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Vijay Mehta interviewed by NTV Europe


On Friday, 1 December 2017, Vijay Mehta was interviewed by NTV Europe’s Talking Point Anchor Celebrity Show. The interview was conducted by Syed Neaz Ahmed, who had previously interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winners, Vice Chancellors and many other exemplary authors, academics and film producers, musicians.

The interview lasted 1 hour and questions asked by Syed ranged from interpretation of peace, Israel-Palestine conflict, diplomacy negotiations of peace, role of faith, belief & religion, how can we build an active peace movement to counter wars and terrorism.

The full interview is available to watch on YouTube in the links below:

Interview Part 1
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Report of 25 November 2017 Uniting for Peace Annual Conference on "World Religions for Peace"


Uniting for Peace Annual Conference "World Religions for Peace" at Wesley's Chapel on 25 November 2017. Photo credit: Bernard Holland

On Saturday, 25 November 2017, Uniting for Peace hosted an all day conference on World Religion for Peace at Wesley’s Chapel with an audience of around 80 people. After a brief introduction from the chair of Uniting for Peace Vijay Mehta, the conference chair, Rita Payne hoped the day would answer many questions, such as why if religions sought to inspire peace, there was so much violence between them? Dr. Marcus Braybrooke – President of the World Congress of Faiths opened with a short period of silence to remember the Mosque attack in Sinai and short prayer. Special thanks to Bernie Holland for filming the entire conference, Anthony Russell for providing with a report and Prabhakar Kaza for taking excellent photographs.

To read the full report, please click here.
To view the photos of the conference, please click here. (Thanks to Prabhakar Kaza and Bernie Holland for taking the photos)
To read Marcus Braybrooke's speech, please click here.
To read Vijay Mehta's speech, please click here.
The playlist / videos below are the speeches and proceedings from the event:

Report of 12 October UN Symposium on "Can UN Build a Peaceful World"


Fabian Hamilton MP, Labour Shadow Peace and Disarmament Minister, speaking at Uniting for Peace UN Symposium. Photo credit: Prabhakar Kaza

Uniting for Peace hosted a UN Symposium on “Can UN Build a Peaceful World” on 12th October 2017 at Hilton London Euston. The Symposium was attended by over 110 people and distinguished speakers included, Fabian Hamilton MP, Labour Shadow Peace and Disarmament Minister, Breines Ingeborg, Former Director of UNESCO and Former Co-President of International Peace Bureau, Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace, Frank Jackson, Vice President, Uniting for Peace and Luke Addison, PeaceJam and Rotaract. The event was ably chaired by Rita Payne, President Emeritus, Commonwealth Journalists Association.

To read the summary of the speeches given by the speakers, click here
To view the photos of the conference, click here (Thanks to Prabhakar Kaza and Bernie Holland for taking the photos)
To read Vijay Mehta's speech, click here

"Faith reflections on the United Nations"

An edited version of the address given at St.Mark's Unitarian Church, Edinburgh, on Sunday September 24 for the special service marking UN International Peace Day and Peacekeeping Sunday, by REV. BRIAN COOPER, Churches and Inter-Faith Secretary, Uniting for Peace.

Background: Christian and Secular Idealism at end of World War Two:

1945-46 saw widespread RELIGIOUS REVIVAL in the two victorious Western allies in the wartime coalition, USA & Britain. In USA young Billy Graham was preaching to many thousands at the Youth for Christ rallies sweeping America. Across UK, church services were packed.

To read Rev. Brian Cooper's speech, click here

Report on Oldham Inaugural Peace Lecture 2017

Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace gave the Inaugural Peace Lecture on 21st September 2017 the UN International Day of Peace organised by Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum at Performance Space, Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter. Richard Outram and Maria, started the evening giving a resume of their work throughout last year. After that, the Mayor of Oldham Shadab Qumer spoke at the event and also pledged his support for peace activities in Oldham, a town of over 200,000 people renowned for peace.

After this, Vijay Mehta gave the inaugural lecture which finished with a vibrant Q/A session. There was a valuable contribution made by Julia Ward MEP at the event, explaining her work at the European Parliament.

Vijay Mehta was pleased to signed Pledge to Peace, a document which has been signed before by many luminaries. Shanti and Vijay Mehta were given as a gift of a book and video titled “Peace is Possible” which is a collection of talk by Prem Rawat. Two copies of Vijay Mehta’s latest book “Peace Beyond Borders” book were purchased by the Oldham Library.

To read Vijay Mehta's speech, click here

Free Event All Welcome, Donations Appreciated
UN Symposium 2017 by Uniting for Peace on 12 October 2017 at Hilton London Euston

CAN UN BUILD A PEACEFUL WORLD? - To Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War

Organised by: Uniting for Peace
Date: Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Venue: Hilton London Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Chair: Rita Payne, President Emeritus, Commonwealth Journalists Association
Speakers:

Fabian Hamilton MP, Labour Shadow Peace & Disarmament Minister (invited)
Humphrey Hawksley, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Breines Ingeborg, Former Director of UNESCO and Former Co-President of IPB
Natalie Samarasinghe,
Executive Director of UNA UK (invited)
Vijay Mehta, Chair, UfP, Author, “Peace Beyond Borders”
Brian Cooper, Co-Ordinator and Inter-Faith Secretary, UfP
Luke Addison, PeaceJam, Rotaract and Model UN UK Representative

For further information and registration, please contact:
Vijay Mehta: Email - vijay@vmpeace.org | Telephone - 0207 791 1717
Brian Cooper: Telephone - 0131 446 9545

Nobel Peace Laureate H.E. José Ramos-Horta reading "Peace Beyond Borders " by Vijay Mehta

On a recent visit to Timor Leste, Renu Mehta, Founder of Fortune Forum Charity, went to visit Jose Ramos-Horta, Former President of Timor Liste. It was a privilege to have the esteemed foreword by Jose Ramos-Horta to the book, "Peace Beyond Borders"written by Vijay Mehta. It was his endorsement, that helped the book to become well known in the peace circles.

To view the photos, please click here.

 

Two dates for your diary

21 September - Oldham Inaugural Peace Day Lecture - Keynote Speaker Vijay Mehta

“PEACE IS POSSIBLE: Wars, terrorism and militarism will not go away unless we make it happen”

Organised by: Oldham Peace to Pledge Forum and Peace Talks Oldham
Date: Thursday, 21st September, 2017
Venue: Performance Space, Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Keynote Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

In the inaugural Peace Lecture 2017 at Oldham, Vijay Mehta will explore that the world today is more unstable than the height of the Cold War. With wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria simply have not worked and made the world a more dangerous place. War on terror which have driven these wars have not succeeded and its escalation has displaced more people worldwide now than any time in history. The rise of populism, nationalism and racism, has resulted in Trumpism, Brexit and formation of the right wing parties across Europe. History is a witness that these were the causes which were instrumental to 1st and 2nd World War in which 100 million people perished. In this turmoil and chaos around the world, Vijay Mehta will explore how to counteract the onslaught of the culture of militarism and what actions we need to take for building a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Outram – richard.outram2@oldham.gov.uk
Telephone: 0161 770 4024 | Mobile: 07583 097793

22 September - Peace Works – Exploring Ways of Preventing War

Date: Friday, 22nd September, 2017
Venue: University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies | Time: TBC
Keynote Speakers: Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

In his talk at the University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies, Vijay Mehta will challenge the students to examine if humanity can exist without war. Can we create effective, democratic and judicial procedures at the local, national and supranational level, the development of values and symbols that not only sustain peace and justice for all but also relegate the institution of war, like slavery before it, to the pages of history.

There are 1.8 billion youth worldwide. It is for the youth to take their destiny in their own hands to take critical decisions that will affect them and have a real influence in their world for creating peace and development. The youth of today should understand national and world events and then counteract the present status quo of war and militarism.

Can youth forge alliances to create global peace systems which can abolish war forever? The opportunity for youth of today are huge to participate in peacebuilding with the help of internet and social media. In the chaos and turmoil around the world today, Vijay Mehta will provide fresh perspective for ending the cycle of violence and war and put forward new ideas  which can be heard, integrated and acted upon at all levels of society for building a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
                                   
For further information, please contact: Fiona Macaulay, Senior Lecturer, Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford

Email - f.macaulay@bradford.ac.uk

APPROACHES TO PEACE - A Book Review by Vijay Mehta

Editor - David P. Barash
Publisher - Oxford University Press, New York (4th Edition, July 2017)
£34.67 (Amazon), 310 pages

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I was pleased to receive a copy of the fourth edition of “Approaches to Peace” from Oxford University Press, New York sent by its editor David P Barash. It is a unique anthology featuring classic and contemporary selections of work on Peace and Conflict Studies.

