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The ‘Voice’ travels far and when it is the appeal by over 56,000 children of CMS representing 2.5 billion children of the world, it touches the hearts of the World Judiciary who cannot resist answering the call. The 20th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World (ICCJW-2019)' was organized by CMS from 6 to 12 November 2019, the first part being held in New Delhi and the greater part of it being held in the city of Lucknow. The Conference was based on Article 51 of the Constitution of India. This Article, inspired by the ancient Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (the whole earth is but one family), motivates every citizen to work for the cause of World Unity, Peace and Justice. It states that - The State shall endeavour to —
promote international peace and security;
maintain just and honourable relations between nations;
foster respect for international law and
encourage settlement of international disputes by arbitration.
Thus, it speaks not only of the peace and security of India but of the whole world and acts as a safeguard for the security and safety of the world’s 2.5 billion children and the generations yet to be born. The historic Conference saw the participation of over 285 dignitaries including Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers of Parliament, Chief Justices and Judges of Supreme Court representing 71 countries of the world. Together they scripted a future for the world’s children after intense discussion, pondering and deliberation on the current situation of the world. On 12th of November, a resolution was released by Mr Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Judge of International Court of Justice, the Hague, Netherlands, in the form of Lucknow Declaration, after unanimous consensus of all the Chief Justices and Judges, at a press conference held at Hotel Clarks Avadh, Lucknow at 1.00 p.m. The Lucknow Declaration is reproduced here as follows:
WHEREAS a large section of people around the world are deprived of basic human rights and are living in abject poverty and children are exposed to various abuses and are deprived of their rights to education, clean drinking water, shelter, sanitation and access to affordable healthcare etc.;
AND WHEREAS terrorism at regional and national levels is inciting war like situation, either on ideological, religious, political, ethnic or some other considerations, which imperils the peace and well-being of every person including children and future generations and there is danger of nuclear technology falling in the hands of terrorists and non-state entities;
AND WHEREAS the United Nations is working for peace, human rights, social uplift, development and in other fields through its various agencies, but lacks the essential mechanism and authority needed to get decisions of the General Assembly implemented;
AND WHEREAS global warming and climate change is having adverse impact on this planet and will result in inundating many coastal cities and many small islands and may lead to destruction of biodiversity, forest cover, species and marine life and will have adverse impact on human health.
NOW, THEREFORE, we the Chief Justices and Judges assembled at the 20th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World on Article 51 of the Constitution of India, organized by the City Montessori School, Lucknow, India, from 8th to 11th November 2019 do hereby REAFFIRM the Resolutions passed in the previously held Conferences of Chief Justices and further RESOLVE-
That Heads of State and Head of Government of all countries of the World be urged -
to take concrete steps to raise the issue of review of the U.N. Charter as required in the Charter itself;
to deliberate on the present global problems and issues by holding a high level meeting of Heads of State/ Heads of Government and to find solutions thereto and to work for establishment of a representative and democratically elected World Parliament to enact enforceable World Law, leading to establishment of world executive and World Court of Justice;
to take urgent steps to check/reduce Global Warming as required in the agreements reached at international Conferences; and
to introduce in all the schools of their respective countries instructions in peace education and cross- cultural understanding.
That the United Nations be urged -
to expedite review of the U.N. Charter including reform of the Security Council;
o make earnest efforts for elimination of weapons of mass destruction; and
to make efforts for prevention of terrorism, extremism and wars.
That Members of World Judiciary be urged -
to promote respect for dignity of persons which is the basis of all fundamental human rights and fundamental freedoms; and
to motivate respective national governments to take steps for introducing instructions in citizenship education, peace education and cross-cultural understanding in all schools.
ALSO RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be sent to all Heads of State, Heads of Government and Chief Justices of all countries of the world and to the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization for their urgent consideration and possible action.
