Workshops

Friday 30 May

11:00- 12:30 a.m.
Peace, peoples and the United Nations The United Nations Charter is revolutionary founding act of an international legality based on the sovereignty of free and equal peoples in solidarity. Sometimes only the organisation itself, considered as a sort of central authority, is referred to, forgetting its original specific nature. It is therefore important to make the Charter known and to use it.

 

  • Speakers:
    -Roland Weyl, Droit et Solidarité, France
    -Monique Weyl, Droit et Solidarité, France
    -Raoul Brondy, Droit et Solidarité, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Droit et Solidarité

    11:00- 12:30 a.m.
    The end of the Decade: are the churches capable of overcoming violence?
    As the Decade to Overcome Violence approaches its end in 2010 the challenge to reduce, prevent and overcome violence has increased even further. The church is known for its complicity in violence while at the same time preaching peace. The ecumenical movement has chosen to consider just peace over against just war and to promote reconciliation. How does that resonate with the reality of violence as we witness it every day? What are the obstacles to overcome violence? What is the scope of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011? How can people participate?

  • Speakers:
    -Hans Ulrich Gerber, coordinator of the Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC, Switzerland
  • Moderator: Suzanne Tomaiuoli, project assistant of the Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC, Switzerland/Canada
    Room Rosa Parks
    By the World Council of Churches (WCC)

    11:15 – 12:45 a.m.
    Non-violent education and mediation within the schools in Algeria
    Four women, school health professionals trained in mediation are volunteer organizers of joint workshops aimed at raising awareness about mediation. They target school health professionals in Oran, as well as youth in non-profit associations. When knowledge and experience about non-violent methods are acquired, how can they be transmitted and practiced in schools? How can institutions be approached for a better impact on both youth and adults. Testimonies on the outcomes of the initial efforts of a promising experience, not without verious difficulties.

  • Speakers:
    -Zina Benhamamouch, psychologist, mediator and trainer on mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Réseau de Médiateurs Algériens (REMA), Algeria -Chaida Korso, dental surgeon, mediator and trainer on mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Réseau de Médiateurs Algériens (REMA), Algeria -Nadira Benketira, doctor, mediator and trainer on mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Réseau de Médiateurs Algériens (REMA), Algeria -Khadîdja Ghomari, dental surgeon, mediator and trainer on mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, president of the association Médiation à Oran (MEDIOR), Algeria
  • Moderator: Slimane Tounsi, mediator and trainer on mediation, Réseau des Médiateurs Associés Ile-de-France (RMA), France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova (without translation)
    By Non-Violence Actualité (NVA)

    11:15 – 12:45 a.m.
    The School and Non-Violence Network
    This workshop will present the creation by the French Coalition for the Decade, under the scientific responsibility of Jacques Fortin, of a network of schools developing or wishing to develop peace and non-violence education projects. Leaning on a dedicated website, this network’s goal is to allow a know-how sharing and mutual exchange of practices, resources, reflections, questions and pieces of answers concerning education for non-violence and peace. Teachers will also come and present existing experiences of peace and non-violence education in schools.

  • Speakers:
    -Jacques Fortin, former professor in education sciences, University of Lille 2 Droit et Santé, member of the Honorary Board of the French Coalition for the Decade, France
    -Aline Peignault, head teacher in Montrouge (92), France
    -Robert Kasperski, head teacher in Montargis (45), France
  • Moderator:
    Vincent Roussel, responsible for the Education commission, French Coalition for the Decade, France
    ▪ Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By the French Coalition for the Decade

    12:30 a.m. – 02:00 p.m.
    Ethics and nuclear dissuasion
    Is possession of nuclear armaments, even within the scope of nuclear deterrence, compatible with common moral rules? International agreements have been established to ban chemical and biological arms, and other weapons of mass destruction. Is it necessary and feasible to obtain a similar result for nuclear armaments and its threatening proliferations? Our contributors will try to answer these questions.

