The Diplomatic, Policy and Parliamentary Session of the 4th Edition of the Peace Integration Summit (CUMIPAZ 2018) received political leaders, senators, ambassadors, ministers and other government officials from different countries.
The installation act was chaired by William Soto, executive president of the GEAP, who presented his speech through video conference; Gabriela Lara, general director of the institution; Ambassador James Lambert, secretary of hemispheric affairs of the OAS; and by the president of the Congress of Guatemala, Alvaro Arzú Escobar.
The session, held in the Izabal room at the Westin Camino Real Hotel, was attended by diplomats, parliamentarians, national and international authorities, politicians, representatives of supranational and multilateral organizations, students, institutions and the general public.
True and false peace
The president of the Congress of Guatemala, Álvaro Arzú Escobar, in his speech entitled "True and False Peace" emphasized:
"The search for peace along the path of virtue is the only way to overcome the crisis of values, of politics and institutions."
Arzú Escobar said that it is the responsibility of all citizens to rescue peace from the hands of those who believe politics are a strategy to achieve sectarian interests, to provoke conflicts against their political enemies.
"Authentic politics cannot be imagined except as a search for the good of all. The search for good is not possible in the absence of justice, and justice is unthinkable without peace, "he concluded.
Love for others and political will
The general director of the GEAP, Gabriela Lara, thanked the distinguished authorities present at this Summit session for their assistance
Lara said: "Peace is the reason of being of human beings and happiness their inherent and inalienable right, and to achieve it, two fundamental aspects are needed: love of the like and political will".
She also explained that all social actors share the desire to build peace, and end poverty, discrimination and intolerance, but it is the political class that has a leading role in achieving these goals.
"The construction of peace is a continuous, dynamic, creative process, which requires the sum of commitments and wills, the presence of each one of you in the Diplomatic, Parliamentary and Policy session, fills us with joy, hope and gives us multiple paths, to continue working for the integral happiness of the human being and Mother Earth, "he said.
"Politics is an art and an integrating science"
For his part, the executive president of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP), William Soto Santiago, in his opening remarks, said:
"Politics is an honorable human activity, that when it is carried out consciously in a responsible manner, with solidarity and vocation of service, seeks the common good and is oriented to the ability to govern with the direct and continuous participation of citizens".
Soto mentioned that power groups and systems are made up of people; then it is necessary to work in the hearts of the human beings that make up the political parties, in the people who are part of the powers in a nation, and in society.
"Politics is an art and an integrating science that is based on love and service by the human being; and must adapt to the social, economic and technological transformations that the world is going through, without losing its essence: making the right decisions, leading to well-being, overcoming odds, peace and happiness of the human family and respect for Mother Earth ", he claimed.