This highly influential anthology has excellent articles from major works in peace studies by distinguished individuals. It enables us to read, reflect and take action to bring fundamental changes in our society.

To read the full book review, click here

Annual Inter-Faith Event on World Peace in Scotland

Uniting for Peace Coordinator and Inter-Faith Secretary, Rev. Brian Cooper spoke at an Annaul Interfaith event for World Peace at St. Marks Unitarian Church - Edinburgh on 4th July, 2017. The title of his talk was, "Reflections on Peace-Making Now"

To read Rev. Brian Cooper's speech, click here

 

Replies from the UK and Scottish Government to the letter sent regarding 10 Point Plan of Principles and Policies to Counter Terrorism

Uniting for Peace hosted a well attended Spring Conference on ‘Global Terrorism – The Peace Movement Response’ along with PeaceJam. It became an important and timely event as it took place just after Westminster terrorism attack in London. A 10 Point Plan of Principles and Policies to Counter Terrorism from the conference was sent to Prime Minister and offices of other party leaders. We had reply from Rt. Hon. Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State (Home Office) (Security), who commented that Uniting for Peace letter contains some thoughtful recommendations to counter terrorism and extremism and thanked Uniting for Peace, a civil society organisation in advancing unity and peace in the world. A reply from the Scottish Government was given by Victoria Nicholls from the Connected Communities Division, thanking Uniting for Peace for the positive contribution in tackling issues related to terrorism.

To read the full letter from Uniting for Peace, click here

To read the full letter from the UK Government, click here
To read the full letter from the Scottish Government, click here

 

Video of 25th March Spring Conference on Global Terrorism – The Peace Movement Response

Uniting for Peace Annual Inter-Faith Occasion for World Peace - "Inspirations for Peace-Making" on Tuesday 4 July 7:00pm at St. Mark's Unitarian Church, Edinburgh

Uniting for Peace is hosting an Inter-Faith event on 4 July 2017 at the St. Mark's Unitarian Church. The title of the event is "Inspirations for Peace-Making." Distinguished speakers from different faith will speak at the event discussing peace and harmony and spiritual traditions in faiths. The speakers are: Dr. Farshid Namdaran (Zoroastrianism's Early Insights for Peace and Harmony), Rev. Dr. Georgiana Cameron-Gaiduschek (Peace in Celtic Spiritual Tradition), Aurangzeb Haneef (Non-Violence in Islam). The event will also include a Peace Meditation by Sister Louisa Gupta of Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University. Refreshments will be provided after the event.

To view flyer, click here

 

Report of 27th April "Faith, Peace and Global Politics in the Age of President Trump" - Scotland Inter Faith Peace Event

Organised jointly by Uniting for Peace [Scotland Programme, UfP Inter-Faith Peace Work], the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association and the authorities of Annandale Street Mosque, the event venue, and attended by some 70 people,the occasion was opened by Mosque Council member and event co-chair Mr. Mohammed Aslam, who stressed the vital importance of co-operation among the faiths to promote peace. "The three Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Judaism - especially have responsibility to work to bring peace." Rev. Brian Cooper [Churches/ Inter-Faith Secretary UfP] said the event was latest in a series of such joint occasions at the mosque, previous ones being on such issues as 'Clash of Civilisations?', 'Religion and the Arab Spring', 'Understanding ISIS' and 'Globalisation and Faiths'.

To read the full report, click here
To read Rev. Brian Cooper's speech, click here

 

Report of 25th March Spring Conference on Global Terrorism – The Peace Movement Response

Uniting for Peace and PeaceJam hosted a joint Spring Conference on “Global Terrorism – The Peace Movement Response” and attracted over 100 people. A complimentary lunch was served by Uniting for Peace. It was an all day event held at Wesley’s Chapel, London. Although was planned over a year ago, it’s timing was grimly relevant, being held only three days after the Westminster incident.

To read the full report, click here
To read Vijay Mehta's speech, click here
To view the photos of the conference, click here

Report of Southampton Hub Conference on "Small Action, Big Impact" on Saturday 18th February 2017

A conference on Small Action, Big Impact took place at the University of Southampton on Saturday 18th February 2017. It was an all-day conference organised by Alicia Tang of Southampton Hub and the core theme of the conference was sustainable development. There were many presentations on peace, development and environmental concerns and violation of Human Rights.

Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace spoke on 4D for World Peace, 4D standing for Disarmament, Demilitarisation, Development and Democracy. Before Vijay’s lecture, a film, “Change the World,” was shown to the audience. A vibrant Q/A session followed the lecture.

Vijay took lots of literature and books at Southampton and set up a stall in which Shanti and him distributed literatures to students. It was an exciting networking opportunity, discussing the problems and solutions of building a peaceful world.

Report to the talk by Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner at a conference in Winchester organised by PeaceJam

From left to right: Renu Mehta (Founder Fortune Forum), Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Peace Prize Winner), Vijay Mehta (Chair, Uniting for Peace), Jane Rutter (Mayor of Winchester)

On Friday 10th March 2017, Shanti, Renu and Vijay Mehta attended a lecture given by Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee. The lecture was part of a conference hosted by PeaceJam UK. It was a distinguished gathering which included Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of University of Winchester, Jane Rutter, Mayor of Winchester and many distinguished people from different organisations attended the lecture which was followed by a dinner.

In her address, Nobel Laureate alluded that this sense of our common humanity, at its deepest, flows from a mystical experience of ‘Oneness.’ This is why the growth in inner peace is a vital contribution to the peace of the world and why the roots of lasting peace are to be found in the great religious and spiritual traditions of the world. Nonviolence is nurtured by inner peace, unity and spiritual development will lead to universal peace.

To sense the oneness of the human family, the oneness of all life is the well spring of compassion and our commitment to human rights, peace building, non-violence, reverence for all life. Without such a starting point terrorism and wars cannot be contained.

Special thanks to Caroline Millman, Sally Milne and Luke Addison for organising an excellent lecture and the conference. It was a great networking opportunity.

 

Talk by Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Vijay Mehta along with Shanti and Renu are attending a talk and dinner hosted by PeaceJam UK welcoming Leymah Gbowee, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner at The Stripe, University of Winchester on Friday 10th March 2017 from 17:30 to 21:00. This is being followed by a full day conference on Saturday 11th March and Sunday 12th March.

Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work leading a women's peace movement that brought an end to the second Liberian Civil War. To attend the dinner and the conference, please contact: Rebecca Bellamy - rebecca.bellamy@winchester.ac.uk

 

Report of the WEF Conference EU - The Hague 27 - 28 January, 2017

Women Economic Forum hosted a conference on "EU-Reinventing Itself - Women Empowering Inclusive Engagement" in The Hague, Netherlands. Over 200 delegates and speakers from 20 countries participated in over 50 sessions on empowerment of women.

Vijay Mehta presented two sessions at The Hague conference. One on global terrorism and one is on inspiring businesses for peace and sustainability. The global terrorism was a plenary session in which 5 panellists took part and discussed different aspects of extremism, fundamentalism and how to overcome isolation and marginalisation. The inspiring business session was shared with author, Leontine van Hofft. Both the speakers emphasised the fact that the global business should be conducted for global good and it should be inclusive and value driven. Furthermore, it was emphasised that in business, peace and sustainability can be achieved through practicing the path of Ubuntu and inner peace.

A great networking opportunity, meeting people from different parts of the world.

To read Vijay Mehta's speech on terrorism, click here
To read Vijay Mehta's speech on businesses and peace, click here

 

Assam (India) Lecture Tour Report - The Role of India’s North East in Peace and Development

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Vijay Mehta was a keynote speaker at a conference in Guwahati, India on 6th/7th January 2017, organised by FASS UK and India. He was accompanied to India with his wife Shanti Mehta. They were welcomed at the airport by Rini Kakati, Co-ordinator of FASS, her son Vicki and Bobby Sharma, Secretary of FASS, Assam.