  • Speakers:
    -Patrice Bouveret, co-founder and president of Observatoire des armements / CDRPC, France
    -Michel Lafouasse, member of the Non-Violence commission, Pax Christi France, France
    -Dominique Lalanne, co-president of the coordination Abolition des armes nucléaires / Stop Essais, France
    -Father Christian Mellon, Jesuit, former secretary of the Justice and Peace commission, currently at the Centre d’étude et de recherche en action sociale (CERAS), France
  • Moderator:
    Bernard Georgeot, president of the Defense and Disarmament commission, Pax Christi France, France
    ▪ Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Pax Christi – France

    12:30 a.m. – 02:00 p.m.
    The adults’ training to non-violence: objectives and methods
    The non-violence, its ethic, its philosophy and its practices can be discovered during an entire lifetime. Non-violent organisations or training institutes have implemented peace and non-violence programmes and training units for adults. This workshop will present some of these experiences which have the particularity to be implemented on several continents at the same time, in various cultural places. We will have the opportunity to discover their ethics, their objectives, their methods and results.

  • Speakers:
    -Janet Chisholm, trainer in non-violence, American branch of IFOR, United States
    -Maria Biedrawa, member of the Community of the Ark, co-president of the French branch of IFOR/MIR and trainer in Institut de Formation Sociale (IFS), France and Austria
    ▪ Room Rosa Parks
    By the French branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), in partnership with the American branch of IFOR

    12:45 a.m. – 02:15 p.m.
    Contributing to peace through non-violent education: practical experiences in Moroccan primary schools.
    This workshop will present an experience of awareness-raising about non-violence in a Moroccan school, realized by the Moroccan Coalition for the International Decade. The speakers will introduce this experience through a data show and will then open the debate. This workshop will highlight the ways of expression of violence at school and will focus on its consequences on failure and drop-outs in Moroccan schools, as well as on the development and blossoming of Moroccan children as young pupils and citizens.

  • Speakers:
    -El Miloud Rezzouki, former teacher of mathematics, president of ACODEC and vice-president of CMDI, Morocco
  • Moderator: Soumia Skouri, development agent and president of CMDI, Morocco
    Room Ibrahim Rugova (without translation)
    By the Moroccan Coalition for the International Decade (CMDI)

    12:45 a.m. – 02:15 p.m.
    Education for citizenship and tolerance as an integral part of peace and non-violence education

  • Speakers:
    -Representatives of member organisations of CNAJEP (Comité pour les relations nationales et internationales des association de jeunesse et d’éducation populaire)
  • Moderator: Bruno Léna, Ligue de l’Enseignement, member of the Committee of the French Coalition for the Decade, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By the French Coalition for the Decade

    02:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
    The psychosocial accompaniment of domestic violence perpetrators as an alternative to violence
    This meeting will present the approach proposed to violence perpetrators in order to struggle against domestic violence, because providing help for a violence perpetrator also helps violence victims. Violence is not part of human nature, the question is to deconstruct this active violence -often suffered previously- to achieve a more harmonious man/woman relationship.

  • Speakers:
    -Pascal Courty, psychotherapist, MAN and FNACAV, France
    -Alain Legrand, psychologist, member of Parenthèse à la Violence and president of FNACAV, France
  • Moderator: Yvette Bailly, MAN, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente (MAN), in partnership with Fédération nationale des associations et des centres des auteurs de violences conjugales et familiales (FNACAV)

    02:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
    Learning from the War-Makers About Working for Peace: New Strategic Thinking for Long-Term Peace Work
    US peace workers often feel frustrated. Much of this frustration comes from actions based on a short-term, tactics-centred approach. They try to influence conventional political leaders, and seek mass media attention; yet are usually ignored by both. We will examine a new, long-term strategic approach, not dependent on approval by politicians or mass media. This new vision builds on classics of strategy such as The Art of War by Sun Tzu, plus forty years of “front-line” anti-war work.

