10 January 2017. António Guterres of Portugal was sworn in on December 12 as the 9th UN Secretary-General, and took over on 1 January. He highlighted three strategic priorities: working for peace; supporting sustainable development; and reforming its internal management....Noting that, often, the UN is tasked with peacekeeping in places where there is no peace to keep, he said that a greater conceptual clarity and a shared understanding of the scope of peacekeeping was needed so as to pave the way for urgent reforms.
10 January 2017. The final days of 2016 offered a glimmer of hope in the darkness of the Syrian conflict, with the new ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and Turkey. But 2017 has started badly, with the refusal by 10 rebel groups to join the peace talks in Astana because of what they describe as government violations. IPB believes the talks offer a vital opportunity which must not be lost. We urge that all parties to the conflict (including the Kurds), and all concerned external powers, be allowed to participate. The talks, expected to start on January 23 in the capital of Kazakhstan, will be mediated by Russia, Turkey and Iran, though Russian officials have said that other key players, including the USA, will be welcome.
9 January 2017. Today in his message, “Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace,” for the 50th World Day of Peace, celebrated each year on 1 January, Pope Francis urges people everywhere to practice active nonviolence and notes that the “decisive and consistent practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results.”
8 January 2017. American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action will be hosting the national speaking tour of Reiner Braun, IPB Co-President through the month of March. Reiner is a remarkable authority and activist for peace and disarmament, who will be speaking about European responses to the Trump Regime, Nuclear Disarmament, NATO, Military Research in Universities, and Renewed European Militarism.
In the Boston area (March 5-12) Reiner will be speaking at MIT, TUFTS, Wellesley and at a public meeting organized by AFSC and Mass. Peace Action.
6 January, 2017. In the 1990s IPB devoted enormous efforts, together with colleagues in IALANA and IPPNW and other organisations, to secure the 1996 Advisory Opinion of the ICJ on nuclear weapons. Prominent among the judges in this historic case was Christopher Weeramantry, who has just died. It was Weeramantry who gave the keynote speech on the occasion of the award of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize to Tony de Brum, then Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in Vienna in 2014. IPB shares the grief of Weeramantry's family and his colleagues around the world, and wishes to associate itself with the following tribute made by Peter Weiss of IALANA.
A High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace was organized for the fifth time on 1st Sept. 2016 at UN Headquarters. Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/20 of 3 December 2015, the Forum had the objective to bring together representatives from UN Member states, UN entities, civil society, the private sector and other interested stakeholders to share and exchange ideas on ways to overcome hindrances and build and promote a culture of peace.