The conference titled, “The Role of India’s North East in Peace and Development” was held at Taj Vivanta Hotel, Guwahati, Assam. The conference started with a welcome address and introduction by Rini Kakati convener, who explained the work of FASS and thanked the audience and supporters who attended the meeting at a short notice.

At the conference, Vijay spoke for half an hour covering issues of violence, political unrest and a strategy for peace – dialogue, integration, improvement of Law and Order and a Marshall Plan for development in Assam and the North East.

To read the full report, click here
To read the full speech, click here

11 January 2017 - IPYG Conference

Uniting for Peace Chair, Vijay Mehta spoke at an event at CodeNode London organised by International Peace Youth Group (IPYG). The title of the event was “What Can I Do That Matters – The Progressive Empowerment of Women and Youth”

To read the full report, click here
To read the full speech, click here

 

A Peace and Development Conference in Guwahati, Assam, India

Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace will be one of the speakers at a conference in Guwahati, Assam, India on 7th January 2017. The conference is organised by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters who work for revival of the North East of India. The conference will take place at Taj Vivanta Hotel, Guwahati. In his talk, Vijay Mehta will explore obstacles to peace and development, while outlining ideas and action plans which will provide boost for safety and the growth of the North East region of India.

To read the full speech, click here

 

HOW EUROPE TURNED FROM WAR - Book Review for Vijay Mehta's Peace Beyond Borders

Peter Popham , Resurgence & Ecologist Jan/Feb 2017

The referendum debate last summer over the UK’s membership of the European Union was monopolised by arguments about domestic issues; the international dimension of the question – the possible consequences for world peace of Britain’s staying or leaving – barely got a mention. But if Vijay Mehta is right, the UK’s departure could seriously weaken an organisation that not only has brought peace and democracy at home, but also, in his view, is a model and inspiration for similar forms of supranational cooperation around the world.

To read the full book review, click here

Interfaith event "Globalisation - Faith and Peace"

Brian Cooper, 26 November 2016

WHAT IS GLOBALISATION? By 'globalisation', I understand the worldwide inter-dependence and inter-connectedness - of trade, mass communications, travel, different cultures and many other features of life - which characterises the human community today. In economic terms, globalisation has emerged since the end of the Cold War, with the entrance into the world capitalist system of the ex-Communist states of Russia and Eastern Europe, and Communist China.

To read the full report, click here

 

UNA London and South East Region "Crisis in Syria" event

Around 50 people had gathered at an event in Resource for London Centre in Holloway Road to hear a talk on “Crisis in Syria”

There were two speakers, Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair of Uniting for Peace and Ilaf Moslawy. Vijay Mehta spoke on the “Building Peace in Syria – What Should be done to End Bloodshed.” Ilaf Moslawy spoke on the refugee crisis in Syria and steps we can take to rectify the situation. A vibrant Q/A session followed the presentations.

To read Vijay Mehta’s speech, click here

 

Rev. Brian Cooper's speech at the inter-faith conference "Methods of Establishing Peace in Society"

Organised by Ahmadiyya Muslim Association - Edinburgh & Fife, Saturday 12 November 2016

Friends: I am very grateful to Dr. Abdul Hayee, President of the Edinburgh & Fife Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, and his colleague Mr.H.Rahman, for very kindly inviting me to address this important conference for peace. It is an honour for Uniting for Peace to be involved in this occasion: in UfP, we deeply respect the Ahmadiyya community for its unwavering commitment to peace.

To read the full speech, click here

 

Report of Uniting for Peace Annual Conference, "The New Cold War in Europe" - 25th October 2016, London

A report by Bernie Holland, Uniting for Peace

Our host was The Rt. Hon. Lord McLennan of Rogart, of the Liberal Democratic Party of the United Kingdom, who opened the proceedings by expressing his hope that Britain’s exit from the European Union would not precipitate the collapse of the EU, particularly in regard of the fact that it has been a force for peaceful coexistence since its inception. He continued by further subscribing to the current mainstream narrative which presents Russian President Vladimir Putin as a person who harbours aggressive intentions towards NATO and the Western Powers and whose expansionist ambition should be either directly opposed or contained. This is a view which was to be questioned by some of the subsequent speakers, particularly in respect of the fact that Putin could be regarded as having good reason to view the recent overthrow of the governments of Iraq and Libya as prelude to the perpetration of American foreign policy in respect of its apparent desire to continue this trend in attempting to overthrow the Syrian Government under Bashar al Assad.

To read the full report, click here
To view the photos from the event, click here
To read Marcus Marcus Papadopoulos' speech, click here
To read Vijay Mehta's speech, click here

Report of Annual Erskine Childers Lecture - Building a Culture of Peace in a World of Conflicts - 6th October 2016, London

Left to right: Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Zach Paikin and Vijay Mehta

Around 90 people gathered at Hilton London Euston on 6th October, 2016 to hear Prof. Federico Mayor, Former Director-General of UNESCO speaking on “Building a Culture of Peace in a World of Conflicts.” The event was opened by Uniting for Peace Chair, Vijay Mehta, who welcomed Federico and the audience.

Uniting for Peace was greatly honoured to have Federico Mayor Zaragoza, the President of the Foundation of the Culture of Peace, as the keynote speaker for this Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2016.

In his address, Federico highlighted the history of conflict, particularly the two dreadful world wars that took place during the 20th Century, and of the initiatives that have been attempted in the prevention or resolution of conflict. He cited the example of America which has derailed the negotiations for arriving at multilateral agreements.

To read the full report, click here
To view photos from the event, click here
To read Federico Mayor's transcript, click here

Report of “Britain and Brexit: Impact on World Peace” - Edinburgh 2016

On 20th September, a beautiful warm day, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre and Uniting for Peace co-organised an event at Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh. The title of the meeting was “Britain and Brexit: Impact on World Peace.” The meeting was opened by the Chair, Arthur Chapman.

To read the full review, click here
To read Vijay Mehta's speech, click here
To read Rob Perkins's speech, click here; presentation, click here
To read Brian Cooper's speech, click here
To read Thomas Daffern's report, click here

Sunday Times mentions Uniting for Peace

We invite you to visit Uniting for Peace stand at the Labour Party Conference 2016 which is taking place from 25th - 28th September in Liverpool. Uniting for Peace stand number is 231. You will be pleased to know in Sunday Times 4th September Uniting for Peace was mentioned along with other organisations. The article on the sunday times is below:

This is the paragraph where Uniting for Peace is mentioned:

“However, Stop the War, the hard left group accused of intimidating Labour MPs over military action against ISIS in Syria, will have an exhibition stand along with the Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Coalition and disarmament campaign group Uniting for Peace”


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If you have online subscription of The Sunday Times then you can read the article here which appeared on Sunday 4th September, 2016

Are you feeling safe? Measuring and reporting perceived levels of safety of children affected by armed conflict

In my experience it is quite rare, especially in a conflict affected country, that aid organisations ask children directly what their problems are and what change they want to see – let alone deliver it in a way which involves children.

War Child UK is using an approach that tries to rectify this. It asks children to score how safe they feel at home, at school and in their communities using a child-friendly rating scale. These findings are analysed and the child’s recom­mendations for change are consolidated and exhibited in a Child Safety Report Card (CSRC). I have seen first-hand what an empowering process this is for children, as it provides them with an opportunity to speak up and influence change.

Read full article here

Screening of "A Bold Peace"

A not to miss powerful film, “A Bold Peace” which focuses on Costa Rica’s experiment in living without a military for 65 years and redirected the resources to education, healthcare, jobs, environment etc. It tells a touching story of demilitarisation, International Law and other vital concerns using the Costa Rican model.

Location: Empire Cinema, Walthamstow, 267 High Street, The Scene, Walthamstow, E17 7LD, London

Time & Date: Tuesday, 6th September at 19:00

More details: www.aboldpeace.com

 

Uniting for Peace Newsletter August 2016 - Issue 16

Uniting for Peace August newsletter has a report of the Pre Referendum debate on Europe which includes speeches by eminent MEPs, Richard Howitt, Jean Lambert and former MEP Patricia McKenna.

