The Annual Justice & Peace Conference - 'The Things That Make for Peace' rakes places at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire from 17 - 19 July 2015.
This conference will seek to identify the real threats to human security and how we can work together to create a world without war. 'The Things That Make for Peace' recognises that poverty, injustice and environmental destruction are both causes and consequences of conflict, so that all the issues that we engage with across the J&P network have their part to play in building a peaceful world.
Professor Paul Rogers, School of Social and International Studies, University of Bradford. Paul works on trends in international conflict, including the politics of energy resources use and impact of climate change on international security. He will speak on 'A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot War 1945-2045'. See his weekly analysis on international security at www.opendemocracy.net.
Fr Edu Gariguez, a Filipino religious leader and environmentalist. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2012, for his voicing of protests on behalf of indigenous communities against large scale mining projects in the Philippines. He is the current Executive Secretary of National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. He will speak on 'Peace and Justice Ministry vis-à-vis Resource Conflict: the Philippine Experience' Making peace in the community: Three women's perspectives. Insights into the work of women working at the grassroots will shared by Abeer, a Progressio partner in Yemen.
Sr Maire Hayes who works in inter-faith community building in Northampton and Lorraine Dinnegan who works with young people involved in violence.
Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi, will chair the conference, and Rev Dr Martin Poulsom SDB will provide theological reflections on the inputs.
Planned workshops include: Arms Trade, Mediation, Nonviolence, Young People and Militarisation, Participatory Budgeting, Austerity and Conflict, Climate and Conflict, Racial Justice, Climate Change and Development, Refugees, Inter-religious Dialogue, Welfare not Warfare, Nuclear Morality, European Union a force for peace? Families and J&P.
There will be a programme of activities for children and young people, and a Just Fair with information and resources from many organisations.
See the Conference booking form at: http://justice-and-peace.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CONF-2015-Booking-Form-copy.pdf
NJPN website: http://justice-and-peace.org.uk/