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Global Peace Leadership Conference cancels Ruto’s inaugural ceremony in Nairobi

In a statement issued today, the GPLC expressed its deep regret over the current situation in Kenya, emphasizing its commitment to mourn the deceased and support the recovery of the injured.

The statement highlights the urgency and seriousness of the situation that has caused this unprecedented decision.

“In light of the events of the last two days in Kenya, the loss of life and casualties of the protests at Parliament on June 25, 2024, we have decided to cancel the opening ceremony.” the statement said.

The conference, to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi’s Upper Hill, was expected to attract significant international attention, and was scheduled to be attended by top global leaders and dignitaries.

However, organizers announced that President William Ruto will not attend the conference as initially planned.

The GPLC statement underlines the importance of addressing the root causes of the unrest, calling for healing and national unity.

“We mourn those who have died, we pray for a full recovery for those who were injured, and we hope that this nation recovers so that it can find a path to a future that benefits all its people.” concluded the statement.

The organizing committee of the Nyanza International Investment Conference has also announced the decision to postpone the conference to a later date.

In a statement, the president said the conference will inform attendees of the dates of the new event after a thorough review of the parameters necessary to ensure a successful conference.

The protests degenerated into violence: protesters broke into the Parliament building, set parts of it on fire and clashed with police forces, who responded with live ammunition and tear gas.

The situation remains tense as Kenyans and the international community closely watch how the government will respond to protesters’ demands and the current crisis.

The Global Peace Leadership Conference (GPLC) 2024 will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from June 25 to 27, 2024.

The conference will bring together delegates from Africa and around the world to explore ways to promote peace, development and cooperation on the continent.

Key objectives of GPLC 2024 include promoting an African renaissance that draws on the continent’s unique heritage, spirituality and traditional values.

The conference is jointly convened by the Global Peace Foundation Kenya (GPF) and the Interreligious Council of Kenya (IRCK).

President William Ruto was expected to deliver a keynote address, alongside Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde.

More than 500 delegates from 25 countries are expected to attend, including senior government officials, policymakers, religious leaders, educators and other stakeholders.

The event will provide a platform for emerging and established African leaders, including youth, to share experiences, best practices and innovative solutions to address challenges related to peace and sustainable development on the continent.

Highlights of GPLC 2024 will include plenary sessions on sustainable peacebuilding and development efforts, assessment and promotion of peace and development frameworks, and launch of ongoing programs and projects.

A tree planting exercise is also planned at Konza Technopolis as part of the conference’s commitment to Kenya’s environmental stewardship and reforestation efforts.

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