Summer of Peace Report
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury has devoted many years as an inspirational champion for sustainable peace and development and ardently advancing the cause of the global movement for the culture of peace that has energized civil society all over the world. As a career diplomat he has been Permanent Representative to United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of UNICEF Board, UN Under-Secretary-General, the Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President, and recipient of many awards including the 2015 Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builders Prize of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, the U Thant Peace Award, UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace and Spirit of the UN Award and University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor’s Medal for Global Leadership for Peace. Ambassador Chowdhury has a wealth of experience in the critical issues of our time - peace, sustainable development, and human rights. He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York from 1996 to 2001 and as the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations, responsible for the most vulnerable countries of the world from 2002 to 2007. Ambassador Chowdhury is a member of the Advisory Council of IMPACT Leadership 21 and is the first recipient of the IMPACT Leadership 21’s Global Summit Frederick Douglass Award Honoring Men Who Are Champions For Women's Advancement in October 2013. He is a founding co-chair of the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organisation (IESCO) with headquarters in China and is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Peace Academy in US. He is the honorary chair of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the UN, New York and chairman of the Global Forum on Human Settlements, both since 2008. He has also been the chair of the International Drafting Committee on the Human Right to Peace, an initiative coordinated from Geneva and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the New York City Peace Museum.
Molly Rowan Leach is a writer, radio host and producer, a mother, and a global citizen. She serves as Restorative Justice Fellow to The Peace Alliance, providing guidance and support to Staff on key elements of the current U.S. justice transformation while also driving grassroots advocacy and mobilization projects in various states. She sits on the Educational Institute Board of The Peace Alliance, and serves as an Advisory Member of Full Circle Restorative Justice. She founded Restorative Justice on The Rise, an ongoing weekly radio-style webcast and dialogue forum over two years ago, to leverage virtual technology’s capacity to quickly mobilize and connect people in receiving information and tools, sharing stories, and learning together towards deepening practices in their own lives and communities. The dialogue series features a powerful cross spectrum representation of people in diverse areas of justice and peacebuilding, and a constituency of global citizens from many countries. Former guests and archives include conversations with Dr. Johan Galtung, Michelle Alexander, Azim Khamisa, Kay Pranis, Sunny Schwartz, Dominic Barter, Arun Gandhi, Grandmother Mona Polacca, and many others doing equally important work.