The supreme value of loving kindness and compassion can have an enormous positive impact on the world today. These values in action help us realize our humanity and are the foundation for necessary just policies to bring peace and stability.
It is an essential birthright for all humankind to live in peace, have clean water, healthy food, shelter, education, and economic equality. It is our moral right to protect the planet that has been entrusted to us. We honor these rights and commit to sow the seeds of loving-kindness and compassion in all manifestations.
A pledge to advance peace and harmony
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Former Managing Director IMF
(† April 23rd 2019)
Murshid Karimbakhsh Witteveen is one of the former leaders of the International Sufi Movement in Geneva and The Hague. At the same time he is an economist, who has been a professor in economics, Minister of Finance and vice Prime Minister in the Netherlands and later Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. He has shown in this career how the inner and outer life can grow together, inspiring and testing each other. As leader of the International Sufi Movement – together with Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan, the son of Hazrat Inayat Khan – he has succeeded in creating a harmonious cooperation between the different Sufi organizations that are following Hazrat Inayat Khan’s message, creating in that way the Federation of the Sufi Message. Murshid Karimbakhsh has brought many different spiritual leaders of Sufi orders, who recognize this universal character of Sufism and other leaders of mystical orders in other religions harmoniously together in international Sufi conferences.
Mr. Jonathan Granoff, an international lawyer, serves as a Senior Advisor and Special Representative to the United Nations for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is the President of the Global Security Institute, Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He focuses his advocacy efforts on the legal, moral, political and spiritual dimensions of peace with a particular emphasis on the rule of law and the elimination of nuclear weapons. An award winning screenwriter, he is a widely published scholar and serves on numerous advisory and governing boards such as the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security at the UN, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the Jane Goodall Institute.
He is a Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law. He has represented the Nobel Laureate organization the International Peace Bureau at Nobel Laureate Summits and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Since his youth he lived and studied with the Sufi Saint Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and is honored with his namesake Ahamed Muhaiyaddeen.
President, Global Security Institute
Director, Sufi Ruhaniat International
Shabda Kahn serves as Pir (spiritual director) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, a branch within the spiritual lineage of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan. He is also a teacher and performer of Hindustani classical vocal music, Raga, in the Kirana Gharana style, serving as director of the Chisti Sabri School of Music, within the lineage of his teacher Pandit Pran Nath, at whose direction this school was formed and placed in Shabda Kahn’s care.
At the request of his Murshid Pir Moineddin, Shabda Kahn was initiated as a Sheikh (spiritual guide) in 1977 by Pir Vilayat Khan, eldest son of Inayat Khan. He was initiated as a Murshid (senior spiritual guide) in 1994 by Pir Hidayat Inayat Khan, son of Inayat Khan. In 2001, at the death of Pir Moineddin Jablonski, Shabda Kahn succeeded him as Pir of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, by Pir Moineddin’s appointment. Shabda Kahn is also a disciple of the illustrious Tibetan master, the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche, and was deeply influenced by his twenty-two year relationship with the great American mystic Joe Miller.
As Pir, Shabda Kahn directs the leadership circle of the Sufi Ruhaniat International as well as its board of trustees, and serves as spiritual director for the Dances of Universal Peace, worldwide.
Brigitte van Baren studied Dutch law in Amsterdam and specialized in environmental law. She founded Inner Sense in 1992. Inner Sense aims to enhance inner depth in the corporate and industrial world by applying ‘essentials in leadership’. Inner Sense has endorsed the values of the Earth Charter, working with the framework and striving to achieve fair and sustainable leadership. An integral part of this vision is the engagement of young (potential) leaders at events concerning sustainable leadership. Brigitte van Baren has led projects for international organizations; coaching and training people in leadership positions, managers and teams.
Furthermore, she is an author and a Zen teacher. She works with the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW). She has organized several international conferences and initiated the Wings conferences by organizing Wings for Rio+20 and co-organizing the Wings for Earth Charter (VNO-NCV and Soetendorp Institute) and Wings for Water and Wereld Waterdag (commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) international conferences.
Co-founder Living Peace Projects, director Inner Sense