The issue also includes a review of Vijay Mehta’s book Peace Beyond borders by Bernie Holland and discussion of an event, “Faiths for World Peace” in Edinburgh

To read the full newsletter click here

The Sunday Mail features "Vote Peace" with Vijay Mehta's interview

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On 19th June 2016, The Sunday Mail featured “Vote Peace” in which Mark Aitken, Political Editor interviewed Vijay Mehta, author of “Peace Beyond Borders”. For the full article of the interview please click here.

Report of 15th June event - Rebuilding Europe's Future: UK IN or OUT"

 

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Report by Bernie Holland, Member of Uniting for Peace Executive Committee

With regard to the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the European Union, it is regretful that the sharp controversy over whether we should leave or remain in the EU has been rendered into even sharper chiaroscuro by recent tragic events, the perpetrators of which have only one aim, that being to create division and disharmony within society. In this respect, it is  remarkable that the conference held at the Euston Hilton on 15th June presented a cross section of humanity who, despite the polarity of views passionately held, saw it fit to conduct the entire proceedings in a spirit of friendship and magnanimity. Such creditable values are in stark contrast with the attitudes of those who primarily seek to present others as the villain of the peace. Thankfully this conference allowed free expression of the views of all concerned here, even if it were to emerge that, of the nine speakers sitting on the panel, six  were advocating a vote to ‘remain’ whilst only three were in favour of the UK extricating itself from the perceived shackles of the European Union.

Click here to read the full report

Click here to read Vijay Mehta's speech

Click here to view photos of the event

Middle East Conflicts, Impact on Europe and Prospects for World Peace - Leamington Spa - 21 May 2016

On Saturday 21 May, 2016, Warwick District UN Association invited Uniting for Peace Chair Vijay Mehta to speak on Middle East Conflicts, Impact on Europe and Prospects for World Peace at Leamington Baptists Church in Leamington Spa. It was a luncheon meeting from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. It started with a refreshments and lunch for all the delegates attending the meeting.

Click here to read the full report

Click here to read Vijay Mehta's speech

 

Faith Together for a Better World - Eastbourne - 17 May 2016 Report

On Tuesday 17th May, World Congress of Faith celebrated a special 80th anniversary event at the Congress Suite, Eastbourne. Distinguished speakers included Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Sheik Dr. Hojjart Ramzy, Vijay Mehta and Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke. It was a well attended meeting and ably chaired by Michael Harris. There was a vibrant Q/A session and a musical interlude from the International Voice Orchestra (choir).

The event went on till 10:00pm with a break inbetween. It was a great opportunity for networking with distinguished speakers and audience from different faiths.

Click here for to read Vijay Mehta’s full speech

 

Rebuilding Europe's Future: UK IN or OUT?

“Rebuilding Europe’s Future – UK IN or OUT?” will be held in the Hilton London Euston on Wednesday, 15th June 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Rita Payne, President Emeritus of the Commonwealth Journalists Association will be the Chair of the event.

This event will give high profile speakers from both sides of the debate an opportunity to make their case for whether the UK is better off staying in or leaving the EU.

At present Europe is in crisis with rising inequality, refugees, and increasing terrorism on European soil. Uniting for Peace’s latest campaign Europe for Peace highlights the dangers to peace and stability that a disintegrating EU would present. We invite our distinguished speakers to give their arguments on what is best for the UK and Europe in this climate of fear and uncertainty.

Please email Vijay Mehta vijay@vmpeace.org to register for the event or call 0207 791 1717

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Uniting for Peace Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2016

We are pleased to annoucne that Uniting for Peace is hosting Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2016 this October. The keynote speaker of this year's lecture is Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Former Director-General of UNESCO and the title of his talk is “Building a Culture of Peace in a World of Conflicts” The lecture will focus on how can we end violence and wars and establish Culture of Peace and an equitable international order following UN Chartar goals. It will be held at Hilton London Euston, 18:30 - 21:00. The date is yet to be confirmed, but it will be either 6th October or 10th October. Please email vijay@vmpeace.org for more information.

 

First European Peace Summit Report - Budapest April 2016

I was privileged to be invited as a keynote speaker at the 1st European Peace Summit at the prestigious newly built European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary, from 4 to 7 April, under the theme of 'Connecting Minds - Unleashing Potential'. Well organised by the World Peace Initiative [WPI], it brought together over 100 delegates from across Europe, with an encouragingly large presence of youth and students.
Plenary sessions, workshops, exercises, meditation and panel discussions examined the theme. Some of the workshops explored the art of hosting in peacebuilding, meditation, inner conflicts transformation, conscious leadership and digital media, with very good ones on 'Empathy and Consciousness' and 'Development and Social Change'. Full report

Click here for Vijay Mehta's speech given at European Peace Summit

 

Only non-military solutions can end the conflict in Iraq

On 12th April the All Party Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity hosted an event “Update on Iraq” at Portcullis House, House of Commons chaired by Dave Anderson MP. The other speakers included Lord Ken Maginnis, Ian Lavery MP, Ann Clwyd MP, Abdullah Muhsin (NASWT International Officer), Hashim Alhashimi (Iraqi Democratic Movement UK), Salih Husain Al-Tamimi (Iraqi Ambassador to the UK), Saundar Satterlee (TWS) and Vijay Mehta of Uniting for Peace. The event was organised by Mushtaq Lasharie, Chairman of Third World Solidarity. Read More

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All Party Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity

Third world parliamentary is hosting a public conference at the House of Commons on 12th April, 2016 from 18:00 - 20:00. The conference will take place at Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, SW1 2LW. The conference title is "Update on Iraq." Uniting for Peace Chair Vijay Mehta has been invited to be a speaker at the conference. The other speakers are:

Ian Lavery MP, Shadown Minister for Trade Union, Ann Clwyd MP, Mr Abdullah Muhsin, NASWT International Officer, Mr Hashim Alhashimi, Iraqi Democratic Movement-UK, Ms. Saunder Satterlee, TWS.

For further information and to register for the conference, please contact: dave.anderson.mp@parliament.uk or tws123@hotmail.co.uk

An interview with Vijay Mehta on "European Peace Summit"

Vijay Mehta, chair of Uniting for Peace, travelling to Budapest to give a talk on Inner Peace to Global Peace at the European Peace SUmmit in Budapest, Hungary on 4th April - 7th April 2016. Please view the teaser about what he is going to speak. The full speech will be available after the conference. Please find the video below and more information about the conference:

Click here for Vijay Mehta's speech given at European Peace Summit

Website: european.peacesummit.net

Report of Uniting for Peace AGM and Spring Conference 5th March 2016

At the venue of Wesley's Chapel, Uniting for Peace AGM and Spring Conference took place on Saturday, 5th March 2016. The morning session was chaired by Brian Cooper. In this session, the audience heard several reports including the Chair, Co-ordinator and Inter-faith, Treasurer. Election of the committee for the 2016-2017 took place. There was an open discussion in which the members and supporters of Uniting for Peace gave suggestions for future work.

A complimentary lunch was served to members, supporters and speakers.

In the afternoon session, conference on Middle East Conflicts, Impact on Europe and Prospects for World Peace took place chaired by Vijay Mehta. Distinguished speakers including Humphrey Hawksley, BBC Foreign Correspondent, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Former Pakistani High Commissioner to London, Prof. Philip Marfleet, Director for Centre for Research on Migration, UEL, Dr. Halla Diyab, author and TV presenter, Mohsin Abbas, Director of Arts Versa productions, Vijay Mehta, author and Chair, Uniting for Peace and Brian Cooper, Co-ordinator and Interfaith Secretary for Uniting for Peace gave valuable contributions on the Middle East crisis and what steps we need to take to rectify the situation. A vibrant Q/A session followed. A highly successful gathering in which the audience networked with each other. A full report will be published in the next Uniting for Peace Newsletter.

Please read Vijay Mehta's speech here

 

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An interview with Vijay Mehta on "Europe for Peace" campaign

In the interview, Vijay Mehta advocates for UK to stay in European Union in the upcoming referendum of 23rd June 2016 for not only peace and prosperity which membership of the European Union has brought, but also for UK to play a leading role for reforms of the European Union.

 

To know more about the campaign, please visit : www.europeforpeace.org.uk

"Europe for Peace" campaign website launched

Uniting for Peace is pleased to announce the launch of the "Europe for Peace" campaign website. Because of the imminent referendum on 23rd June 2016, your valuable comments will be appreciated so that we can keep improving it and appeal to wider audience. We need to spread the word across as far as possible.

