- On behalf of over 52,000 students of City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, India, we feel honoured to invite you to address the members of the World Judiciary on 'Building a safe and secure future for over 2 billion children of the world and generations yet-to-be born' as our revered Guest of Honour at the 16th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World on Article 51 (printed above) of the Constitution of India being organised by City Montessori School, Lucknow from Friday 8 to 13 October, 2017.
- The theme of the Conference is 'Uniting the World for Children through Enforceable World Law and Effective Global Governance'. The permission from Government of India for holding this Conference has been obtained.
- The organiser of the Conference - the City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, India is a senior secondary school which is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest school with presently over 52,000 students on rolls.
- It is the only school of the world to have been awarded, for the year 2002, the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.
- As the largest school of the world, we consider it our duty to highlight the cause of a safe and secure future of over two billion children of the world and the generations yet-to-be-born. This initiative has been taken under the ideal, vision and mission of this school that 'A Modern School must act as a Lighthouse of the Society' and must concern itself with the affairs of the age. The United Nations has also associated the City Montessori School Society as its official NGO in recognition of its efforts for creating world-wide awareness for a better, united and peaceful world for children.
- Your Lordship shall be further happy to know that the International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World, organised by City Montessori School, Lucknow since the last 16 years with the sole objective of providing a safe and secure future for world's over 2 billion children and generations yet-to-be born, has received tremendous support from World Judiciary and Heads of State. In the previously held fifteen International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World organised by us so far, 780 Hon'ble Chief Justices and Judges from 114 countries have participated. Out of these, 12 former as well as serving Heads of State have also graced the conference with their benign presence till date.
- Your Lordship will very kindly agree with us that the future of over two billion children of the world and generations yet-to-be born has become progressively more unprotected and insecure during the past nearly seven decades, since the outbreak of World War II and the recent spread of international terrorism, climate change, stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction, fear of third World War and nuclear holocaust.
- Listed below are some of the very depressing facts and figures about the current state of world's children:
- Every year 9.2 million children under the age of 5 die of diseases caused by lack of food, clean water, hygiene and health care.
- Around 700 million children have less than 1.25 US dollars a day to live on. An additional 500 million live on less than 2 US dollars a day. More than half of the world's children live in abject poverty.
- 60 million children live on the streets. An additional 90 million work and spend the day on the streets.
- Over 1 million children are being held in prison. Imprisoned children are often treated badly.
- 8 million children of the world are forced into the worst forms of child labour, as slaves, child soldiers or prostitutes.
- Every year, 1.2 million children are 'trafficked' in the modern day slave trade.
- Over the last 15 years at least 2 million children have been killed in war. 6 million have suffered serious physical injuries. 10 million have suffered serious psychological harm. 1 million have lost or become separated from their parents. 300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand) children have been used as soldiers, carriers of mine clearers (2,500 children are killed or injured by mines every year). At least 25 million children have had to flee their homes of countries.
- There are 101 million children who get no education whatsoever. 150 million children leave school before the fifth grade.
- You would further agree that this horrendous treatment of children has to stop but it requires global efforts and in this era of interdependence of nations, combined political will alone can change the situation. No nation alone, howsoever powerful, can deal with the plight of the world's children. Jan Tinbergen, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, had said "Mankind's problems can no longer be solved by national governments. What is needed is a World Government.". Many statesmen and eminent personalities had, in the second half of the 20th century, expressed the need for formation of a new world order. A few of them are quoted below:
(a) Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the 1st Prime Minister of India said: “Either the world will unite or it will perish.”
(b) Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of UK said: “Unless we establish a world government, it will not be possible for us to avert the World War III.”
(c) John F. Kennedy, President of USA said: “We must create worldwide law and law enforcement agency, as we outlaw worldwide war and weapons.”
(d) Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of USA said: “There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak.”
(e) Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, President of India said: “There will be one central authority to which the instruments of coercion will be surrendered and a fraction of the sovereignty of independent nation states will have to be given up for the security of the whole world.”
(f) Mikhail Gorbachev, President of erstwhile USSR said: “An awareness of the need for some kind of global government is gaining ground, one in which all members of the world community would take part.”
- What will bring the world's nations to a democratic peace table and inspire them to settle disagreements without bloodshed and make the world safer, secure and happier for its children?
- Children are the common concern and the most powerful common denominator for all nations of the world. We at CMS, have laid a 'Children's Peace Table' for all nations of the world at the 16th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World and invite active participation of the eminent World Judiciary and eminent leaders of the world, who are concerned with the future of world's children, to unite for the safe and secure future of over 2.5 billion children of the world and the generations yet-to-be born.
With highest regards,
(Dr Jagdish Gandhi)
Convenor, International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World
& Founder-Manager, City Montessori School, Lucknow, India
Attachment: Tentative programme of the Conference