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Faith and Peace -
Middle East and Pakistan
Edinburgh, UK

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

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17 - 19

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

Conference Hosted by: NUCHR
Northwestern University Campus

Evanston, Illinois, USA
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2012 Past Events


Tibetan Community in Britain and the Tibet Foundation welcomes you to the:

Commeration of the Nobel Peace Day

To celebrate the awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 10th December 1989

Date: Saturday | 8 December 2012,

Time: 16:00 Starts

Venue: SOAS Room V211 | SOAS, Vernon Square| Penton Rise
London WC1X 9EW | United Kingdom

Speakers: - Mr Thubten Samdup, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe and the Baltic States,

- Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace
Keynote Speech – “From Inner Peace to Global Peace”

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The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Date: 16th November, 2012

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003, India

Keynote speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author, The Economics of Killing, speaking on Global Peace


The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Date: 20th November, 2012

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Venue: The Press Club, Mumbai Glass House, Azad Maidan, Fort Mumbai, MH 400001, India

Keynote speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author, The Economics of Killing, speaking on Global Peace

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Date: 22nd November, 2012

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Venue: ASCI Building, Bella Vista, Raj Bhavan Road, Khairaatabad, Hyderbad - 500 082, India

Keynote speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author, The Economics of Killing, speaking on Global Peace

The Economics of Killing Book Launch Discussion

Date: 23rd October 2012

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Venue: University of Bristol

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

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 10:30am
Venue: Small Meeting Hall, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ  

Vijay Mehta Chair for Uniting for Peace will be joined by other panelists will explore which is more important - Money, Power or Peace

A new free day-long conference is being arranged by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, in association with Pax Christi and Quaker Peace and Social Witness. 

This Called to be Peacemakers event is for 18-30 year-olds who want to engage with the issues we face today in looking for a better society.

What changes do young people want to see in the modern world? How can we facilitate peace at home and abroad? And which is more important - money, power, or peace? These questions are to be addressed through a morning panel discussion followed by afternoon workshops on a special Saturday in October.

16 October

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

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Date: 4th October 2012
5:00 pm
: Arts A001 Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex,
Brighton, East Sussex

Further Details
Mark Pluck – mjp40@sussex.ac.uk

For more information on the book, please visit www.theeconomicsofkilling.org

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Celebrate International Day of Peace

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

Rights and Humanity has pleasure in inviting you to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace with a Conference on “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future: What Can WE do?”

Join us for a day of inspirational sessions led practitioners working on the cutting edge of peace building in Syria, Africa and elsewhere and explore your own contribution to sustainable peace.

Date: Friday 21st September 2012

Place: The Light’, Rights and Humanity’s conference venue in the iconic Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, L3 1HU.

Time: 9.30-18.00
Optional Film viewing: 18.15 – 19.15

Ticket Price: £35; Concessions £20.
Refreshments and vegetarian lunch included

Confirmed Speakers Include:

- Dr Scilla Elworthy, Founder, Peace Direct; Advisor to Sir Richard Branson, Peter
Gabriel and Archbishop Tutu on the establishment of The Elders.

- Mr William Morris, Secretary General, Next Century Foundation, currently engaged in peace efforts in Syria.
- Professor Julia Häusermann MBE, Founder and President of Rights and Humanity, builder of bridges of peace and understanding in areas of conflict.

- Mr Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace, President, Mehta Centre, author "The Economics Of Killing: How The West Fuels War And Poverty In The Developing World”.

- Mr Anthony Russell, Social commentator, author of 'Evolving the Spirit - From Democracy to Peace'.

- Ms Ginger Gilmour, Artist, whose work enlightens the spirit and moves the soul.

RSVP to events@rightsandhumanity.org . Book early to secure your place.

Payment in advance please by credit or debit card by telephone: 0151 236 2426

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Peace Days 2012

Date: 21st - 23rd September 2012
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Keynote speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author, The Economics of Killing

Further Details
Brian Cooper
Rev. B. Brian Cooper
144/1 Whitehouse Loan
Edinburgh EH9 2AN

Tel: 0131 446 9545

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The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Date: 18th September 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm
: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Keynote speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author, The Economics of Killing, speaking on Global Peace

Geoffery Carnall - gcarnall@googlemail.com
Brian Cooper - 0131 446 9545

Further Details
Vijay Mehta
Email: vijay@vmpeace.org
Tel: +44 0207 377 2111

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Building Momentum for Peace

2012 Annual Erskine Childers Lecture
ding 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 [Read more...]

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 responsiblity to protect doctrine
  • How can the world be disarmed and demlitarised
  • How to find ways for completion of Millenium Development Goals