Please visit the website here: www.europeforpeace.org.uk

 

Uniting for Peace is Supporting PeaceJam Annual Youth Conference 2016

Uniting for Peace is supporting PeaceJam Annual youth conference 2016. At the University of Winchester, on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016, PeaceJam UK are hosting their annual youth conference. Nobel Peace laureates Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum will be the keynote speakers for the conference. All Welcome. For further details please contact Conference Coordinator: winchester@peacejam.org

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1,473 Notable Peacemakers Throughout History

Uniting for Peace Chair Vijay Mehta and Founder of Fortune Forum Charity Renu Mehta daughter of Vijay Mehta are among the 1,473 notable peacemakers throughout history.

Please open the link to see the 1,473 peacemakers

 

117 Peace Philanthropists around the world

Vijay Mehta Chair of Uniting for Peace and Renu Mehta Founder of Fortune Forum Charity, daughter of Vijay Mehta are among the 117 Peace Philanthropists around the world

Please open this link to see the 117 Peace Philanthropists

 



UPCOMING EVENTS 2018



10
Mar

Can We Unite for Peace?
Building Citizen Power for Change

Uniting for Peace AGM and Spring Conference

Date:
Saturday, 10 March 2018

Time:
AGM 10:30 - 11:45
Conference 12:00 - 17:00

Venue:
Wesley’s Chapel, 49 City Road
London EC1Y 1AU
Nearest Tube Station: Old Street

Speakers:
A list of distinguished speakers to be announced

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Contact:
Uniting for Peace
Vijay Mehta - vijay@vmpeace.org
Brian Cooper - 0131 446 9545

 



PAST EVENTS 2017



25
Nov

World Religions for Peace

Conference by Uniting for Peace

Date:
Saturday, 25 November 2017

Time:
10:30 - 16:30

Venue:
Wesley’s Chapel, 49 City Road
London EC1Y 1AU

Speakers:
Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths
Imam Monawar Hussain, The Oxford Foundation
Roy Sutherwood, Director of Jamyang Buddhist Centre and
Mark Owen, Director, Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace
Jacqui Daukes ,Partnerships Manager, Initiatives of Change UK
Anna Lubelska, Founder and Coordinator, the Peaceful Schools Movement
Natubhai Shah, Chair / CEO Jain Network
Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace

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Contact:
Uniting for Peace
Vijay Mehta - vijay@vmpeace.org
Brian Cooper - 0131 446 9545

 


12
Oct

Can UN Build a Peaceful World?
To Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War

Conference by Uniting for Peace

Date:
Thursday, 12 October 2017

Time:
18:30 - 21:00

Venue:
Hilton London Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT

Speakers:
Fabian Hamilton MP, Labour Shadow Peace & Disarmament Minister (invited)
Humphrey Hawksley, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Breines Ingeborg, Former Director of UNESCO and Former Co-President of IPB
Natalie Samarasinghe,
Executive Director of UNA UK (invited)
Vijay Mehta, Chair, UfP, Author, “Peace Beyond Borders”
Brian Cooper, Co-Ordinator and Inter-Faith Secretary, UfP
Luke Addison, PeaceJam, Rotaract and Model UN UK Representative

Chair:
Rita Payne, President Emeritus, Commonwealth Jounralists Association

Contact:
Uniting for Peace
Vijay Mehta - vijay@vmpeace.org
Brian Cooper - 0131 446 9545

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21
Sept

Oldham Inaugural Peace Day Lecture

A lecture organised by Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum

Date:
Thursday, 21 September 2017

Time:
18:00 - 20:00

Venue:
Performance Space, Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street
Oldham OL1 1AL

Keynote Speaker:
Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

Contact:
Richard Outram - richard.outram2@oldham.gov.uk

 


4
July

Annual Interfaith Occasion for World Peace - "Inspirations for Peace-Making"

An Inter-Faith event in Edinburgh hosted by Uniting for Peace

Date:
Tuesday, 4th July 2017

Time:
19:00

Venue:
St Mark's Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2DP

Speakers:
Dr Farshid Namdaran, Rev. Dr. Georgiana Cameron-Gaiduschek, Aurangzeb Haneef

Contact:
Rev. Brian Cooper
0131 446 9545

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27
Jun

Beyond Group Allegiances:
Towards a Common Humanity

A conference organised by Initiatives of Change and supported by Uniting for Peace and PeaceJam

Date:
Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Time:
19:00 - 20:45
(18:30 refreshments)

Venue:
24 Greencoat Place, London
SW1P 1RD

Speakers:
Letlapa Mphahlele, former South African liberation army commander, and protagonist in the award-winning film Beyond Forgiving
Dr. Imad Karam, Director of the film Beyond Forgiving

Contact:
For RSVP: Call 020 7798 6000 or email reception@london.iofc.org

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12
Jun

Brexit, Rise of Populism and Trumpism: Is a Better World Possible?

[Event Cancelled due to General Election]


25
Mar

Global Terrorism: Peace Movement Response

Joint conference by Uniting for Peace and PeaceJam

Date:
Saturday, 25 March 2017

Time:
Uniting for Peace AGM - 10:30 - 12:00
Spring Conference - 12:00 - 17:00

Venue:
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road
London WC1H 0HT
Nearest tube station: Old Street

Speakers:
Ambassador Claus Grube, Danish Ambassador to the UK
Humphrey Hawksley, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Peter Price, Chair of Conciliation Resources, former Bishop of Bath
Fiona Macaulay, Director, PeaceJam UK, Senior Lecturer, University of Bradford
Makram Khoury-Machool, Founding Director, European Centre for the Study of Extremism, Cambridge
Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

Contact:
Uniting for Peace
Vijay Mehta - vijay@vmpeace.org
Brian Cooper - 0131 446 9545
PeaceJam
Caroline Millman - unitedkingdom@peacejam.org

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18
Mar

Is Peace Possible

Date:
Saturday, 18 March 2017

Time:
16:00 - 18:00

Venue:
44, West Road, Stratford, London E15 3PY

Keynote Speaker :
Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

Contact:
Dipak Basu
dipakbasu1@yahoo.co.uk

 


10 - 12
Mar

Dinner with Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

A Dinner and Conference hosted by PeaceJam UK

Date:
Friday, 10 March 2017
Conference and Dinner - 17:30 - 21:00
Saturday, 11 March 2017 [all day]
Sunday, 12 March 2017 [all day]

Venue:
The Stripe, University of Winchester

Keynote Speaker :
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Contact:
Rebecca Bellamy - rebecca.bellamy@winchester.ac.uk
www.peacejam.org.uk


18
Feb

Small Action, Big Impact

A conference hosted by Southampton Hub, University of Southampton

Date:
Saturday, 18 February 2017

Time:
Uniting for Peace AGM - 10:00 - 17:00

Venue:
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, University Road, Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Southampton Hub has invited Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace for a talk at the conference on 18th February 2017. The film "Change the World" will be screened followed by Vijay's speech on 4D for World Peace.

Contact:
Alicia Tang - idc@southamptonhub.org


 

31 Jan to
2 Feb

Awakening the Power Within: The Way Forward for UK

Major Conference organised by Women Economic Forum

Date:
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 to
Thursday, 2 February 2017

Time:
All Day

Venue:
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
4a Castletown Road,
West Kensington,
London W14 9HE
United Kingdom

Contact:
www.wef.org.in
WEF UK - wefuk@wef.org.in
Pooja Rani - pooja.rani@wef.org.in

Uniting for Peace Chair, Vijay Mehta is speaking on a session:

Thursday 2 February15:15 - 16:15 on "Being open while addressing threats of terror and security concerns"

 


27 -28
Jan

EU-Reinventing Itself - Women Empowering Inclusive Engagement

Major Conference organised by Women Economic Forum

Date:
Friday, 27 January 2017 to
Saturday, 28 January 2017

Time:
All Day

Venue:
World Forum
Churchillplein 10
2517 JW The Hague
The Netherlands

Contact:
www.wef.org.in
WEF EU - wefeu@wef.org.in
Ms Sukai Ceesay - sukai.ceesay@aall.in

Uniting for Peace Chair, Vijay Mehta is speaking on two sessions:

Friday 27 Jan uary 13:30 - 14:30 on "EU - Being open while addressing threats of terror and security concerns" and Saturday 28 January 10:00 - 11:00 on "Inspiring Businesses for Peace & Sustainability: Through the way as of Ubuntu & Inner Peace"

 


11
Jan

Legislate Peace: What Can I do that Matters?

