Speaking Engagements


18 November 2006, 10.00 – 4.00 pm
World Disarmament Campaign (WDC) annual conference
“Warfare or Welfare?: Disarmament for Development and Global Security in the 21st Century “.
Venue: Wesley Chapel, London
Chair: Lord Peter Archer of Sandwell
Speaker: Baroness Shirley Williams
Vijay Mehta is co-chair of World Disarmament Campaign (WDC)

14-15 October 2006
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) annual conference
Venue: University of Bradford, UK

Vijay Mehta was re-elected as member of the National CND council for 2006/07
He presented his latest book, ‘The Fortune Forum Code: For a Sustainable Future.’

He distributed his discussion paper on replacement on Trident system called:
‘Should Britain be building new nuclear weapons? What are the implications and what is the peace movement’s strategy?

During the conference, he spoke on the resolution about the United Nations upholding the rule of law which was unanimously passed.
Key resolutions passed at the conference include:

• CND will continue to build a broad alliance of MPs, trade unionists, students and young people, faith communities and others to put maximum pressure on the government not to replace Trident.
• CND will further promote multi-ethnicity campaigning, particularly by seeking enduring alliances at national, regional, and local levels with appropriate organisations with a strong ethnic minority base.
• CND will continue to campaign for more discussion in the media and among politicians on the issue of the militarization and weaponisation of space. CND will also press the UK government to become more central to initiatives for the prevention of an arms race in outer space (PAROS).
• Delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency resolution condemning North Korea’s nuclear weapon test and calling on all nuclear weapons states to “break out of the dangerous spiral of nuclear proliferation and immediately begin negotiations on disarmament.” It also calls on the British government to “convene a world summit on disarmament…instead of exacerbating global tensions and proliferation through replacing Trident.”

On 26 September 2006 the book was launched at the philanthropic summit. The Summit will continue
to support these dynamic organisations which address the interdependent themes of:-
● Global Poverty
● Environmental Sustainability
● The Silent Killers- HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Cancer
● Peacebuilding

11 October 2006, 6.00 – 8.00 pm
The Responsibility To Protect – The New Human Rights Council and Peacebuilding Commission
What are the obstacles and how we can enforce it and avoid wars, genocides and crimes against humanity?
Venue: Chichester and District UNA, Chichester
Speaker: Vijay Mehta

26 September, 6.00 – 10.00pm
Forune Forum, The Summit
Venue: The Old Bilingsgate Market
Speaker: Vijay Mehta
Vijay Mehta is a trustee of Fortune Forum.

9 -11 September 2006
International Peace Bureau, Triennial Assembly
Venue: Helsinki, Finland

23-28 June 2006
World Peace Forum.
Venue: Vancouver, Canada
Vijay Mehta will be speaking at the following seminar/workshops:

* The role of the UN in strengthening international peace and security
* The Danger of arms trade in the global economy and Building Civil society
* Ending War and Building a Just, Peaceful and Sustainable World

15 – 17 June 2006
International Peace Bureau (IPB)
NGO committee seminar on nuclear disarmament (Thursday 15 June)
IPB seminar on Disarmament for Development (Friday 16 June)
Music Festival over weekend (Saturday 17 June)

Vijay Mehta will be representing World Disarmament Campaign (WDC)

19 June 2006, 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Arms Reduction Coalition (ARC) public meeting
The role of education in establishing peace
Venue: House of Lords, Parliament, London
Chair: Lord Peter Archer of Sandwell
Speaker: Vijay Mehta.

Tuesday, 6th June 2006, 7.00 – 8.45pm
Action for UN Renewal
The United Nations, Justice, and the Rule of Law
Guest Speaker: Professor Philippe Sands QC
(Author: Lawless World)
Venue: Friends House, London. (opposite Euston station), free admission.
Vijay Mehta is vice chair for Action for UN Renewal.

1 June 2006, 7.30pm
United Nations Association (UNA) Streatham and Clapham
Should Britain be building new nuclear weapons?
Venue: United Reformed Church, Streatham High Road, London (near Streatham tube station) free admission
Speaker: Vijay Mehta

5 May 2006, 5.00 – 7.00pm
Kings College Social Forum
‘Breads not Bombs: The price of peace’
Venue: Kings College, Strand, London (Room 342m, Norfolk buildings)
Vijay Mehta, chair of ARC, will be holding a workshop and ARC will have a stall at the social forum.