Keynote speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author, The Economics of Killing

Further Details
Vijay Mehta
Email: vijay@vmpeace.org
Tel: +44 0207 377 2111


The Economics of Killing book discussion and reception

Date: 10th July, 2012
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Venue: Dickens Conference Room
The Birmingham and Midland Institute,
Margaret Street,
Birmingham B3 3BS

Keynote Speaker
Vijay Mehta – Author, The Economics of Killing

Further Details
Vijay Mehta
Email: vijay@vmpeace.org
Tel: +44 0207 377 2111


Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace is a keynote speaker at Africa Peace Festival 30th June - 7th July 2012 in Ghana. For more information and booking click here

Hosted by Tower Hamlets CND

Book Discussion:

Bow, London, E3

Tower Hamlets CND hosted Vijay Mehta's book discussion event of 'The Economics of Killing - How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World' by Vijay Mehta Chair of Uniting for Peace

Thursday, 3rd of May 2012
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm

Kingsley Hall
London E3

Public Meeting

Keynote speaker:
Vijay Mehta

Will give a talk on his book 'The Economics of Killing - How the West Fuels War ' followed by Q/A, all welcome

For registration please email p.sedler@homecall.co.uk

Phone: 0207 377 2111



Uniting for Peace AGM & Spring Conference

Saturday 28 April, 2012
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road,
London EC1Y 1AU

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Advancing 4D for World Peace

Saturday 28 April, 2012
AGM: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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


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Book Discussion and Reception

Wednesday, 25th April 2012
6.30 - 8.00 pm


Tobias Ellwood, MP
Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs Correspondent
Shashank Joshi, Associate Fellow, RUSI
Vijay Mehta, Author, The Economics of Killing

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

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Book Launch

Book Launch event of 'The Economics of Killing - How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World' by Vijay Mehta Chair of Uniting for Peace

Tuesday, 10th of April 2012
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Perscentrum Nieuwspoort
Lange Poten 10
2511 CL Den Haag
The Netherlands

You are invited to Book Launch and Reception

The event is hosted by Pluto Press, Uniting for Peace and the Wereld Federalisten Beweging Nederland

Please email to confirm attendance


The Road to Peace

A Conference on Peace Building

Vijay Mehta gives a lecture on:
UN Reforms and Demilitarisation

Friday 23rd March 2012
11 am - 5 pm

Kingston University
Penrhyn Road Campus
Penrhyn Road

Conference Hosted by:
UNA Kingston University


Peace in my lifetime

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Peace In My Lifetime

An International Conference on Peace-Building

Thursday 15th March 2012
2.30 - 8.00 pm

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


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Book Launch: London

Book Launch event of 'The Economics of Killing - How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World' by Vijay Mehta Chair of Uniting for Peace

Thursday, 8th of March 2012
6.30 - 8.30 pm

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

You are invited to Book Launch and Reception

The event is hosted by Pluto Press and Uniting for Peace

Please email to confirm attendance
Vijay Mehta: vijay@vmpeace.org or
Jon Wheatley : jonw@plutobooks.com


2011 Past Events

Global Vision 2000 logo  

Global Vision 2000 will hold an Emergency Session on:

Sunday 4 December, 2011

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm for

Occupy London Stock Exchange Tentcity University at St. Pauls Cathederal, London

Speakers: Moeen Yaseen, Daud Pidcock, Muhammad Rafeeq, Vijay Mehta, and CCMJ


Pitching Africa Logo  

Pitching Africa

Wednesday 30 November, 2011
6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Brunei Gallery Suite
Thorahough Street, Russell Square,
London WC1H OXG
How can we acheive peace in the modern world video  

How can we acheive peace in the modern world
VM's Interview with Press TV with George Galloway's TV show The Real Deal on:

Friday 18 November, 2011
3 pm - 4.30 pm



The Morality of Intervention, Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the Role of United Nations

9th November 2011
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Speakers: Christopher Black (Lead Defence Counsel ICTR) | Jeremy Gilley (Founder, Peace One Day) (TBC) | Tim Wallis (Director, Nonviolent Peaceforce) | Vijay Mehta (Chair, Uniting for Peace) | Brian Cooper (Co-ordinator, UfP)
Venue: House of Lords Room 4/A


Strategic Campaigning for Peace

Date: Monday 3rd October 2011

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Venue: Hilton Hotel, Euston, London

Speakers: John Hilary Director War on want, Jeremy Gilley, Founder Peace One Day, Julia Haussermann, President Rights and Humanity and Jan Goodey, Journalist/Media Lecturer.


