Operationalizing The Libya Initiative
18 March 2013 - The Ara Pacis Initiative is pleased to announce that in April 2013 the operational phase of THE LIBYA INITIATIVE action plan will be launched with initial training and experience-sharing sessions in the media, justice and social healing fields. The first course of multimedia training will be inaugurated in Tripoli on April 3rd 2013 by the President of the National Congress Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf, by the Minister of Culture, Habib Mohammed Al-Amin, and by the Minister of Media, Mohamed Yousef Sharif. The course will focus on the professionalization of competencies and talents of young people already active in the collection of testimonies, memories, stories and news...Read More
Nobel Peace Laureates Honor Liberian Women
24 January 2013 - The Nobel Women's Initiative—led by Nobel Peace Laureates Leymah Gbowee, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire—concluded a six-day visit today to Liberia hosted by the Gbowee Peace Foundation to learn first-hand from women's organizations, government officials and women community leaders the powerful work being done in the country to end gender violence and bring about lasting peace and reconciliation. The delegation witnessed the resilience and strength of Liberian women and aims to share the stories and experiences of Liberian women in building peace with women in other conflict and post-conflict regions of the world.
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Announcing The Libya Initiative
Promoting Tolerance through Human Rights Education
27 September 2012 - Ara Pacis Initiative Council Member and Vice President of the Italian Islamic Religious Community (COREIS), Imam Yahya Pallavicini, was a featured speaker of today's United Nations panel on "Civil Society and Education on Human Rights as a tool for promoting religious tolerance". Imam Pallavicini delivered remarks focused on "The best practices of Governments and civil society related to education and training programs as a tool for promotion and the guarantee of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue: the Italian Islamic Religious Community" alongside dignitaries and speakers from all over the world including event co-Chairs Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh as well as keynote speaker UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and representatives from NGOs, associations, foundations, governments and international institutions. Held as a side event of the UN General Assembly in New York, the panels explored the role of the international community in promoting tolerance and religious dialogue through education and engagement with civil society.
Rev. Cox Leads PACIS Conference for Syrian Opposition Leaders
16 May 2012 - The PACIS Project, led by API Council Member Rev. Brian Cox, is holding in the coming days a conference on Syrian National Healing and Reconciliation, taking place May 18-20 in Egypt. The first of two faith-based reconciliation processes, the PACIS project will work with Syrian opposition leaders to assist them in their assertion of moral authority and their articulation of a vision for national healing and reconciliation by creating a model and a core leadership group to become the indigenous leadership of this work. The PACIS Project in Faith-Based Diplomacy is a joint venture of the Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University Law School in Southern California and the International Center For Religion and Diplomacy, a Washington DC based non-governmental organization....Read more
"One Day After Peace" Featuring Robi Damelin
29 April 2012 - "One Day After Peace", a powerful documentary featuring Robi Damelin premieres today at Canada's Hot Docs film festival. A film by Erez Laufer and Miri laufer, "One Day After Peace" explores whether the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa can be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, and later losing her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories, Robi Damelin has experienced both conflicts firsthand. Robi's thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible...Read more
Dr. Abuelaish Receives Calgary Peace Prize
8 March 2012 - The Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary awarded the sixth annual Calgary Peace Prize to Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, leading doctor, professor and author from Gaza and Member of the Ara Pacis Initiative Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation. The Consortium noted that "his condemnation of violence and his unwavering commitment to promoting peace made him an outstanding nominee. We are honored to recognize the strength of his conviction to neither hate nor seek revenge, and the multiple ways in which he brings this vital message not only to Israelis and Palestinians, but also to the global community." Read more
A Special Thank You
1 February 2012 - The Ara Pacis Initiative would like to thank the following people for their invaluable financial and in-kind support: Don and Peggy Shriver, Massimo Gregori and Matteo Landricina. Without your generous assistance, the Ara Pacis Initiative would not be what it is today. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Donna Hicks on the Role of Dignity in Conflict
6 September 2011 - Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict, the new book by Donna Hicks, is the first to explore the common human desire for dignity and the consequences when dignity is either violated or honored, offering guidelines to help individuals and communities understand the power of dignity and how it can lead to a more peaceful world.
"This book is a must read for those who want to experience peace in their everyday lives and peace in the world around them. Without an understanding of dignity, there is no hope for such change. If you want to find the weak links in a democracy, look for where people are suffering. You will most likely see a variety of violations. If you want peace, be sure everyone's dignity is intact." -- Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
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Remembering Dekha Ibrahim Abdi15 July 2011 - It is with deep sadness that we join with many others in grieving the loss of our dear colleague Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, who died yesterday following a tragic road accident. We remember her through the thoughts she chose to share with us...Read full article
The Power and Limitations of Forgiveness
8 April 2011 - "Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate", a forthcoming PBS film by acclaimed writer, producer and director Helen Whitney, explores the timely, nearly ubiquitous applications and limitations of the concept and practice of forgiveness through a compelling range of stories, from personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide. Divided into two 90-minute acts which will air on April 17th and 24th on PBS stations across the United States, the film suggests that the decision to forgive or not is a choice at the heart of our shared humanity. Interviewed at length in the film, Ara Pacis Initiative Founding Member Donald Shriver makes the case that societies cannot truly recover from the injustices in their past without acknowledging them publically. Read the article
Embassies Gather for Stakeholders Meeting
25 March 2011 - Representatives of fifteen Diplomatic Missions gathered yesterday in Rome for a stakeholders meeting organized by the Ara Pacis Initiative and hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The participants, representing countries from all four corners of the globe, gathered to discuss the organization of an international forum on the human dimension of peace. Read the article
API Members Nominated for 2011 Nobel Prize
10 February 2011 - Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), believes that the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to a female activist who has led the way towards new paths for peace. Among those on his shortlist are Ara Pacis Initiative Founding Member Leymah Gbowee as well as Memorial/Svetlana Gannushkina and Ory Okolloh. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, also a Founding Member of API, is likewise mentioned as a strong contender. Read the article
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