A conference organised by International Peace Youth Group (IPYG)

Date:
Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Time:
18:30 - 21:00

Venue:
To be decided

Speakers:
Vijay Mehta, Author & Chair, Uniting for Peace
Tom Franklin, CEO, Citizenship Foundation
Adam Fouracre, CEO, Stand Against Violence
A representative from Peace Party

Contact:
Charles Ajidahun
uk@ipyg.org

 



PAST EVENT 2016



 

7
Dec

Reforming the United Nations in the 21st Century

A meeting organised by SOAS United Nations Association

Date:
Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Time:
19:00 - 21:00

Venue:
SOAS University of London (Main Building)
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG

Keynote Speaker:
Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

Contact:
SOAS UNA
un.soc@soas.ac.uk

 


 

19
Nov

An event on Crisis in Syria

Organised by UNA London and South East Region

Date:
Saturday, 19th November

Time:
AGM 13:30 - 14:45
Tea 14:45 - 15:00
Talk 15:00 - 16:30

Venue:
Resource for London Centre
356 Holloway Road, London
N7 6PA

Contact:
Catherine Pluygers: catherinepluygers@hotmail.com

Speakers:

Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace
Ilaf Moslawy, University of Southampton

 


 

20
Oct

Peace is Possible Conference - JCI Southampton

Organised by JCI Southampton and UfP Chair Vijay Mehta is one of the speakers

Date:
Thursday, 20 Spetmber 2016

Time:
17:30 - 21:00

Venue:
Solent Students' Union, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0NF

Contact:
JCI Southampton
info@jcisouthampton.co.uk

More details:
https://goo.gl/wtccYa

 


 

25
Oct

The New Cold War In Europe

Uniting for Peace Annual Conference

Panel Speakers :
Lord Maclennan, Former Leader of Lib Dem
Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham
Alexey Stepanov, Senior Diplomat, Russian Embassy
Humphrey Hawksley, Author, Foreign Correspondent for BBC
Vijay Mehta, Author, Chair, Uniting for Peace

Date:
Tuesday 25 October 2016

Time:
18:00 - 20:45

Venue:
House of Lords, Room 4A, London SW1A 0PW

Contact:
Vijay Mehta
vijay@vmpeace.org
Brian Cooper (Scotland Office)
0131 446 9545

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6
Oct

Building a Culture of Peace in a World of Conflcits

Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2016

Keynote Speaker :
Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Former-Director General UNESCO

Date:
Thursday 06 October 2016

Time:
18:30 - 20:30

Venue:
Hilton London Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT

Contact:
Vijay Mehta
vijay@vmpeace.org

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20
Sept

Britain and Brexit:
Impact on World Peace
and
Book Launch - Peace Beyond Borders
- Edinburgh, Scotland

Organised by Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre and Uniting for Peeace

Speakers :
Vijay Mehta: Peace Beyond Borders - Key Themes
Brian Cooper: What Future for Euro-Idealism
Brian Larkin: Europe and the Arms Trade

Date:
Tuesday 20 September 2016

Time:
19:00 - 21:00

Venue:
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 2JL

Contact:
Vijay Mehta
vijay@vmpeace.org
Brian Larkin
coordinator@peaceandjustice.org.uk
Brian Cooper
0131 446 9545

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16
Sept

Commemorating Dr Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011)

Organised by Nehru Centre and Assam Co-ordinator for UK

Guests:
Dr. Virander Paul: Deputy High Commissioner of India
Lord Sheikh,
Sankar Prosad Kakoti Bora: Regional Director, indian Council for Cultural Relations

Date:
Friday 16 September 2016

Time:
18:30 Start

Venue:
The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street,
London W1K 1HF, United Kingdom

Contact:
Rini Kakati
rinikakati@hotmail.com
Tel:
0208 961 3446
Mobile:
07932566226

 


15
June

Rebuilding Europe's Future - UK IN or OUT?

Organised by Uniting for Peace

Date:
Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Time:
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Venue:
London Hilton Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT

Speakers:
Richard Howitt, Labour MEP, Jean Lambert, Green MEP, Mark Stephens CBE, Human Rights Lawyer, Louise Rowntree, Lobbyist and Media, Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair Uniting for Peace, James Brazier, Researcher and Writer, Brian Cooper, Co-ordinator and Interfaith Secretary, Uniting for Peace

Chair:
Rita Payne, Emeritus President, Commonwealth Journalists Association

Contact:
Vijay Mehta
vijay@vmpeace.org

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21
May

Middle East Conflicts: Impact on Europe, Prospects for World Peace

Organised by Warwick District UNA

Date:
Saturday 21 May 2016

Time:
12:00pm - 2:15pm

Venue:
The Leamington Baptist Church (Warwick Room), Chandos Street, Leamington Spa CV324RN

Contact:
Gian Clare
gianclareuna@gmail.com


17
May

Bringing Faiths Together Throughout the World

Celebrating 80th Anniversary of the Founding of the World Congress of Faiths

Date:
Tuesday 17 May 2016

Time:
6:15 pm

Venue:
Congress Suite, adjoining Winter Gardens, Devonshire Park, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4BP

Contact:
Marcus Braybrooke
marcus.braybk@btinternet.com


12
Apr

Update on Iraq

Speakers:
Ian Lavery MP, Ann Clwyd MP, Abdullah Muhsin, Mr Hashim Alhashimi, Ms Saundar Satterlee, Vijay Mehta

Date:
12 April 2016

Time:
18:00 - 20:00

Venue:
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
House of Commons
Bridge Street SW1 2LW

Contact:
dave.anderson.mp@parliament.uk
tws123@hotmail.co.uk


4 - 7
Apr

European Peace Summit
Inner Peace to Global Peace

Keynote Speaker:
Vijay Mehta

Date:
4 - 7 April 2016

Time:
All day conference

Venue:
European Youth Centre,
Budapest
Hungary

Contact:
Karolina Mazetyte
applications-EPS@peacesummit.net


12th, 13th
March

PeaceJam Winchester Conference

Speakers:
Rigoberta Menchu Tum
Jodie Williams

Venue:
University of Winchester

Contact:
Conference Coordinator
winchester@peacejam.org
or
Luke Addison
addi_570@hotmail.com

 


5
Mar

Uniting for Peace AGM and Spring Conference

Middle East Conflicts, its impact on Europe and World Peace

Date:
Saturday 5th March 2016

Time:
10:30 - 12:30 [AGM]
13:30 - 16:30 [Spring Conference]

Venue:
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road,
London EC1Y 1AU

Contact:
Vijay Mehta: vijay@vmpeace.org
Phone: 0207 791 1717
Brain Cooper: 0131 446 9545

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2015 Events

4
Dec

Event Hosted by Global Diversity
Peace Centre London

Global Crisis and Building Culture of Peace

Keynote Speaker:
Vijay Mehta

Date:
Friday 4 December 2015

Time:
Starts 4pm

Venue:
Mist Lounge (Peace Hall)
85 - 87 Woodgrange Road
London E7 0EP

Contact:
M.S. Elahi
email: mselahi4peace@gmail.com

 


 

9
Nov

Uniting for Peace Annual Conference

Britain IN/OUT of EU

What is Best for Peace ?

