U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin and Justin Timberlake are names that possibly will headline World Peace One (WP1) concert later this May. Organizers are reportedly taking into accounts to tap big artists to deliver their message in bring the world to peace through music.
Should the deal is reached, then the stars will be traveling internationally starting from May 17 in Beijing, China; Istanbul, Turkey; London; Johannesburg; Miami; United Arab Emirates; Portugal; Brazil; Puerto Rico; Colombia; India and possibly other locations. They will be joined by local artists in each place.
According to WP1 founder Doug Ivanovich, other line-up that will be approached to participate are Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, INXS, Velvet Revolver and Timbaland.
WP1 is a not-for-profit global peace advocacy group whose mission is to bring peace to the world through a 10-year global campaign of concerts, education and government initiatives. "Our mission is ending all war at the end of our 10-year period," Ivanovich told Billboard. "Our intent is to foster and generate the largest peoples' movement, grassroots as well as institutional, in the history of the world."
their official website:
"...further, as WP1 Ambassadors, Mr. Hygaard and Mr. Mpofu are invited to collaborate with WP1 to identify prospective high-level dignitaries to serve as Official WP1 Global Peace Ambassadors. As dignitaries, WP1 welcomes the endorsements, as well as direct participation from His Eminence, former President Nelson Mandela, (farmer: AoC-Jedi-)Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former U.S. President Jim Carter, Ms. Mary Robinson former President of Ireland on Human Rights, Mr. Kenneth Kaunda (1st President of Zambia), former Danish States-Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Mikael Gorbachev (1st and only President of the USSR), former President of Nigeria Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Bill Clinton, Rt. Hon. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, (first female President Liberia), Gro Harlen Brudtland, (first female Prime Minister of Norway), Mr. Claes Nobel, Mr. Richard Branson, Mr. Bill Gates, Mr. Carlos Slim Helú, Prime Ministers, Presidents and Chancellors of all countries and o ther government leaders and mayors in our World Peace efforts, to consider them respectfully, as potential candidates for WP1's Ten-Regional Global Ambassador-Generals.
The role of the Chambers of Commerce is pivotal to support such events, so are the Trade Union Representatives in their own right and academicians, economists and financial experts to provide economic and financial acumen to WP1 and its Ten Year Global Peace Initiative. Although World Peace requires inspiration, aspiration and human initiative, people of faith have always recognized that Peace can only be achieved by Divine Grace. In concert with WP1, Mr. Hygaard and Mr Mpofu will be tasked to appoint interfaith religious and spiritual leaders to open and end the events in prayer. Bishop Tutu for example, could lead such a process, but there is a need to appoint a group of such highly distinguished and respected interfaith men and women to serve in such capacity.
On December 8, 2007, WP1 will launch its first historic, 24-hour worldwide television, radio, internet and streaming cellular broadcast, expected to reach an audience of three-billion people. WP1 recognizes no enemy and works on behalf of collective humanity's graduation from war and from its paradigms and practices of division and destruction, in favor of a safer, saner, more equitable, cooperative and prosperous future.
"World Peace One (WP1) is a 30-hour "live" concert event initiated by World Peace One Inc. (WP1 Inc.) and EarthOne Productions LLC, and which is promoted by a select group of music industry professionals, including Doug Ivanovich (Chairman and Executive Producer), Lawrence Freiberg (Co-Executive Producer), Artie Kornfeld (Co-Executive Producer),...WP1 is envisioned as the first installment of a Ten Year Global Peace Initiative. Originally planned to commence during August 2007, the concert is tentatively scheduled to occur in May 17, 2008. In addition, at least two large concerts are also planned for 2008, in additional 10-16 host countries.
A numbers of renowned speakers from around the world are scheduled for the event.
- Maya Angelou
- Kofi Annan: Former Sectretary General of the United Nations.
- Óscar Arias: President of Costa Rica. In 1987 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end civil wars then raging in several Central American countries.
- Michael Beckwith: New Thought minister who founded Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, California.
- Deepak Chopra: Indian medical doctor and writer. He has written extensively on spirituality and diverse topics in mind-body medicine.
- Wayne Dyer: popular American self-help advocate, author and lecturer.
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- Nelson Mandela
- Rigoberta Menchú: Guatemalan recipient of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. Menchú is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
- Claes Nobel, great-grandnephew of Alfred Nobel
- Desmond Tutu
- Oprah Winfrey
Doug Ivanovich serves as Chairman and Executive Producer (EP) for WP1. His career spans a broad range of financial, executive management, marketing, communications and public relations activities. He served as Senior Production Executive for the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was Associate Producer for the Live Aid International Concert Broadcast which reached two billion people and raised over $125 million for famine relief in Africa. As co-founder and principal of Skylink Satellite Communications, Ivanovich worked with most major and independent film production companies, and cable networks in the U.S., including MCA, Columbia, Paramount, MGM, Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, HBO and CNN. Some of his other credits include, Farm Aid II (North American Broadcast), The Bishop Tutu Benefit, (Wembley Stadium, London – Global Distribution), Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary, (Shea Stadium, New York - Global Distribution), Easter Morning Sunrise Service, (Hollywood Bowl – Global Distribution). Other Executive team members include: Lawrence Freiberg (Co-EP); Artie Kornfeld (Associate EP); and Miklos Wass de Czege (Chief Financial Officer)."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Peace_One