21 -23 April 2006,
UNA-UK annual conference
Venue: University of Durham, Elver Hill Road, Durham
Vijay Mehta, vice chair for Action for UN Renewal, will be taking part in discussing policy motions and resolutions.

Saturday, 18 March 2006, 10.30 – 4.30 pm
World Disarmament Campaign, AGM & Spring Conference
Disarmament: What is Possible Now?
Guest Speaker: Dan Plesch
(Author of ‘The Beauty Queen’s Guide to World Peace)
Venue: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC1
Also, co-chairs annual report, by Vijay Mehta

9-11 March 2006,
The New School of Athens 2006 and Global Governance Group
Beyond the Millennium Declaration: Embracing Democracy and Good Governance
Venue: Pallas Athina Halls, Athens, Greece
Speaker: Vijay Mehta
Title: Are Present Global Institutions Still Relevant?

The City of Athens, following the widely acclaimed success of the 2004 Olympic Games, to which we introduced a strong cultural component, as well as reintroducing the ancient concept of the Olympic Truce, is now proceeding with the implementation of yet another international initiative: The re-establishment of Plato’s School of Athens under the title the New School of Athens.

The New School of Athens aims at becoming a forum of tripartite global dialogue, bringing together, in addition to academics, political leaders, and representatives from international governmental organisations, the business community and civil society.

This, the new ambitious project of the City of Athens, is in direct partnership with the “Global Governance Group”. It is, furthermore, actively sponsored and assisted by the Greek Government and H.E. the Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis of Greece, the President of the French Republic Mr. Jacques Chirac, and the Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Paul Martin. It is also supported by the Leader of the Official Opposition Mr. George Papandreou, the Federation of Greek Industries, and the General Confederation of Greek Labour.

It is our ambition to encourage a dialogue of global importance between opposing viewpoints, in order to address some of the most difficult challenges facing our world today.

Further information: www.globalgovgroup.org

27 February 2006, 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Arms Reduction Coalition – public meeting
‘Towards the Peaceful use of National Resources in the 21st Century.’
How can we achieve this? And what is the role for campaign groups and civil society?
Venue: The House of Lords, Room 4

Chair: Lord Peter Archer of Sandwell

Dr Stuart Parkinson
Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR)

Diana Basterfield
Co-founder of UK Ministry for Peace

Vijay Mehta
Chairperson of Arms Reduction Coalition

Prof. J Paul Dunne
Coordinator of Economists for Peace and Security-UK (EPS-UK)

Prof. Richard Jolly
Chairperson of UNA Board of Directors

Contact details: Fidel Asante
Arms Reduction Coalition, PO Box 42567, London, E1 2WP
www.arcuk.org Email: ngo@arcuk.org
07899 953 977 0208 502 7673

21 January 2006, all day
Make Poverty History & ARC Event
Responding to Conflict workshop
Speakers: Vijay Mehta, ARC
Ruth Stockdale, Oxfam
Venue: Birmingham
Contact details: Ruth Stockdale
Fidel Asante
Arms Reduction Coalition, PO Box 42567, London, E1 2WP
www.arcuk.org Email: ngo@arcuk.org
07899 953 977 0208 502 7673

22 January 2006, all day
London Region CND AGM
Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London



3 December 2005, 10.30 – 4.30pm
World Disarmament Campaign – 2005 Annual Conference
World Poverty and World Disarmament
A WDC Contribution to Make Poverty History
Venue: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Contact details: Celia Bower, 78 Muswell Road, London, N10 2BE

1-4 December 2005
Athens, Greece
Global Governance Group
Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Embracing Democracy and Good Governance
Venue: “Pallas Athina”, Kifisia Athens
Contact details: www.globalgovgroup.org

11-13 Nov 2005
International Conference, Prague
Bertha Von Suttner- The importance of her thoughts for our present time
The 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. For further information on Bertha Von Suttner, http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1905/suttner-bio.html.