Working for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons - What can the United Nations and Civil Society do ?

Date: Thursday 29 September 2011

6.30pm for 7pm

Quaker Meeting House, St James Street



Monday 21st September 2011
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Speaker: Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn MP
Former Secretary of State for International Development – Shadow Leader of House of Commons

Venue: Friends House
173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Themes: Peace, Conflict, Development and Environment


Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations and the End of Empire

Date: 2 September 2011

Email: troy.rutt@sas.ac.uk




24th Jan 2010

LONDON. Exploring Different Aspects of Peace and Non-violence from the personal to the universal.

You are invited to an empowering session, which will be led by Mr Vijay Mehta. He will be exploring how the concept of peace and non-violence can be broadened to enrich not only one's life but it can be expanded to help others by our actions. The talk will be followed by an inter-active session. Meeting from 10am - 12.30pm. To be held at Sayer Centre, Oxgate Lane, London NW2 7JN.All very welcome. For more information on events & membership please contact: Ashok Gudka 07980 929 559; 020 8452 0913 /
ashokgudka@hotmail.com or Vijay Mehta 07776 231 018 / vijay@vmpeace.org 

Jain Visha

The UN, Human Rights and Liberty.

Speakers include Sir Brian Barder, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Vijay Mehta. Chaired by Rob Storey (Putney and Roehampton UNA)/ Meeting 7.30-9.00pm, followed by question and answer session. To be held at the Riverside premises of HURLINGHAM YACHT CLUB, 43A Deodar Road, Putney, SW15 2NP. (Immediately alongside the Pedestrian Rail Bridge - street parking). Refreshments and bar available. For more information on events & membership please contact Rob Storey (Chair) 07776356334 /storeyRW@aol.com or Jo Stocks (Secretary) 020 8870 5536 / jo.stocks@talk21.com


2009 Past Events

Inquiry on the Iraq War: Who is Accountable?
Tuesday 18th August 2009
Friends House, 173 Euston Road
opposite Euston Station, NW1 2BJ London, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Chair - Rita Payne                  Chair Commonwealth Journalists Association

General Sir Hugh Beach        Why the UK went to war in Iraq in 2003?

Robert Fox                             Role of Media in Iraq War
Defence correspondent Evening Standard

Nick Grief                               Legality and Conduct of Iraq War
Prof. International Law, Bournemouth University

Nicholas Jones                        Hidden Agendas in the Buildup to the Iraq War
Former BBC Political Correspondent and Author

Vijay Mehta                           UN and Iraq War
Chair, Action for UN Renewal

With the announcement by the UK government to hold an inquiry on the war on Iraq, it would be timely to have a public meeting in which we can explore the, issues of:

  • For what reasons did the UK go to war?

  • The legality and conduct of war without a UN mandate to go to war

  • How does the government justify spending over £7 billion on the war to date when pensioners and hospitals in Britain are in need of funds?

  • What is the effect on people’s trust in democracy and willingness to participate in the democratic process when the government ignores the voices of two million people who demonstrated to express their opposition to the war as well as the wishes of the majority of British people?

  • How many civilian casualties and military casualties – on both sides – have been lost as a direct result of the war in Iraq and use of Depleted Uranium ?

  • What reparations will Britain make to the people of Iraq?

  • What principles can we follow that future disputes can be settled peacefully without recourse to violence?

For registration and further information please contact:
Vijay Mehta (vijay@vmpeace.org 0207 377 2111)

Public meeting free. Donations welcome.
Please make cheques payable to ‘Action for UN Renewal.’ And post it to Treasurer,
97 Commercial Road, London E1 1RD


Irish Times

Vijay Mehta in Belfast

Nationalist gripes and recession 'threat' to peace

DAN KEENAN, Northern News Editor
NATIONALIST UNHAPPINESS with the status quo at Stormont, recession and the threat of dissident republican violence have been cited as dangers to the stability of the peace process, a commission has heard in Belfast.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Britain and Ireland, meeting at the weekend, heard submissions from a range of people representing diverse standpoints on the peace process.

Vijay Mehta, from the Wales-based International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, told the commission he believed nationalists were harbouring “an increasing degree of dissatisfaction with the current status quo”. He added: “There is a perception among nationalist supporters that Sinn Féin and its leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have become too wedded to the peace process and have become too embedded in the powersharing structures with the unionists at Stormont.

