Global Forums

The Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders held five conferences throughout the 1980s and 1990s in Oxford, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Jericho*, Kyoto, and Konya.

Closing ceremonies at the 1988  Global Forum at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Among its guests and speakers were:

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureate and political and spiritual leader
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union/Russia and Nobel Laureate
  • Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro of Syria
  • Mother Theresa, Nobel Laureate and Catholic nun
  • Wangari Maathai, Nobel Laureate and environmental activist
  • Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor
  • Al Gore, then US Vice President and Nobel Laureate
  • Carl Sagan, astrophysicist and science educator
  • Javier Perez de Cuellar, then UN Secretary General
  • John Denver, musician and environmental activist

The Forums, remarkable in the individuals they gathered and the agenda they set forth, all preceded major shifts of power in each region.

*Akio organized the Jericho conference, which PLO Chairman Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Rabin remarkably agreed to co-chair. Tragically, Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated shortly before the conference would have taken place.

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