 

Speakers:

- Lord Maclennan of Rogart, Former Lib Dem Leader

Brendan Donnelly, Director, Federal Trust, Former MEP

Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London region

Lord Roger Liddle, Author of "The Europe Dilema'

Vijay Mehta, Chair, UfP, Author, "Exporting Europe's Peace"

- John Redwood, Conservative MP for Wokingham

- Steven Woolfe, UKIP MEP North West England region


- Rev. Philip Foster, is an author and UKIP supporter since 1998

Chair - Rita Payne, President, Commonwealth Journalist Association

 

Date:
Monday 9th November 2015

Time: 
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue:
Room 4a
House of Lords
London SW1A

Contact:
Vijay Mehta
vijay@vmpeace.org | Tel: 0207 791 1717

Brian Cooper | Tel: 0131 446 9545


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Oct

Quakers in York
-------------
Talking of Peace

Invitation to the 4th series of Peace Talks
Thursdays in Autumn 2015

 

Time: 7.30 - 9.00 pm

Venue:
Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL

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9
Oct

"CREATING A WORKABLE WORLD" Conference

Date & Time: Friday, OCTOBER 9th 3:30 – 6:00pm and
Saturday, OCTOBER 10th 8:30am – 5:45pm

Venue: 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact: Susan Zipp
suezipp@mnc.org

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24
Sept

Event hosted by: Brookes Union

Can We Abolish War and Build Peace
Screening of “Change the World” and a book discussion on “The Economics of Killing” by Vijay Mehta

Date: Thursday 24 September 2015

Time: 6pm Start

Venue:
The Boardroom
Harcourt Hill Campus, Westminster College, Oxford Brookes University Oxford OX2 9AT

Contact:
Dara
oxfordopendiscussionnetwork@gmail.com

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23
Sept

Uniting for peace

Annual Erskine Childers Lecture - 2015

"UN at 70 - What Prospects for Peace ?"


Keynote Speaker:
Clare Short
Former UK Minister for International Development

Date:
Wednesday 23rd September

Time:
6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Venue:
HILTON LONDON EUSTON
17-18 Upper Woburn Place
WC1H 0HT
London

Contact:
Vijay Mehta: vijay@vmpeace.org

Phone: 0207 791 1717  


Brain Cooper: 0131 446 9545

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21
Sept

Uniting for Peace
September Peace Days 2015

For Further information please contact:
Rev. Brian Cooper - 144/1 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh EH9 2AN

Read full list of events for PeaceMaking Sunday and UN International day of Peace


20
Sept

Peace Sunday

Activities & sermon ideas

Fellowship of Reconcilliation
Nonviolence in Action

For Further information please contact
Emma Anthony on emma@for.org.uk

View Peace Sunday Resource

 


 

16
July

‘Sowing the Whirlwind’: Nuclear Politics and the Historical Record

Date:
Thursday 16th July

Time:
10:00-18:00

Venue:
The Chancellor's Hall
(Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Contact:
davidwardrop6@gmail.com

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23
May

Surviving the 21st Century - Global Challenges, Threats and Prospects for Peace

Date:
Saturday 23rd May, 2015

Time:
10:30 - 12:30
13:00 - 17:00

Venue:
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road,
London EC1Y 1AU

Contact:
Vijay Mehta: vijay@vmpeace.org
Phone: 0207 790 1999
Brain Cooper: 0131 446 9545

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21
March

Britain's Global Role in a Changing World

Date:
Saturday 21 March, 2015

Time:
10:30 - 12:30 [AGM]
13:30 - 16:30 [Spring Conference]

Venue:
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road,
London EC1Y 1AU

Contact:
Vijay Mehta: vijay@vmpeace.org
Phone: 0207 790 1999
Brain Cooper: 0131 446 9545


 

30
Jan

Surviving the 21st Century

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion 'How the West Fuels War and Poverty' organised by Birkbeck Open Discussion Society event

Author and Keynote Speaker:
Vijay Mehta

Date: Friday, 30th January 2015

Time: 7:00pm start

Venue:
Birkbeck Open Discussion, Society, Room 101, 30 Russell Square, WC1B 5DP

Contact:
Alberto De Cruz: aldicruise@hotmail.com
Shaeen RA: shn@email.com

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2014 Events

25
Nov

Uniting for Peace Annual Conference

Date: Tuesday 25 November

Time: 6.00 pm - 8.30 pm

Venue: House of Lords, Room 4a

Theme
Who rules the world ?


Flash points and power rivalries from Europe to Far East


Contact: for further information contact Vijay Mehta at vijay@vmpeace.org

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Just after the conference there will be book launch and wine reception

Ukraine's Long Road to the EU

by Luckhsan Abeysuria
luckshanabey@outlook.com

Venue:
Westminister Arms
Wine bar (downstairs)
9 & 10 Storey Gate, London SW1P 3AT
(opposite to Queen Elizabeth II Conference centre)


Global Threats & Global Prospects -
Faith Reflections for World Peace

Date:
Friday 5 December, 2014

Time:
7.15 - 9.15pm

Venue:
Annandale Street Mosque -
Edinburgh

Contact:
Rev.B.Cooper
144/1 Whitehouse Loan
Edinburgh
EH9 2AN

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9
Oct

Uniting for peace

Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2014

The Human Right to Peace

Foundation for a Just International Order

Keynote Speaker:
Alfred de Zayas
United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur

Date: Thursday 9th October

Time: 18:00 - 20:30

Venue:
Hilton London Euston
17-18 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H OHT

Contact: Vijay Mehta
vijay@vmpeace.org

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27
Sept

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion 'How the West Fuels War and Poverty' organised by UNA Bexhill and Hastings

Keynote Speaker:
Vijay Mehta

Date: Saturday, 27th September, 2014

Time: Starts 10:30am

Venue:
Meeting Room,
Parkhurst Hall
Parkhurst Road
Bexhill
East Sussex
TN39 3JA
UK

Contact: Linda Bailey
lrbailey@sky.com


 

15
Sept

UNA Putney and Roehampton

The UN Security Council - how it works and is it time for reform ?

Speakers:
Vijay Mehta
David Wardrop

Date: Monday 15th September, 2014

Time: 7.30 pm start

Venue: Putney Methodist Church
Gwendolen Ave, London SW15 6SN

Contact: Robert Storey
storeyw@aol.com


 

25
June

Moving Towards Peace in the Middle East and North Africa

Date: Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Time: 6 pm start

Venue:
The Dorchester
53 Park Lane
Mayfair
London W1K 1QA

Contact:

Nadeem Chibbar:
07466 392 961
Email: ngbr@iandalus.com

Vijay Mehta:
07776 231 018
Email: vijay@vmpeace.org

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29
Mar

A New Momentum for Peace - No Syria Intervention - What Next?

UK's Ethical Foreign Policy - After No War on Syria can soft power prevail ?

Saturday 29 March

Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm


Venue: Wesley’s Chapel
49 City Road
London EC1Y 1AU

Contact: info@unitingforpeace.com

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27
Mar

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion and screening of the Film 'Change the World' organised by Cardiff and District UNA

Date:
Thursday 27 March

Time:
7 pm start

Venue:
Temple of Peace,
King Edward VII Avenue,
Cardiff,
South Glamorgan
CF10 3AP

Contact:

Robin Attfield AttfieldR@cardiff.ac.uk


 

4
Mar

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion and screening of the film 'Change the World' organised by University of Liverpool

Date: Tuesday 4 March 2014

Time: 3.30 - 5.00 pm

Venue: TBC

Contact: Dr Philip Leech
philip.leech@liverpool.ac.uk


27
Feb

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion and screening of the film 'Change the World' organised by Manchester Model United Nations Society

Date: Thursday 27 February

Time: starts 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Venue:
University of Manchester
University Place, Room 1.218,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M13 9PL

Contact: Heena Mohammed
heena.mohammed@student.manchester.ac.uk


 

18
Feb

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Clare Politics, Clare College, Cambridge

Date: Tuesday 18 February

Time: Starts 8 pm

Venue: Clare College, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TL

Contact: Adam Terry
ajt84@cam.ac.uk


 

13
Feb

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by North Staffordshire UNA Youth

Date: Thursday 13 February

Time: Starts at 4 pm

Venue: Newcastle Under Lyme School, Mount Pleasant, Newcastle Under Lyme, ST5 1DB

Contact: Reece Edmonds
redmonds1994@gmail.com


30
Jan

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by UN Society at SOAS

Date: Thursday 30 January

Time: Starts at 6.00 pm

Venue: Room No. VG06, Vernon Square Campus, SOAS, London WC1X 9EW

Contact: Rahim Lakhani
573943@soas.ac.uk


23
Jan

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by University of Westminister Department of Politics and International Relations

Date: Thursaday 23 January

Time: Starts 6.00 pm

Venue: 32 - 38 Well Street, London, W1T 3UW (Top floor)

Contact: Aidan Hehir a.hehir@westminister.ac.uk


 

5 - 7
Jan

Towards a Nonviolent Future: Seeking Realistic Models for Peaceful Co-existence and Sustainablity organised by Anuvrat Global Organisation (Anuvibha)
Jaipur, India

Anuvibha Jaipur Kendra, Opposite Gaurav Tower, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur, India

Contact:
S L Gandhi
slgandhi@hotmail.com

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2013 Past Events

04
Dec

Race, Faith and World Peace

Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Venue: Hilton London Euston
17-18 Upper Woburn Palace
London WC1H 0HT

Distinguished speakers:

Contact:
Vijay Mehta - vijay@vmpeace.org
0207 377 2111

Brain Cooper: 0131 446 9545

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02
Dec

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by The Grimshaw Club.