“To the nationalist punter in the street, Irish unity has not come closer since the Good Friday agreement was signed in 1998.”

He further suggested that the peace process remains particularly vulnerable to dissident violence and that what he called “the uneasy live and let live attitude which has developed among Northern Irish people over the last 10 years” could be endangered by serious dissident violence.

Although noting the loyalist response to the murders of two British soldiers and a PSNI officer last March, Mr Mehta suggested that sudden violent acts with perhaps a number of victims “would prove to be a substantial test for the continuation of the peace process”.

The recession and its impact could also create the conditions for what he called “increasing dissatisfaction among young men in particular and a drift back into the use of violence” He noted that the early years of the peace process was accompanied by a rising economic prosperity and near full employment.

The “lessons of Ulster”, he added, were now being applied “by prime ministers, presidents, diplomats and intelligence agencies to numerous area of violent conflict” across the globe.

But he also suggested that the emerging peace needed to be underscored by new realisations and concerted work at peace building.

Calling for the training and appointment of “a large number of peacekeepers” he urged a grassroots campaign to stabilise communities. “We should have a large number of peacekeepers who can help build trust in communities, weed out the seeds of terrorism and give hope to vulnerable minorities,” he said.

“The fact is that a substantial majority of people wish to live in peace and a small minority should not be allowed to perpetrate violence which brings disastrous results.”

The commission discussions were chaired by Dr Thomas Daffern, a governor of the Saor Ollscoil na hÉireann in Dublin and Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy.

This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Times

Read the full speech of Vijay Mehta here




Forthcoming Events and speeches

Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

Beyond Obama – Priorities Towards Nuclear Abolition

Public meeting
2.00-4.30 pm and 6.00-8.00 pm

Monday, 20th July 2009
Room 4a, House of Lords, London

Speakers include:
Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Ambassador CHUN Yung-Woo (Republic of South Korea), Rebecca Johnson, Colin Archer, Frank Barnaby, Brian Cooper, Frank Jackson, and Vijay Mehta.

"It's time to send a clear message to the world: America seeks a world with no nuclear weapons."

In his short presidential tenure, Obama has already stated that nuclear terrorism is "the gravest danger we face." It remains to be seen if these words are backed up with concrete steps. The time is right now for 189 countries who signed up to the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty to fulfil their commitments for a world free of nuclear weapons. India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea are nuclear weapons states but outside the NPT treaty, should be persuaded for the reduction and eventual abolition of their nuclear arsenal for a safer world.

Supported by the Commonwealth Journalists Association
For registration and further information please contact:
Vijay Mehta (vijay@vmpeace.org 02 027 377 2111)



17th February 2009
7.00pm to 8.30pm
Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2009
"Saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war"
Speaker: Mairead Corrigan Maguire
Nobel Peace Laureate

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2008 Past Events  

Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Event in Scotland
Tuesday 9th December 2008
View this article here


28th May 2008
Hilton Athens, Greece
Rethinking the way we do business
CEO & CSR 2008

Topics are:

Cradle to Cradle: Introducing the Concept
Green Finance
Sustainable Buildings
Climate Change Solutions
Vijay Mehta will be the keynote speaker on ‘Climate Change Solutions’


14th May 2008
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Oxford Town Hall
“5 years of war in Iraq: What role can the United Nations
play in building peace and security.”
Speakers: Tony Benn (former MP, Minister and President, Stop the War Coalition),
Cllr John Tanner (Mayor of Oxford),
Chair Vijay Mehta
for full details view: leaflet


23rd April 2008
The U8 Partnership for International Development,
Magdalen Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU
'The Role of Global Institutions in Tackling Poverty'
V. Mehta is the keynote speaker for the event


19th April 2008
Saturday 10.30am to 4.30pm
World Disarmament Campaign, Spring conference and AGM
Wesley Chapel, 43 City Road, London
Speakers: Frank Barnaby (nuclear scientist),
Vijay Mehta co-chair or World Disarmament Campaign (WDC)
Edward Davey M.P.


2-5th April 2008
'Athens 3'
Third Annual Conference of the New School of Athens (NSOA)
Athens, Greece
V. Mehta is a panellist and speaking on 'reform of global institutions


28-30 March 2008
Exeter University
United Nations Association
Annual Conference
Contact: Nick Branson, UNA-UK, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL


27th March 2008
The United Nations and Student Association (UNYSA) of the University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland
The role of the UN in 21st century global politics?

