World Peace Conference 2017

Project Description

The World Peace Conference 2017 will be held on March 31- April 1, 2017 at the Michigan League on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The goal of the peace conference is to empower community leaders, Rotarians, youth and others to promote and actively practice peace in their communities. The two day event will be hosted by the Michigan, northern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Ontario based Rotary clubs representing over 15,000 Rotarians.

Featured speakers include:
– John Germ, Rotary International President
– Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1997) and Chair, Nobel Women’s Initiative
– Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps
– Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor, author and academic
– 30 more leading experts, authors and scholars specializing in peace and conflict resolution

The conference planning committee expects 500 attendees including at least 100 students. The conference is oriented toward action, practical solutions and applications that participants can take back to their communities.

The themes include: Peace and Conflict Resolution; Poverty, Hunger and Health; Role of Faith Based Organizations; Role of Media in Peace Building; Violence Prevention and Involving Youth in Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Project Contact Name
Rosemarie Rowney
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Project Location
Michigan League, University of Michigan Campus
911 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
United States
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Project Time Frame
1 year
Rotary District
District 6380 (plus others; see description above)
Club Name
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (plus others; see description above)
Project Resources
The projected budget for the conference is $210,000. The planning committee believes that they have raised one half to date. The funding sources include five Rotary districts, many Rotary clubs (big and small), individuals, a $25,000 grant from a local church mission fund and anticipated revenue from registration of 400 participants at $150 each. The mission grant is paying for 100 scholarships for youth to attend free.

The group developed materials for a sponsorship campaign ranging from $25,000 for sponsoring the Peace Laureate or one of the themes of the conference, to the lowest level of $2,000. (Details available upon request) We also hope to gain revenue by selling advertisements in the program.

Ashish Sarkar is the Convener of the conference.

There is a comprehensive organizational chart outlining the various duties of the volunteers. There are over 50 volunteers involved at this point with many more acting as advisors. The core group of volunteers meet weekly.

We need help with public relations and social media to advertise the conference. We need materials to handout at the Peace Conference and we would like to borrow the six banners with peace sayings on them that we saw at your booth at Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea last summer.

Is there a Global Grant for this project?
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Professor Fred Pearson is Co-Chair of the Program Committee.

The President of the University of Michigan will open the conference with a welcome and has made a small donation to the effort. The registration portal is through the UM Office of Events and Conferences. Various Deans, Schools and employees of the UM have been helpful resources.

The religious communities have been very supportive both financially and in kind.

In kind office space is provided by a local office building owner. Other businesses have provided low cost help with design, printing, etc.