HOW IT BEGAN
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."
In February 2015, the Rotary District 5080 Friendship Exchange Team was unable, due to tensions, to observe a cricket match in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The group was also unable to observe (for similar reasons) the “Changing of the Guard” on the India-Pakistan border at Wagah-Attari, on the Grand Trunk Road between Lahore, Pakistan and Amritsar, India.
The Friendship Exchange leader, Kees van der Pol, Rotary District 5080 Director for the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association (WGIPPA), suggested the creation of an international peace park on “no-man’s land” between India and Pakistan, supported by the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association, which brought about the world’s first peace park in 1932, straddling the Alberta, Canada and Montana, USA border.
Founded in 1905, Rotary International has expanded to every corner of the world and is represented in more countries than the United Nations.
Rotary is the group that can make a Pakistani-Indian Peace Park possible. We have a history of successes, including:
49 Rotarians serving as delegates, advisers, or consultants at the 1945 San Francisco Conference to form the United Nations.
In 1946, at the 1st General Assembly of the United Nations Rotary had three observers.
Our 35+Year world-wide Polio Eradication Initiative
More than 1000 Peace Fellows
Many Politicians, government leaders, diplomats all over the world are members of Rotary International.
In this current time of political unrest and sabre-rattling by various world leaders, it makes sense for Rotarians, in the words of author John Jakes, to “Take a Stand and Make a Mark” by “Making a Difference” in our world.
Created by Rotarians from both sides of the Canada-United States border, WGIPPA celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2032. It is now supported by four surrounding Rotary districts, including District 5080, an international district.
The WGIPPA Mission Statement, “…and our commitment to building peace initiatives whenever possible.”
The WGIPPA Core Value (b) which states, “We will advocate with Rotarians and other groups who have similar goals for the promotion of peace, freedom and equal opportunities for all.”
Part of the Rotary Pledge of Peace, recited at border ceremonies is: “In the name of all we hold sacred, we will not take up arms against each other. We will work for peace, maintain liberty, strive for freedom and demand equal opportunities for all. May the long existing peace between our nations stimulate other peoples to follow this example.
… the complete history
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