Moderation is acceptance and respect. It is about mutual understanding and the celebration of the rich dimensions of diversity. Diversity enriches and strengthens the fabric of life. Acceptance of diversity, more than tolerance, is the key to peaceful co-existence. History has shown, time and again, that the rejection of moderation or being extreme in any way or form could ignite conflict and discontentment. The end result has been war and untold suffering. Moderation, on the other hand, can mitigate or prevent these from happening. It is imperative therefore that moderation be seen as the bedrock of international relations in this global world where peace, till today, remains an elusive goal.
The aspirations of the Honorable Prime Minister conveyed at the United Nations 65th Session to establish GMM were realized through the organization of the first International Conference on Global Movement of Moderates (ICGMM) held on 17-19 January 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. In his keynote address at the said conference, the Honorable Prime Minister agreed to establish the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) as a key referral point for the consolidation and dissemination of information and campaign materials to all those who want to join the fight against extremism, governmental and non-governmental bodies alike.
As a collective movement, GMM relies on the support of the stakeholders. GMMF has been actively engaging all stakeholders – policy makers, academicians and professionals, civil society organization, businesses, media, opinion makers, parties to conflicts – in a number of round-tables, expert meetings and focus group discussions in efforts to provide a platform for engagement and consultation.
The GMM concept has received world-wide acclaim with a declaration of full support from the Secretary General of United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, British Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. David Cameron, and the U.S. President, H.E. Barack Obama. The GMM initiative was adopted by the 20th ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh on 3 April 2012, and it is envisaged that GMM will be promoted within ASEAN member states to achieve global peace. GMM reached a milestone on 27 April 2015, when ASEAN Leaders endorsed the Langkawi Declaration on the Global Movement of Moderates at the end of the two-day 26th ASEAN Summit. The adopted Declaration outline measures to help promote moderation and curb extremism throughout the region.