Episode of 3 November
285 leading politicians, top judges, lawyers and renowned personalities from 74 countries met from 6 to 12 November at the 20th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World (ICCJW-2019) in India. The meeting was organized by the City Montessori School Lucknow.
To start with, various events took place in New Delhi. There was a visit to the House of Worship of the Indian Bahá'í Community, here called Lotus Temple, and wreaths were laid at the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi. There were traditional ceremonies. Personalities were honored and gifts exchanged.
Dr. Tao-Tze Hong was present with the FOWPAL troops and brought his peace bell with him. Mrs. Masami Saionji, President of the World Peace Prayer Society, was also a guest. Before the actual consultations a World Unitiy March took place in Lucknow. If you look at the photo series, you get an impression of the colorful events.
As at previous conferences, a Resolution was adopted as a result of the discussions and published at a press conference. It will be sent to all governments and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It says why we have to worry about the world. The resulting urgent demands on national governments and the UN are rather vague and nothing new. They have been under discussion for a long time. I miss clear objectives, such as the creation of a World Parliament.
Even if this conference does not bring anything new, it can still be helpful. Even if the participants, as private individuals, do not have a political mandate, their words still have a certain weight and hopefully attract attention.
Then there is something new to note:
The South Korean organization HWPL held a seminar for "religious leaders" during the conference. Representatives were already present at the march for Hiroshima Day. The HWPL is a camouflage organization of the Shinchonji Church, which can be described as a sect of concern. Its followers practice an irrational, authoritarian world view under the mantle of world peace. Working with such people is counterproductive in any case. I very much hope that those responsible at the City Montessori School will notice this in time.