Ku­mar to at­tend global fo­rum

Young peace builder’s se­lec­tion a mile­stone

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - SUVA LI­TIA CAVA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: li­tia.cava@fi­jisun.com.fj

As a young peace builder, Kaa­jal Ku­mar hopes to build in­clu­sive so­ci­eties through un­der­stand­ing and re­spect among cul­tural and re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties. Founder and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for As­pire Net­work Ms Ku­mar will rep­re­sent Fiji’s youths to the 7th Global Fo­rum of the United Na­tions Al­liance of Civil­i­sa­tions to be held in Baku, Azer­bai­jan from April 25-27. She was amongst the 150 young lead­ers se­lected out of 6000 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived from young peo­ple work­ing in more than 160 coun­tries. “It is an hon­our to rep­re­sent my coun­try in the world’s largest, pres­ti­gious and most pow­er­ful peace build­ing UN fo­rum,” Ms Ku­mar said. “As a young peace builder it was my dream to one day at­tend this fo­rum and this is also a mile­stone achieve­ment for As­pire Net­work as it is now be­come an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised NGO for its work.” With the theme for the Fo­rum set as ‘Liv­ing To­gether In In­clu­sive So­ci­eties: A Chal­lenge and A Goal’, the Fo­rum will be stress­ing the in­clu­sive as­pect of liv­ing to­gether and will har­ness the mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives of var­i­ous sec­tors to meet the chal­lenge of, and progress to­wards, in­clu­sive liv­ing in to­day’s in­creas­ingly di­verse so­ci­eties. United Na­tions Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Ban Ki-moon will also be part of the fo­rum.

Kaa­jal Ku­mar is head­ing off to Baku for the United Na­tions Al­lian­nce Civ­i­liza­tions global fo­rum.

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