REPORT ON THE VOLTA REGION DESAG WEBINAR AT OLA GIRLS, HO ON 10TH NOVEMBER, 2021 ON THE TOPIC “THE PROLIFERATION OF SMALL ARMS AND ITS IMPACT ON GHANAIAN YOUTH”

VIRTUAL GATHERING AND PHYSICAL ARRIVAL

The event opened with a dance performance by OLA GIRLS cultural troupe depicting the consequences of gun violence on communities.

Opening statement by Juliet

She touched on a host of reasons why it became imperative for such an event to be held at such an opportune time. Among the many things she highlighted include the ever increasing rate of,

  • Spousal killings
  • Ritual murders
  • Chieftaincy Disputes
  • Ethnic and Tribal Clashes
  • Armed Robbery and the general State of insecurity in the country etc.

She ended with a clarion call on all and sundry to join in the fight against the illicit arms trade.

Introduction of IPB its work and growth in Africa by Reiner Braun

He described the role of IPB in advocacy efforts against small arms trade and gun violence around the world. IPB’s role in connecting the different national and sectorial African peace movements together as well as with other regional networks from around the globe has grown and is reflected by the collaborative effort that brought about the current event.

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Conference Report: Militarism and Peace in Latin America and the Caribbean

Under this title, a hybrid online/offline conference was recently held at the Gewerkschaftshaus Frankfurt/M. Invitations were extended by Frieden- und Zukunftswerkstatt e.V., the International Peace Bureau (IPB), Netzwerk Cuba, Österreichisch – Kubanische Gesellschaft (ÖKG), Vereinigung Schweiz-Cuba (VSC) as well as other supporters, donors and media partners.

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Press Release: World Peace Congress concludes in Barcelona with successful participation

The World Peace Congress organised by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) ended this Sunday in Barcelona after three days of conferences, workshops, and cultural events.

Under the title “(Re)imagine the world. Action for peace and justice”, more than 2,500 people took part in this hybrid congress, with activities in Barcelona. The events took place in the Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) and the Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull, and broadcast on the Internet.

1,000 people attended to the congress in person, while 1,500 attended online. Participants came from 126 countries. In Barcelona, activists from 75 countries including South Korea, the United States, Afghanistan, India and Mongolia, were also able to listen to the speeches covering issues such as nuclear disarmament, climate justice, racism and the rights of indigenous peoples.

As IPB Executive Director, Reiner Braun, explains, this is the biggest international peace event of this year. “The congress was a great success. We got a great support from the city of Barcelona and the president of the government of Catalonia. From my point of view, it was the right congress in this difficult political time and in the right place because we got a big support from the city. The IPB will definitely continue working on the way of more engagement for peace after the congress”.

Jordi Calvo, IPB Vice-President and member of the local committee, affirms: “At the congress we have seen that the peace movement is not alone. The large participation of feminist, anti-racist and global justice movements in the conferences and seminars shows that pacifism is more alive than ever, but that it needs to adapt to new narratives and generations. After this congress, the Catalan, Spanish, European and global peace movement is stronger”

The congress started on Friday 15 October with an event attended by the President of the Generalitat Pere Aragonés and the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau. The opening session was attended by prominent names such as British politician Jeremy Corbyn and ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn. The open plenary can be accessed here.

Sean MacBride Award

Each year, IPB gives the Sean MacBride Peace Prize to an individual or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights. This year the award was awarded to Black Lives Matter for the movement’s dedication and work to create a world where the lives of black people can thrive.

On the second day of the World Peace Congress in Barcelona, Rev Karlene Griffiths Sekou, community minister, academic and activist, and director of Healing Justice and International Organizing received the award on behalf of the social movement.

“Our movement is not a moment in time, it is a constant reminder to eradicate white supremacy, change racist policies and overthrow oppressive systems”.

“We thank the International Peace Bureau for their recognition and thank the community leaders, local activists and ancestors, who fuel the relentless will of our movement and inspire us to re-imagine a world for our children and for future black generations,” she added.

Photos from the congress:

You can access the photos of the congress via this link.

Press Release and final declarations:

You can find all the press releases and the final declarations here.

 

Webinar Report: Religion, Peace and Sanctuary

On August 25th, Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) organized a Webinar with seven radical visionaries and activists for peace, who have been inspired by their faith traditions to use their power, privilege and trust in God in the struggle to end war, open borders, and provide sanctuary honoring the dignity and human rights of all people.

The webinar was coordinated as a pre-event for the IPB World Peace Congress to be held from the 15th October until the 17th October.

If you want to watch the webinar, please click here.

 

Nuke Free Europe: Human chain against nuclear arms in Büchel (Germany)

On Sunday 5 September, the European month of action against nuclear weapons in Europe was kicked off in Büchel, Germany. 800 peace activists formed a human chain to protest against the US nuclear bombs at the Fliegerhorst air base as part of NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangements.

The action took place just weeks before the September 26 federal elections to call on Germany to join the UN nuclear weapons ban (TPNW), which has been in force since January 22, 2021. The peace movement has been campaigning against nuclear arms at the air base for 25 years. The human chain was organized by the campaign “Büchel is everywhere! Nuclear Weapon Free Now”. Continue reading “Nuke Free Europe: Human chain against nuclear arms in Büchel (Germany)”

Webinar II: A Roadmap to End Nuclear Sharing In Conversation with EU Parliamentarians

Building on our last very engaging webinar with experts and activists from the EU nuclear sharing states we are now taking the next step towards developing a clear roadmap for a Nuclear Free Europe.

On Monday the 28th of June from 18.30-20.00 CEST we will be having an open conversation on the topic of nuclear disarmament with four parliamentarians from EU nuclear sharing states:

Karl-Heinz Brunner (SPD Germany)

Jasper van Dijk (Socialistische Partij – Netherlands)

Kris Verduyckt (Vooruit – Belgium)

Kathrin Vogler (Die Linke – Germany)

Moderation: Angelika Claussen (IPPNW)

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Asian Generation Z’s Voice for Peace and Justice

On June 16, 2021 the IPB Asia working group hosted an informative discussion on the socio-political phenomenon currently sweeping Asia, namely that of the youth generation’s political activism. The event brought together four grassroots activists from around the continent to share in solidarity their experiences, lessons and hopes for the future of their generations. If you were unable to join us on the day, the full English version of the event can be viewed via the IPB YouTube channel. 

Speakers included:

  • Park Do-Hyung (Co-Representative of The Declaration of Global Citizen, Republic of Korea)
  • Nakayama Ayumi (Vice President of Democratic Youth League of Japan, Japan)
  • Khin Sandar (Spokesperson, General Strike Collaboration Committee and organizer for the Milk Tea Alliance, Myanmar)
  • Wisallya Ngamna (Anti-Government Protester, Northeast Thailand )

Moderators: Jessica Pardo and Stephanie Verlaan, IPB Assistant Coordinators