Panellists include:
- Vijay Mehta (chair of Action for UN Renewal) 
Professor Oliver Richmond (University of St Andrews)
- Dr Martin Barber, (former director, UN Mine Action Service, New York)


25th March 2008
The Gandhi Festival of Non-Violence
British Library Conference Centre
"The Life of Gandhi"
For full details see the enclosed 'Invite' and Booklet


Date to be confirmed
Oxford Environmental and Ethics Organisation
'Climate change, sustainable development and the role of the United Nations'
Oxford University
V. Mehta is the keynote speaker


Saturday, 23rd February 2008
Action for UN Renewal AGM
'The Protection and Promotion of Human Rights and the role of the United Nations'
Guest speaker: Geoffrey Robertson QC
Friends House, Euston Road, London
V. Mehta is acting chair of Action For United Nations Renewal


Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 5.30pm
Labour Action for Peace, AGM and public meeting
Friends House, Euston Road, London
'Britain's special relationship should be with the United Nations, not the USA'
V. Mehta is a speaker along with Tony Benn and Jeremy Corbyn MP


Wednesday, 13 February 2008, 5.30pm
UNA Leeds
'Reform of the United Nations, and the role of UN in peace and international security'
The Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
V. Mehta is the keynote speaker


2007 Past Events

Bringing Democracy to Burma –
What can the UK government do to promote and implement the rule of law and the UN Charter?

Tuesday 4th December 2007 7-9 pm
House of Lords, Committee Room 4A, London

Speakers include:
Rt. Hon. Lord (Peter) Archer Q.C.
Anna Roberts (The Burma Campaign UK)
John Rowley (Gandhi Foundation)

 The current deteriorating situation in Burma, needs to be addressed urgently, where a military dominated government is handling its people brutally, stamping out protest and curbing human rights and civil liberties. The meeting will explore ways in which a dialogue can be started between the detained opposition leader, Ann San Suu Kyi, and Burma’s junta for a change from the military dominated government to a fully fledged democracy. 


Monday, 3rd December 2007 4.00 pm
BBC World Service TV interview
Interview with Vijay Mehta about climate change for the opening of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP)
in Bali, Indonesia.
BBC Centre, London


Fortune Forum, The Summit
Venue: The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London
30 November 2007, 7.00 - 11.00pm

Vijay Mehta is a co-founder and trustee of Fortune Forum, a charitable organisation raising funds for poverty reduction, environmental degradation, combating worldwide diseases and peacebuilding. 

Speakers to the event included:

- Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP
- Caroline Lucas MEP
- Sir Bob Geldof
- Sir David Frost
- Daryl Hannah




Climate Change: How It Impacts Us All

5-7 September 2007
United Nations, 60th Annual Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference
United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

Vijay Mehta will be speaking on the following two workshops:

Beyond Kyoto: Working Together to Preserve the Planet

This workshop will address the need to confront the challenges of climate change by mitigation, adaptation and global cooperation.  It will consider how new political momentum can be created through greater public awareness of the urgency of the issues.  It will discuss in some detail how governments, the private sector, large NGOs and civil society at large all have a vital part to play.  http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/28243

And it will show the essential role of the United Nations system in coordinating efforts, disseminating reliable information, and providing a framework for the negotiation, securing and effective monitoring of new global agreements.

Military Wars and the Environment

This workshop deals with the fact that the military is the biggest polluter to the environment in the form of remnants of war (land mines, cluster bombs, air-dropped bombs, artillery shells, grenades, mortar, rockets). They contaminate a wide area, are the cause of civilian deaths and injuries and create fear and trauma for the safety of civilians. Furthermore, the effects of biological and chemical warfare against the environment in the form of radiation, toxicity and air pollution are well known. It will also discuss the new protocol to the UN convention governing explosive remnants of war. It will look at civil society and NGO initiatives to have a total ban on weapons as they have lasting health and environmental ramifications.

Reforming the UN for the 21st Century

Action for UN Renewal, Essex Hall, 2 - 6 Essex Street, London, WC2R 3HY

Thursday, 9 August 2007, 7.00 - 8.45pm

Speaker: Joseph E. Schwartzberg (Professor Emeritus, University o Minnesota)

Vijay Mehta is chair of Action for UN Renewal


Annual Erskine Childers lecture

'The growth and importance of individual action and its increasing influence in the field of human rights and United Nations reform’

Action for UN Renewal

Friends House, Euston Road, London
12th June 2007, 7pm

Speaker: Kate Allen, (director, Amnesty International)

Chair: Rt. Hon. Lord (Peter) Archer Q.C. 


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