribution to Rotary’s World Peace Conference, this blog is providing a guide to selected open access publications from the World Bank that could help conference participants think about conflict, violence, and development. The publications listed are made available through the World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository. The focus on resources provided by the World Bank is driven by practicality as including other organizations would yield a rather unwieldy list of available resources. At the same time, focusing on the World Bank has the advantage of being able to go global with a single organization. In order to keep the guide manageable, the focus is on open access books as opposed to other publications such as working papers, articles, and briefs.
Selected Recent Books and Reports
You can access 45 selected World Bank books and reports published since 2010 on conflict, violence, and adversity either by downloading the guide prepared for conference participants, or by going to the Promoting peace page of this blog. The selection of the books and reports was based on the topics to be considered at Rotary’s Peace Conference. The scope of the conference is broad, with 13 parallel tracks apart from plenary sessions. The 13 tracks of the conference have been “aggregated” into 9 topics for listing World Bank publications: (1) Conflict, Development, and Trade; (2) Fighting Crime, Violence, and Terrorism; (3) Proving Services in Contexts of Adversity; (4) Middle East Region; (5) Equity and Discrimination; (6) Social Norms and Violence Against Women; (7) Jobs and Employment; (8) Education and Health, Including Role of Faith-based Providers; and finally (9) Governance and Institutions.
The hope is that the publications selected, and more generally the World Bank’s open access knowledge resources, will be useful to conference participants and others dealing directly or indirectly with issues of conflict, violence, and adversity when implementing projects in developing and developed countries alike. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if these resources are useful, or not so much so!
Check out Quentin's website and more information at: http://rotarianeconomist.com
To see this article found on the Rotarian Economist site, please click here: http://rotarianeconomist.com/blog/
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Upcoming Events
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Sponsoring club: Ala Moana Rotary
Contact person: Greg Concilla- phone numbers are: 591-2166 work; 479-0848 cell
Date of event: 12/19/15 Need bell ringers for two hour shifts from 9AM ‘till 9PM
Location of event: Wallmart on Keeamoku St.
Reason for the event: Raise money for charity
If reservations are required, when and to whom?: Call Greg
Is there a fee?: No
Dress code: Holiday
Centennial Service Project
Sponsoring club: Kaneohe Rotary Club
Contact person: John Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jan Sung
Date of event: January 9, 2016 from 8:00-12:00
Location of event: Waikalua Loko Pond (see map below)
Reason for the event: To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Hawaii
If reservations are required, when and to whom?: Yes, besides being a work day it will conclude with a luau. RSVP to Glenn Sears (GSears@Stanfordalumni.org).
Is there a fee?: No but our club will decide on the menu item we will each bring.
Dress code: Bring gloves, water (not in plastic bottles), clothes and shoes you won’t mind getting wet and muddy.
Expected outcome from the event: Cleanup. Work to be done will be determined later. This will help the community, grow and retain membership by getting community involvement.
Any other pertinent information:
One rep from our club is needed the evening before from 5:00-7:00 to prepare the imu (moving rock, cutting banana stump and kindling. Contact Glenn Sears (GSears@Stanfordalumni.org) if you are available. On Saturday morning we'll start the fire in the imu so it will be ready to cook by 7 a.m. Food will be pulled out by 12 p.m. and ready to serve by 12:30 p.m. food needing to be cooked in the imu will need to be at the site no later than 6:45 a.m.
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