Dr. Hyun Jin Moon pledges his support for relief and reconstruction efforts in the Philippines in a recent statement. He said, “I am profoundly grieved by the injuries, loss of life and destruction of property that has resulted from this powerful storm. I extend my sincere condolences to the Philippine people and pledge GPF’s resources and human capacity to bring urgent relief to victims.
Disasters of this magnitude call upon the good will of the entire human family. Indeed—as witnessed in recovery efforts from the great Asian tsunamis that devastated Japan and South Asia and Hurricane Katrina, which brought historic destruction to the U.S. Gulf coast—nations and peoples respond to epic disasters with compassion. Such events affirm the common bonds that unite our human family beyond any barriers of race, religion or nationality.”
The Global Peace Foundation wrote “Headquarters staff and global chapters are deeply saddened by the extensive loss of life and the serious damage to homes and infrastructure in the Philippines as a result of the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan” (known locally as Yolanda).
GPF President James Flynn also announced that the Global Peace Festival scheduled to be hosted in Manila this month has been postponed. The Global Peace Leadership Conference on November 20-22 will convene as scheduled but will reflect significant efforts of GPF and the international community to provide disaster relief to victims of the Philippine tragedy.
“GPF staff may be alerted to work closely with the Government to support its efforts with other NGO’s to assess the situation and respond rapidly to help people in need,” Mr. Flynn said. “A disaster of this magnitude calls upon the empathy and resources of all, and we encourage the global community to donate to the service organization of their choice to provide emergency aid to the Philippine people.”
An official announcement concerning the upcoming Global Peace Leadership Conference and Festival on GPF-Philippines page outlined the following program for the upcoming leadership conference that will now focus on relief efforts.
Nov.17: Coastal Clean-Up, Manila Bay
Nov.17: Global Peace Leadership Conference, Sultan Kudarat
Nov.18-19: Alllights Village International Service Project, Nueva Ecija
Nov.20-22: Global Peace Leadership Conference, Manila Hotel
Nov.21: GLOBAL PEACE VOLUNTEERS ASSEMBLY, Manila Hotel
The Global Peace Volunteers Assembly will launch a service-oriented initiative with over 2,000 youths who will work to meet the recovery needs on the island. “We extend invitation to all who share this heart of love for our extended family.”
To donate to recovery efforts visit: www.globalpeace.org.