  • Speakers:
    -Chuck Fager, director of the Quaker House of Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
  • Moderator: Marc Zarrouati, honorary president of ACAT-France and asscoiate professor of philosophy of sciences, IUFM / University of Toulouse II, France
    Room Rosa Parks
    By the International Coalition for the Decade, in partnership with ACAT-France

    02:15 p.m. – 03:45 p.m.
    Burma
    In Autumn 2007, Myanmar, name of the former Burma, has occupied the front of the international foreground through the non-violent revolt of the Burmese people, led by Buddhist monks. This workshop will go back over the political situation in that country that lives almost cut off from the world, under a military junta’s control, and it will be an opportunity to evoke non-violent actions taken in that country in favour of democracy and peace.

  • Speakers:
    -Richard Deats, former director of the magazine Fellowship (IFOR) and trainer in non-violence in Burma in 2007, United States
    -Mathieu Flammarion, general secretary of Info-Birmanie, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By the International Coalition for the Decade, in partnership with the Americain branch of IFOR

    02:15 p.m. – 03:45 p.m.
    The role of local communities in peacebuilding
    For several years, the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis has been developing a culture of peace policy towards the inhabitants, in order to allow exchange and comprehension among the different cultures living in this area, and to thereby develop the art of living together and non-violent resolution of conflicts. Exchanging information about different policy practices of local communities for a culture of peace will provide an opportunity to highlight original actions working for a better living together.

  • Speakers:
    -Azzedine Taibi, vice-president in charge of sport, youth, popular education and culture of peace, General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, France
    -Serge Perrin, member of MAN and deputy mayor of Saint-Fons (69), France
    -A representative of the Regional Council of Ile de France, France
    -A representative of City of Paris, France (to be confirmed)
  • Moderator: Marc Lehning, president of UCJG – YMCA and member of the Committee of the French Coalition for the Decade, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By the General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, in partnership with the Regional Council of Ile de France and the City of Paris

    03:30 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
    Kosovo, a European issue: what lessons, what peace?
    The last great armed conflict in Europe took place in Kosovo in 1999. Will the recognition of Kosovo’s independence be the end of that conflict or a new source of destabilisation? The European Union was unable to prevent the war that undid Yugoslavia, can it now contribute to a lasting peace? What lessons have European peace movements learnt from this experience? And how can they contribute to democratic and peaceful perspectives?

  • Speakers:
    -Catherine Samary, academic, author of Yougoslavie: de la décomposition à l’Europe (2008), France
    -Pierre Dufour, member of MAN, former observer in Kosovo for OSCE, author of Kosovo, on a marché sur la paix (2007), France
    -Ilda Mara, journalist and expert in international politics, founder of the Girokaster festival, Albania
  • Moderator: Bernard Dréano, spokesman of the international Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly and president of Centre d’études et d’intiatives de solidarité internationale (Cedetim), France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (HCA) – France

    03:30 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
    Conflict: a resource for peace and non-violent education in school
    At school, you can work on conflicts in order to develop a new approach to relationships based on communication, empathy and understanding – yourself and the others. Instead of looking for who’s responsible, teachers must help pupils to face and solve conflicts as if they were steps towards personal and social evolution with instruments employed in this process is maieutic pedagogy.

  • Speakers:
    -Daniele Novara, educationalist, director of CPPP, Italy
    -Sergio Bergami, teacher, Italian branch of IFOR and Comitato italiano per il Decennio, Italy
  • Moderator: Daniela Ricci, teacher, CPPP, Italy
    Room Rosa Parks
    By the Centro Psicopedagogico per la Pace e la gestione dei conflitti (CPPP), in partnership with the Comitato italiano per il Decennio

    03:45 p.m. – 05:15 p.m.
    Child soldiers
    In several countries, rebels and sometimes governmental armies enrol by force several thousands of children, boys and girls, and lead them to commit the worst atrocities in their struggles. This workshop will review the situation of these child soldiers today, the international policy about them and the work of international organisations and NGOs to achieve their demilitarization and to help child soldiers after they come out of military or paramilitary life.

