Lucknow, 19 November: His Excellency Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, the President of Mauritius, inaugurated the '23rd International Conference of Chief Justices of the World' today at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium. The occasion was magnificent with the presence of 250 Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers of Parliament, Law Ministers, Judges of International Court along with the Chief Justices, Judges and legal luminaries arrived from 57 countries. These dignitaries expressed their views in favour of World Unity and World Peace.
In his inaugural speech, the President of Mauritius, H.E. Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun said that the initiative taken by CMS for the better future of the present and future generation and all humanity, is commendable. Mr Roopun quoted the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi's views on stopping war and promoting peaceful dialogues and interactions among the Heads of States. He said that as Shri Modi has said that the era of war no longer exists now and the present era needs encouragement of more and more dialogues at every level to resolve any issues. Peace should be established, said Mr Roopun.
Ahead of it, all the former and sitting heads of states, including justices, judges and eminent dignitaries of 57 nations led the grand 'World Unity March', taken out by CMS students and teachers. The World Unity March started from 'Purani Chungi', Kanpur Road, and reached CMS Kanpur Road auditorium. CMS students, on behalf of 2.5 billion children of the world, raised their voice for the future of the younger generation and received profound support of the world judiciary.
The inaugural function reverberated with the thoughts presented by the President, Prime Minister and other political stalwarts of different countries. Speaking on this occasion, Sir Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams GCMG, Governor-General, Antigua & Barbuda commended CMS for organizing this conference and suggested ways how to move its agenda forward. He said that if we want to unite the children, they must be given opportunity to interact as interaction would develop understanding and promote an environment of peace. Mr Stjepan Mesic, Ex-President, Croatia said that lasting peace and justice that which is achieved by agreement of all concerned parties. He said that the world today needs institutions and people who can think of collective good. He said that we can not create a world where we endanger the lives of others. Mr Emil Constantinescu, Ex-President, Romania emphasized on the importance of learning from the past. He said that world peace is possible but it has be based on the rule of law and democracy. Lasting peace can be achieved by a culture of peace and education he added.
In the afternoon session, discussions and deliberations among the Chief Justices and judges of the world were conducted in the parallel sessions on different topics and sub-topics including 'Creating Culture of Unity and Peace', 'Establishing Rule of Law', 'Human Rights', 'Global Governance Structure', 'Tackling Global Issues', and 'Sustainable Development' etc. Speaking on this occasion, Hon'ble Justice Dr Adel Omar Sherif, First Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Constitutional Court, Egypt; Hon'ble Mr Justice Bheki Maphalala, Chief Justice, The Superior Court of Judicature, Kingdom of Eswatini; Hon'ble Mr Justice Batsuuri Mishig, Judge, Supreme Court, Mongolia; Hon'ble Ms Justice Iva Freancelina Ozias, Judge, Judicial Court, Tete Province, Mozambique; Hon'ble Mr Justice Khamis Ramadhani, Chief Justice, High Court of Zanzibar, Tanzania; Hon'ble Ms Justice Roydah M.C Kaoma, Judge, Supreme Court, Zambia and many more jurists and legal luminaries expressed their views.
Convener of the conference and CMS Founder, Dr Jagdish Gandhi apprised the press personnel today, at the press conference, about the views of Chief Justices saying that the judiciary very intently listened to the appeal made by CMS students and they deeply pondered over the appeal. CMS students in their appeal, on behalf of over 2.5 billion children of the world, urged the judicial authorities that we want a safe and secured future. We do not want a stack of bombs. We urge you all to get together to establish a rule of law for the formation of unity and peace in the world, end atrocities on children, and stop wars.
Chief Minister, Hon'ble Shri Yogi Adityanath hosted a lavish dinner in honour of these dignitaries at the Chief Minister's Residence at 5, Kalidas Marg, Lucknow. All the dignitaries were all praise for the goodwill gesture shown by the Chief Minister. Founder of CMS and renowned educationist, Dr Jagdish Gandhi extended his heartfelt gratitude to the Chief Minister. Ahead of this, these eminent personalities visited New High Court premises.