The main purpose of the United Nations is the promotion and maintenance of peace. And, as the UN Resolution establishing the World Day of Peace states, "wars begin in the minds of men, it is the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed ... and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind." (A/RES/36/67, 30 November 1981) In 2001 the UN General Assembly designated the World Day of Peace as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The UN calls on all nations and peoples to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day and to commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
Each year McLaughlin College recognizes a number of UN International Days with Special Panel sessions to further the UN's call for education, public awareness on issues related to peace. This UN International Day is perhaps one of its most important. All are invited to join us for our World Day of Peace Special Panel session at McLaughlin College.
Moderator: JAMES C. SIMEON, Head of McLaughlin College and Professor of School of Public Policy and Administration, York University.
TAMARA LORINCZ, is a Phd Canadidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University and board member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. Her talk is titled, “Why Peace & Disarmament are Essential to Climate Justice."
NATALIE RIZZO is the Central Ontario Animator of Development and Peace, the Canadian member organization of Caritas Internationalis. Development and Peace supports partners in the Global South who promote alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures.
BRANKA MARIJAN is a Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares. She holds a PhD from the Balsillie School of International Affairs with a specialization in conflict and security. Branka is a board member of the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada.
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