  • Speakers:
    -Mireille Bernard, in charge of school advocacy, Paris Committee for UNICEF, France
    -Benoît Muracciole, coordinator of the Control arms Campaign, Amnesty International, France
    -Nancy Irving, general secretary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers) London, United States
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By the French Coalition for the Decade, in partnership with Amnesty International, Paris Committee for UNICEF and the Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers)

    03:45 p.m. – 05:15 p.m.
    “Living With” in order to build peace
    To live with someone who is different is a true education in peace. For to refuse those who are different is to create exclusion: economic exclusion for the homeless, social exclusion for the mentally, physically or psychically disabled, cultural exclusion for followers of a minority religious tradition. Why should a person be considered unfit to fully participate in society because of their difference? Our guests will demonstrate that to accept someone’s difference and to live with others who are different in some way modifies our vision of the world, develops our tolerance and respect for others and is a concrete way of building peace.

  • Speakers:
    -Jean Vanier, founder of the Community of Ark and Foi et Lumière, France and Canada
    -Marie-Noëlle Besançon, psychiatrist and president of Les Invités au Festin, France
    -Florence Cazo, assistant in L’Arche La Vallée, France
    -Laurent de Cherisey, promotor of a nursing-home project, France
  • Moderator: Louis Pilote, director of L’Arche en France, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Fédération de l’Arche en France

    05:00 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.
    Human rights education as an integral part of peace and non-violence education
    In September 1999, the General Assembly of the United Nations defined the culture of peace as “a set of values, attitudes, traditions and modes of behaviour and ways of life based on respect for life, ending of violence and promotion and practice of non-violence through education, dialogue and cooperation; […] full respect for and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms” (Resolution A/52/243). In this year of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), at the heart of the International Decade for the culture of peace and non-violence, this workshop will highlight the close links between human rights education and peace and non-violence education, both foundations of a culture of peace.

  • Speakers:
    -Jean-Jacques de Felice, lawyer and former president of Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), France
    -Michèle Guillaume-Hofnung, vice-president of the working group “Human rights and Ethics” at the French Commission for UNESCO and president of Institut de Médiation Guillaume-Hofnung, France
    -André Barthélémy, president of Agir ensemble pour les droits de l’Homme, France (to be confirmed)
  • Moderator: Marc Zarrouati, honorary president of ACAT-France and asscoiate professor of philosophy of sciences, IUFM / University of Toulouse II, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By the French Coalition for the Decade, in partnership with ACAT-France and Institut de Médiation Guillaume-Hofnung

    05:00 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.
    Resolution 1325 of the United Nations: a tool for reconciliation
    Women have always played important roles during armed conflicts. They have played roles in prevention and reconciliation processes, although this work is often forgotten (or not sufficiently recognized), both at the governmental level, and in peace movements. UN Security Resolution 1325 is one of the most important international mandates on gender, peace and security issues. The resolution calls for the full and equal participation of women in all peace and security initiatives, taking into account gender issues during conflicts, peacekeeping and rebuilding societies. This workshop will discuss how this resolution can be put into practice.

  • Speakers:
    -Irene Nalweyiso Kyazze, trainer in peace and non-violent conflict resolution for members of Parliament, Great Lakes, Amani Forum, Ouganda
    -Channsitha Mark , responsible for peace program with Action for conflict transformation Asia, Cambodia
  • Moderator: Cristina Reyna, in charge of gender issues, IFOR, Netherlands
    Room Rosa Parks
    By the Women Peace Program (WPP) of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)

    05:15 p.m. – 06:45 p.m.
    What non-violent action in Tibet?
    The situation of Tibet has been brought back to the international foreground these last months. The Dalai Lama, in exile in India, has reminded the cultural genocide of which the Tibetan people is suffering today because of the Chinese authorities, while reaffirming his wish to lead his action and the dialogue with these same Chinese authorities in the framework of non-violence, traditionally advocated by Tibetan bouddhism. This workshop is an opportunity to acquire a more profound understanding of the foundations and conditions required for non-violent actions for peace in Tibet.

