The International Association of Academicians for Peace is a global interdisciplinary academic initiative aimed at contributing toward the realization of a world of lasting peace. IAAP affirms the belief that academicians, scholars and educators have played and continue to contribute in the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of humanity, and provide an essential role in the building of a good society. IAAP is dedicated to building professional networks for academicians to foster a world of peace based on the ideals of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values.
Inaugural Resolution of the International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP)
We, the undersigned, as participants in World Summit 2020 sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) convened in Seoul, Korea on February 3-7, 2020 on the theme “Realizing a World of Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula through Gong-saeng (Interdependence), Gong-yeong (Mutual Prosperity) and Gong-eui (Universal Values),” affirm our belief that academics, scholars and educators play an essential role in the building of a good society. The 2020 World Peace Academic Conference, organized by the Hyo Jeong Academic Foundation as part of World Summit 2020, has brought together gifted, conscientious scholars and professionals from numerous disciplines, and together we are committed to working in collaboration to making the world a better place, addressing its most significant challenges, and promoting world peace.
We applaud the leadership of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, and her husband, the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, for their vision and work over many decades to create “one family under God.” This includes their founding of UPF, an NGO in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. In response to this great leadership, we offer the following resolution:
WHEREAS, academicians, as scholars and educators, have played and continue to play a crucial role in the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of humanity; and
WHEREAS, academicians are called to critical and constructive thinking in their core mission to search for truth, goodness, and beauty; and
WHEREAS, the contributions of academicians toward realizing peace through interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values can only be truly effective in conjunction and partnership with conscientious leaders from other sectors of society,
WE THEREFORE propose to inaugurate the International Association of Academicians for Peace as a project of UPF, and to work in conjunction with the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP), International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), International Media Association for Peace (IMAP) and International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED), and other like-minded associations that may be formed in the future.
The International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP) represents a new global interdisciplinary academic initiative aimed at contributing toward the realization of a world of lasting peace.
We HEREBY affirm and resolve to uphold the following principles and objectives:
To establish programs that promote excellence in academic research for the benefit of humanity.
To promote the highest quality academic publications and academic teaching.
To build professional networks for academicians to foster a world of peace based on the ideals of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values.
To convene programs that advance these goals.
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, endorse the present proposal to establish a new association of academicians, scholars, leaders in thought, university administrators and government officials to be known as the International Association of Academicians for Peace.
Signed this day, February 5, 2020, in Seoul, Korea.