April 2015. CGNK Director Joám Evans Pim was invited to deliver a speech to over 1,000 participants at the Second Conference of the Network for an Alternative Quest, held on April 3-5, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany, and organized by a broad platform of Kurdish organizations in Europe. Joám presented a paper comparing the nonkilling political arrangements proposed in India by Gandhi with those of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan that are being implemented in Kurdish-controlled Northern Syria (Rojava).
March 2015. Over sixty participants from 20 countries gathered in Vasa, Finland, for an exploratory conference on Nonkilling Education, convened on March 24-25, 2015, by the Center for Global Nonkilling and Åbo Akademi University's Program in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research.
March 2015. CGNK Director Joám Evans Pim gave a lecture at the Town Hall of the Finnish municipality of Närpes on March 21, invited by the local Peace Society (Närpesnejdens Fredsförening). Närpes, with under 10,000 inhabitants but a large refugee and migrant population from around the world, is well known for its successful model to integrate newcomers while preventing violence.
March 2015. On the afternoon of January 7, having heard that an attack had been carried out in the premises of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, I found out on the internet that Cabu figured among the journalists killed. This piece of news deeply moved me. I had come across him on several occasions during my life as an activist, and we had developed a certain friendship. The smile that lit his face expressed great serenity. He showed great gentleness.
March 2015. The World Health Organization's Violence Prevention Alliace Academic Collaborations Project Group, in which CGNK is actively involved, will be organizing a side-meeting bringing together researchers and violence prevention practitioners/policy makers one day prior to the 7th Milestones Meeting (22-23 September 2014 in Geneva). Please disseminate the attached call for proposals widely within your networks.
Call for Proposals – Meeting to bring together academics and implementers
March 2015. The Center for Global Nonkilling, in its capacity of non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, submitted a formal written statement to the UN Secretary General addressing the 28th session of the Human Rights Council, that is being held in Geneva between March 2-27, 2015.
March 2015. Åbo Akademi University in Vasa, home of the Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, will co-organize with the Center for Global Nonkilling, a exploratory interdisciplinary conference on March 23-25, 2015 focusing on the role and potential of education in bringing about a killing-free world. The event will bring toghether scholars and practitioners in the fields of education, anthropology, psychology, political science and philosophy to promote a creative exchange of ideas.
February 2015. At the invitation of Professor Dr. Anoop Swarup, Vice Chancellor of new Jagran Lakecity University in Bhopal, India, Dr. Bill Bhaneja Vice Chair of CGNK participted in the Igniting Minds Lecture Series organized by the University's School of Law & School of Humanities and Arts. Bill met on February 12 and 13 with the faculty and students and delivered a keynote address on "Nonkilling Society" outlining finer distinctions between peace, nonviolence and nonkilling and imminent importance of Nonkilling in the 21st Century.
February 2015. On the eve of 70th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's Naokhali peace march to quell communal riots at the time of India's Partition and Independence in August 1947, CGNK Vice Chair Dr. Bill Bhaneja attended the Peace Summit in Kolkata on February 2-3, 2015. Dr. Bhaneja was invited by the founder of Himsamukta Andolan (Violence Free India) movement chair and CGNK Honorary Sponsor Prof. Dr. N. R.
January 2015. CGNK's accredited Representative at the United Nations in Geneva Christophe Barbey delivered the following Oral Statement at the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEWG) on the Right to Peace informal consultation that took place on January 30 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Righta Council has been working on the right to peace since 2008 (resolution 8/9). The goal of the Working Group, established by the UN's Human Rights Council resolution 20/15, is to develop a Draft United Nations Declaration on the Right to Peace.