  • Speakers:
    -Raphaël Liogier, professor at Institut d’études politiques in Aix-en-Provence and director of L’Observatoire du religieux, France
    -Vincent Metten, European director of International Campaign for Tibet, Belgium
    -A representative of Bureau du Tibet in Paris (to be confirmed)
  • Moderator: Alain Réfalo, president of Centre de Ressources sur la Non-violence Midi-Pyrénées, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By the French Coalition for the Decade

    05:15 p.m. – 06:45 p.m.
    Culture of peace and local management
    War is the ultimate breach of our environment and our public tranquility. Even preparations for war undermine our economy. How can local authorities ignore these realities? Drawing from the example of local action programmes for a culture of peace developed by the AFCDRP, this workshop will examine management and organisational methods adopted by cities that wish to implement the approach of responsibility and solidarity characterized by a culture of peace. This workshop will also allow citizens present to better measure their own intervention means.

  • Speakers:
    -Michel Cibot, general director of services in Malakoff (92) and general delegate of AFCDRP, France
    -Miho Shimma, writer and poet, IHN, Japan
    -Daniel Fontaine, mayor of Aubagne (13) and president of AFCDRP, France (to be confirmed)
    Moderator: Nicolas Gayon, territorial manager, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Association Française des Communes, Départements et Régions pour la Paix (AFCDRP), in partnership with Mayors for Peace and Institut Hiroshima Nagasaki (IHN)

    >Saturday 31st of May

    11:00- 12:30 a.m.
    Violence on T.V.: the effect on children and possible solutions
    Association “Enfance-Télé: Danger?” is an organisation that was created in 1994 after the murder of a child by 2 other children in Norway, who had reproduced what they had seen on TV the previous day. The increasing build-up of violence on TV has serious consequences (now proven by eminent specialists) on the behavior of children, born imitators, during childhood and as and future adults. In present-day society, children are increasingly either the actors or the victims of violence. Our responsibility as adults is to protect them from these forms of violence.

  • Speakers:
    -Jacqueline Grévy, president of Femmes et enfants du monde and member of COFRADE, France
    -Edith Tartar Goddet, psychosociologist specialist in adolescence, conflict resolution and violence prevention at school, France
  • Moderator:
    Janine Busson, founder and president of Association “Enfance-Télé: Danger?” and initiator of La semaine sans télé (A week without TV)
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Association “Enfance-Télé: Danger?”, in partnership with Temps de rencontre Temps de parole and Femme et enfants du monde

    11:00- 12:30 a.m.
    Learning to live in peace: the village of Neve Shalom-Wahat as Salem
    The Israeli village Neve Shalom-Waha as Salam was founded over 30 years ago. An equal number of Israeliens of Jewish and Arab (Moslem and Christian) backgrounds live and work there side by side. All the activities are based on education: the bilingual elementary school (Arabic and Hebrew) is open to different cultures. The school of peace caters to multicultural and interfaith groups who discuss their different points of view. The methods created in the village are used in other areas of conflict throughout the world.

  • Speakers:
    -Henri Millot, Les Amis français de Neve Shalom – Wahat as Salam, France
    -Anne-Marie Fileyssant, Les Amis français de Neve Shalom – Wahat as Salam, France
  • Moderator: Daniel Sée, general secretary of Les Amis français de Neve Shalom – Wahat as Salam, France
    Room Rosa Parks (without translation)
    By Les Amis français de Neve Shalom – Wahat as Salam

    11:15 – 12:45 a.m.
    Developping citizenship competencies: an example of educational cooperation between France and Colombia
    The workshop will present the results of a recent project carried out jointly by the Colombian Ministry of Education and Ecole de la Paix. The project is centered on a teaching method concerning living in harmony, adapted to the Colombian context. The speakers will explain how they adapted the original document, how they evaluated the results and how currently existing actions could be further developped.

