On September 26, 2022, one day before national funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Boston Global Forum officially launches the website Shinzo Abe Initiative for Peace and Security at Abe.AIWS.city.
Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s state funeral is confirmed to be held in Tokyo on September 27, 2022 with an expected attendance of 6,000 guests including local and foreign dignitaries.
World leaders who have confirmed their attendance include US Vice President Kamala Harris, and Australian PM Anthony Albanese and his delegation. Three former Australian leaders John Howard, Tony Abbott, and Malcolm Turnbull, who had all worked with Abe and his premiership from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020, will join as part of Australia’s official delegation.
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will also attend the late Abe’s state funeral.
The Taiwanese foreign ministry is reportedly in discussions about whom it will send as a representative.
At a committee meeting, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida revealed other world leaders who plan to attend the funeral, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and European Council President Charles Michel.
The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 8, 2022 has generated approximately 1,700 messages of condolence messages from 259 countries, regions, and international organizations. The attendance of prominent world leaders at his state funeral further underscores the long-lasting impact of Japan’s longest-serving former prime minister on the region and the world.
The Shinzo Abe Initiative for Peace and Security was established by the Boston Global Forum, where the late Shinzo Abe participated in numerous events and received the World Leaders Award for Peace and Security in 2015. The Initiative aims not only to honor Abe’s significant contributions and dedication to world peace and security, but also to connect world leaders (leaders of government and businesses), scholars, thinkers, and creators to continue his legacy and work toward world peace, security, and prosperity.
Ramu Damodaran, co-chair of UN Centennial Initiative, the first Chief of UN Academic Impact, and a Distinguished Contributor of Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment, presented opening remarks at BGF online high-level panel “Peace for the Global Enlightenment Age: Technology for Peace” on September 21, 2022, an event of United Nations Centennial Initiative.
“Colleges and universities face severe challenges in preserving a secure research environment,” writes Inside Higher Ed, which, in the last two years, along with other news outlets, has “reported a surge in ransomware attacks, causing significant operational and financial costs to the targeted institutions. Cyberhackers attack higher ed institutions for various reasons, including stealing intellectual property, gaining bragging rights about hacking into high profile institutions and extorting institutions for money. Studies have shown that nearly three-quarters of ransomware attacks on higher ed institutions succeeded — making this a real threat to nearly all types of colleges.
A webcast on October 4 (https://bit.ly/3BTRtrw) will explore the following topics:
• Overview of cybersecurity efforts and recent high-profile attacks in higher ed
• The specific security challenges colleges and universities face
• Measures that appear to be limiting cyber hacks”
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The Boston Global Forum (BGF) organized an online high-level panel “Peace for the Global Enlightenment Age: Technology for Peace” on September 21, 2022. Amandeep Singh Gill, Under-Secretary – General, Technology Envoy Technology, United Nations presented the keynote speech at the event.
MIT Professor Alex Sandy Pentland, a Distinguished Contributor of Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment, presented his keynote speech “Data for Peace” at the event: