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Building Momentum for Peace

Building Momentum for Peace : A World free from wars, want and fear

Date: 10th September 2012
6.30 - 8.30pm
Venue: Hilton Euston London

Keynote speaker: Jan Pronk, Former Minister of Development, Netherlands

Jan Pronk Bio
Jan Pronk served three terms as Dutch minister of development cooperation and one term as minister of the environment. He has played an important role in promoting sustainable economic and environmental development and was member of several international commissions such as the Brandt Commission (1979-83) and the Commission on Global Governance (Carlsson/Ramphal Commission 1991-95). He served as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for the world summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg in 2002. In the 1980s, he was Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD and assistant Secretary-General of the UN. From mid-2004 until the end of 2006 he lived in Khartoum as the special representative in Sudan of the UN Secretary-General, where he led the UN peacekeeping operation (UNMIS). He has published several books and numerous articles on his main professional interests, sustainable  development and international relations. He travels abroad frequently giving lectures and speaking at  conferences. Presently he is emeritus professor of theory and practice of international development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, chairman of the Interchurch Peace Council of the Netherlands, president of the Society for International Development (SID) and visiting professor at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

2012 Annual Erskine Childers Lecture

The 2012 meeting will explore ideas, strategies and solutions for preserving peace and achieving just and fair world, especially under these themes:

  • The work of the UN and its urgent reforms
  • Peacekeeping and peacemaking solutions
  • How to implement responsibility to protect doctrine
  • How can the world be disarmed and demilitarised
  • How to find ways for completion of Millennium Development Goals