6th of November was a bright and promising day when CMS staff and teachers welcomed Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers of Parliament and members of the world Judiciary, the Chief Justices and Judges of 285 countries in New Delhi. At the inaugural session of the Conference, Chief Guest, Mr Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce, Industry and Railways, said that the media, judiciary, governments and schools all over the world need to collectively work for the welfare of children, safeguarding their future and ensuring gender equality among them. He congratulated the Convenor of the Conference, CMS Founder-Manager Dr Jagdish Gandhi, for organizing this meaningful Conference and bringing the World Judiciary on a common global platform to discuss important issues like terrorism, global warming and nuclear armament etc. Others who addressed the press conference in New Delhi included H.E. Mr Justice Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, Former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Anurag Batra, Chairperson, BusinessWorld, Hon. Mr Justice Mogoeng Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng, Chief Justice, Constitutional Court, South Africa Hon'ble Dr Justice Adel Omar Sherif, Dy. Chief Justice, Supreme Constitutional, Court of Egypt etc. They expressed their happiness in the Land of Gandhi and Nehru, where peaceful co-existence was a way of life. The Chief Justices visited Raj Ghat and paid floral tribute at the Samadhi of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Earlier they visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Gurudwara, and the Bahai temple in New Delhi, sending messages of world unity, peace, justice, equality and communal harmony across the world. In the evening, the delegates were invited to the President's House, Rashtrapati Bhawan for tea and snacks.
I am delighted to say that the Founder Director of the school, Dr Bharti Gandhi, received the rare honour of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Parliament in London in late November, for her outstanding contributions to education in India. It is a testimony to the national stature of CMS that its Founder Director has been thus honoured.
The Conference of Chief Justices of the World was a grand success. The children's Model United Nations (MUN) on 8th November displayed our senior students’ powers of research, analysis and cogent presentation. The sessions with teachers included discussion on the essential pre-requisites of a peaceful world: sustainable development, enforceable world law, the stewardship of the environment, a democratic global governance architecture, and the role of religion in creating a culture of peace. All this better prepares teachers for imparting peace education, which is a part of the NCERT’s National Curriculum Framework.
November saw 4 international events at CMS – the EXSPO sporting event by RDSO campus; the International Youth Convention on Commerce and Economics (IYCCE) by the Station Road campus; Geofest, a geography olympiad, jointly by the Jopling Road and Rajajipuram 2 campuses; and the International Students Quality Control Circles event by CMS Kanpur Road campus. These provided our students platforms for unparalleled global and national exposure and interaction with school teams from across Indian states and across several countries of the world.
The CMS International School to School Exchange (ISSE) delegation completed its stay in Japan and returned with rich experiences. We also hosted a school team from the School of Nations in Macau (China) who came to learn about our school’s Junior Youth Empowerment Program and took part in service activities alongside our JYEP students at Gomti Nagar Campus II.
In an incredibly busy month, early November saw the Meritorious Students Felicitation Functions which honoured the toppers of the 2nd Comparative Examinations of ISC and ICSE. In late November, Rajendra Nagar Campus I had its glorious sports day, Aliganj I and Chowk campuses had their Parents’ Days, and CMS Cambridge Section put up an extremely successful student-led ‘Metamorphosis’ event.
On the morning of 8th November, a red carpet welcome was laid for the Chief Justices as they landed in Lucknow. CMS teachers showered them with flowers and garlands and the band played a welcome tune for the distinguished guests. Chief Guest, Mrs. Anandiben Patel, Governor of UP inaugurated the Opening Session of '20th ICCJW 2019 in Lucknow at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium. The highlights of the day were a Model United Nations and a press conference addressed by the Heads of State and Chief Justices in which they reaffirmed their commitment to safeguard child and human rights through law and granting of justice even to the poor, sick and needy who could not go to court. In the evening, the Chief Minister of U.P. Hon'ble Shri Yogi Adityanath invited the dignitaries to his residence for dinner. hosted by him.