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Venue: London School of Economics, The LSESU Grimshaw International Relations Club, Clement House 2.02

Contact: Valerie Tang
E-mail: V.W.Tang@lse.ac.uk

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25
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by UNA Gloucestershire County & Quaker Peace Group

Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Venue: Cheltenham Friends Meeting House, Cheltenham Gloucestershire

Contact: Christopher Dickenson,
+44 (0)1242 870260
, Alison Crane sowsider@yahoo.co.uk

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21
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by DEVsoc and PSI society

Time: 7.00 pm

Venue: Arts 01.02 (a lecture theatre) on UEA (University of East Anglia) campus, Norwich Research Park, Norwich

Contact: Louisa Fenwick
Louisa.Fenwick@uea.ac.uk


20
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by Tavistock Peace Action Group

Time: 19:30 Start

Venue: Tavistock United Reformed Church, Russell St, Tavistock
Devon PL19 8BD

Contact: Ginny Davies
z200@onetel.com

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14
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by London Metropolitian University

Time: 2 - 4 pm

Venue: Calcutta House, CM4-2 Old Castle Street, E1 7NT

Contact: Please contact Tiffany at: munlondonmet@gmail.com


13 - 25
Nov

UNA Westminister Hosting Film Festival

Time, venue details and synopses
www.wethepeoples.org.uk

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For further details contact:
David Wardrop, e-mail: davidwardrop@bulldoghome.com


13
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by The York University Green Party

Time: 18:30 Start

Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing

Venue: V/N/123 Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 5DD

Contact: Alfie Van den Bos - politics@theyorker.co.uk


12
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by RUHL, Diplomatic Society

Time: 18:00 start

Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing

Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey (Room to be decided, please email Maria for details)

Contact: Maria Rodriguez Schaap - dipsoc@gmail.com


07
Nov

Unting for Peace Annual Conference The Real Agenda: Syria, Mali and DRC - Terrorism, or Resource Wars ?

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05
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Schumacher College

20:00 start

Schumacher College, The Old Postern, Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EA

For more details about the Spiritual Activism course - sustaining the path of non-violence click here


03
Nov

Peace Service 2013

Time: 3 pm

Address: Dover Unitarian Church,
Adrian Street, Dover, CT17 9AT

Led by Andreas Weisner Uniting for Peace

Contact: Andreas Weisner,
01227 637135,
Mobile: 07960 684 758

Email: andreas.weisner@talktalk.net


24
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by: Philosophy Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing

Venue: Corpus Christi Auditorium, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF

Contact: Eve McQuillian - eve.mcquillian@some.ox.ac.uk


16
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion by Cambridge Hub
Cambridge, UK

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08
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

19:00 Start

Venue: Wellington Church Library, 77 South Park Avenue, Glassgow, G12 8LE

Contact: Flavia T
e-mail: flavia@banthebomb.org

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02
Oct


The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Queen Mary University and Medact
London, UK

18:00 - 19:30

Morris Lecture Theatre
Robin Brooke Centre
Barts Hospital West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE

Contact:
David McCoy
d.mccoy@ucl.ac.uk


 

October / November

Quakers in York
Talking of Peace

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28
September

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by UNA Lymington
UK

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26
September

Concord College and UNA Shropshire welcomes you to a book discussion on Vijay Mehta’s latest book: The Economics of Killing

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22
September

Sunday Lecture: The Economics of Killing 11:00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents Sunday Lecture: The Economics of Killing - Vijay Mehta

Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

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21 - 22
September

UNITING for PEACE - September Peace Days 2013

UN Peace Day September 21 - Peacemaking Sunday September 22

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20 - 21
September


The Peace & Anti-War
Movement on the eve of the first world war - lessons for
today

Friends Meeting House, Mount Street. Manchester, UK

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20
September

CANCELLED

Due to unavoidable circumstances the Annual Erskine Childers lecture 2013 has been cancelled.

The Series of Annual Erskine Childers lecture for 2014 will continue.

Uniting for Peace apologises for any inconvenience

2013 Annual Erskine Childers lecture, United Nations and European Union - can they work together for peace, democracy and rule of law ?
Hilton, London


 

17
September

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by London Campaign Against Arms Trade

6.30pm start

London CAAT,
Unit4, 5-7 Wells Terrace,
London N4 3JU

Contact: Ian Pocock
email: londoncaat@riseup.net


14
September

Pope John XXIII’s Landmark Document, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) organised by NATIONAL JUSTICE & PEACE NETWORK (NJPN)

Speaker
Vijay Mehta, author of The Economics of Killing

St Columba, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1SA

Contact:
Ann Kelly - admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk


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13 - 15
September

IPB (International Peace Bureau) Triennial gathering, Stockholm

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04
September

“THE ECONOMICS OF KILLING” book discussion organised by London Region CND

Speaker:
Vijay Mehta, author of The Economics of Killing

Time:: 20:00 - 21:00
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Contact: David Polden - david.lrcnd@cnduk.org


 

02
September

BIG Blockade
of AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) Burghfield

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25
July

“THE ECONOMICS OF KILLING” book discussion organised by Peace News Summer Camp,
Norfolk, UK

16:30 - 18:30

Woolsey Bridge Fields, Burston Road, Diss., Norfolk

Contact:
Milan Rai
editorial@peacenews.info


17
July


New Economics Foundation London is hosting The Economics of Killing book discussion event at
3 Jonathon Street,
London SE11 5NH
UK

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29
June

Social History Society, London is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
at the Marchmont Centre, London, UK

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27
June

A book discussion on Prof. Akbar Ahmed's book 'The Thistle and the Drone' at the House of Lords

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27
June

UfP Churches & Inter-Faith for Peace cordially invite you to:
2013 Edinburgh INTER-FAITH EVENT for WORLD PEACE
Annual Summer Occasion
' REFLECTION and ACTION -- for PEACE

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14
June

"The Role of India's North - East in Global Development"

An event hosted by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters in association with Nehru Centre (the Cultural Wing of Indian High Commission) and Tea Board of India as a part of "Celebrate Assam"

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07
June

Dutch Student Association Netherlands is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
Utrecht, Netherlands

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04
June

UNA Blackheath and Greenwich Branch is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event at The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, 11 Blackheath Village SE3 9LA (opp. Blackheath Station)

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01
May

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event hosted by Bristol University MUN Society
Bristol, UK

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02
May

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event hosted by Southampton Hub
Southampton, UK

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20
Apr


Uniting for Peace Spring Conference and AGM
Linking 2D's Democracy and Development for Peace
London, UK

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05
Mar

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion

University of Warwick
Coventry, UK

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02
Feb

Faith and Peace -
Middle East and Pakistan
Edinburgh, UK

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25
Jan

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion by Oxford Hub
Oxford, UK

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17 - 19
Jan

Human Rights and International Peace Keeping: From Military Intervention to local Anti-violence Efforts

Conference Hosted by: NUCHR
Northwestern University Campus

Evanston, Illinois, USA
Read Lecture


 

2012 Past Events

8
Dec

Commeration of the Nobel Peace Day

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16
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

New Delhi, India

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20
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Mumbai, MH 400001, India

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22
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Hyderbad - 500 082, India

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23
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Launch Discussion

University of Bristol

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20
Oct

Called to be Peacemakers Conference 2012 - 'Money, Power
and Peace'

Euston Road, London, UK

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4
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Launch Discussion

University of Sussex,
Brighton, East Sussex, UK

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21st
Sept

Celebrate International Day of Peace

I N V I T A T I O N: United Nations International Day of Peace 2012

Liverpool, UK

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21st - 23rd
Sept

Peace Days 2012
Edinburgh, UK

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18
Sept

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

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Past Events

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