20-21 October 2005
European Network for Peace and Human Rights Conference, European Parliament, rue Wiertz Brussels
European Network for Peace and Human Rights
The new threats of civil liberties and human rights which beset so much of Europe.
Contact details: www.russfound.org
Reforms of the UN

15-16 October 2005
CND Annual Conference, 309 Regent Street, London
A talk was given by Vijay Metha on United Nations: Searching a new road map for peace and security in the 21st century
Contact details: http://www.cnduk.org

19 July 2005
Book Launch, London
The United Nations and its Future in the 21st Century
Editor, Vijay Mehta
Action for UN Renewal invites you to a book launch of the publication of the Erskine Childers lectures ‘The United Nations and its Future in the 21st Century’ by leading speakers on the United Nations. This book also includes the UN High Level Report, the UN Charter and the Declaration of Human Rights. The book launch will be on Tuesday, 19 July 2005 at Friends House, Euston Road, London, Reception 6.30 pm. Book launch and discussion of UN reform 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Enquiries to Jim Addington (chair) 020-8399-2547.
Dame Rosalyn Higgins has agreed to make a short contribution and Sir Richard Jolly, Caroline Lucas MEP, Jenny Tonge and Paul Rogers have also been invited and may be contributing to a general discussion on UN reforms.
Refreshments available. All welcome, no tickets required.
Contact details: www.action-for-un-renewal.org.uk

2 July, Saturday, Edinburgh, Scotland
Make Poverty History demonstration in advance of the G8 Summit, 6-8 July, Gleneagles, Scotland.

23-26 June 2005
World Tribunal on Iraq, Istanbul, Turkey
The WTI is worldwide initiative born our of the global outcry against the war in Iraq. The tribunal shall render a decision on the issues presented to it which will be widely distributed throughout the world for the benefit of individuals and groups struggling for peace and justice.
Contact details: istanbul@worldtribunal.org

1-27 May 2005
United Nations Building, New York
Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty Seventh Review Conference
State Parties to the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty will meet in New York, May 2005, to review implementation and compliance to the most significant multilateral treaty for the reduction and abolition of nuclear weapons. This will be an opportunity to identify areas of progress, including Article 6 of the Treaty and 13 Practical Steps for the implementation of the NPT, as agreed at the 2000 Review conference.
Contact details: www.cnduk.org

23 April 2005
Network for Peace Annual General Meeting
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square London
Making War History
10.30-5.00pm, Guest Speaker: Robert Hinde, Jonathan Fryer.
A discussion Paper on Making War History, Vijay Mehta.

11-12 April 2005
NGO Committee for Disarmament and World Council of Churches
Ecumenical Centre, Rte De Ferney, Geneva, Switzerland
Seminar on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: A Treaty in Trouble
The NGO Committee for Disarmament, together with the World Council of Churches, has organised a preparatory Geneva seminar to explore the many issues which will confront the participants in New York. We believe these discussions will be particularly informative, both for all those who will be at the Review Conference, and for those who will not.
Contact details: mailbox@ipb.org

22 March 2005
Tower Hamlets CND
Central Lobby, Parliament, London
7.00pm, A discussion with Oona King MP and Jim Fitzpatrick MP on the future of the NPT Review Conference and the UN High-level Report on Threats, Challenges and Change.

12 March 2005
World Disarmament Campaign Spring Conference
Friends House, Euston Road, London
10.30-4.30 pm, Europe: A Force For Peace, Military Power verses ‘Soft Power’
Guest speaker is Lord (Frank) Judd. The debate on WDC strategy session and other campaign priorities over the
coming year will be led by Vijay Mehta, Brian Cooper, and Frank Jackson, following several special strategy meetings
of the Executive Committee.
Contact details: 0131 447 4004

26 February 2005
Action For UN Renewal AGM
Friends House, Euston Road, London
3.00-4.30pm, UN reform prospects based on Kofi Annan’s High-level Panel on Threat’s Challenges and Change.
Debateled by Vijay Mehta and David Roberts
Contact details: 0208 399 2547

3 February 2005
Tower Hamlets CND Office, Kingsley Hall, Bromley-by-Bow, London, E3, 7.30pm
Reforms of the UN: A Discussion paper on ‘Report of the UN High-level Panel on Threat, Challenges and Change
Presented by Vijay Mehta

30 January 2005
2005 Annual Multi-Faith Service by The Gandhi Foundation
Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3
2.00pm- followed by a reception
Why We Value Gandhi? A Hindu Perspective
Presented by Vijay Mehta

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