  • Speakers:
    -Constanza Guzman, member of the programme “Compétences citoyennes”, Colombian Ministry of Education, Colombia
    -Laura Garcia, former responsible for the project, Center for Investigation and Popular Education (CINEP) of Bogota, Colombia
    -Olivier Giron, in charge of the America desk, Direction for European and international relations and cooperation, French Ministry of Education, France, (to be confirmed)
    -Maricel Sierra, psychologist, French highschool of Bogota, Colombia
    -Gloria Inès Rodriguez, specialist in education values and citizenship, Organisation of Ibero-American States, Colombia
    -A representative of Educasol, a French platform of international solidarity NGOs
  • Moderator: Richard Pétris, director of Ecole de la Paix, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By Ecole de la paix, in partnership with Educasol

    11:15 – 12:45 a.m.
    Art: a pathway to peace
    Three speakers –one on theatre, one on painting, and one on music – will explain how their different artistic experiences can help to create a climate of peace among people, especially among children, particularly in conflict situations. Art enables people to see themselves differently and to accept considering others as different and beautiful, because what they receive has no mercantile or intellectual value, only matters of the heart. In this way, art can create a different attitude towards time and space in situations of conflict.

  • Speakers:
    -Francis Marqués, actor animator who works with ATD Fourth-World, France
    -Françoise Petit, vice-president of Constellation, France
    -Françoise Dufey, lyric artist and singing teacher, Belgium and Italy
  • Moderator: Marlène Tuininga, Réseau Espérance, graduate in art-therapy, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Réseau Espérance, in partnership with Association Art Culture Communication “Congrès de la Beauté”

    12:30 a.m. – 02:00 p.m.
    Television: the dramas of advertising intended to children
    Should television advertising targeting children be banned? In Sweden it is the case, since a law passed in 2001. Why not in France? Should we talk about violence towards children when they can see about 40 and 60 ads on television wednesday mornings, depending on the channel? Do they have the means to resist excessive consumption, frequently leading to dramatic consequences: obesity, tyranny of trademarks, loss of parental authority… MAN decided to react and begin a non-violent action in order for the french legislator to forbid advertising, during programmes intented to children under 12.

  • Speakers:
    -François Vaillant, MAN, France
    -François Brune, writer, Résistance à l’Agression publicitaire, France
  • Moderator: Yvette Bailly or Elisabeth Maheu, MAN, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente (MAN)

    12:30 a.m. – 02:00 p.m.
    Civilian peace intervention: a concrete engagement towards promoting peace
    Civilians are increasingly playing an important role in crises situations in terms of human rights monitoring, international accompaniment of local activists and local populations, mediation and rebuilding of civil society, support to local organisations acting for democracy, etc. Non-governmental organisations have experimented missions of civilian peace interventions for many years. They proved to be operational alternatives when official diplomatic initiatives have failed, and when military action is whether impossible or inadequate. This panel will give an insight into the topic of civilian peace interventions, including testimonies of former peace workers.

  • Speakers:
    -Cynthia Benoist, Collectif Guatemala, France
    -François Lhopiteau, trainer in conflict resolution and civil intervention, IFMAN Normandie, France
    -Alessandro Rossi, European coordinator of Nonviolent Peaceforce, Belgium and Italy
    -Jean-Marie Müller, philosopher and writer, national spokesman of MAN, France
  • Moderator: Cécile Dubernet, PBI France and IRNC, France
    Room Rosa Parks
    By Comité français pour l’Intervention Civile de Paix (Comité ICP), in partnership with MAN, Collectif Guatemala, Nonviolent Peaceforce, CCFD, IRNC, PBI-France, Pax Christi and Comité de solidarité avec les Communautés du Bas Atrato

    12:45 a.m. – 02:15 p.m.
    In the face of critical situations: fasting and circles of silence
    In the most urgent and dramatic cases, after unsuccessful attempts for ending injustice or violence, the cry of people who choose to fast can be heard. M K Gandhi started his fasts only in serious and urgent situations. Circles of Silent people function in the same way. The two French witnesses of this workshop have experience in both Fasting and Circles of Silence, well covered by the media recently. Richard Deats from the USA will share his own testimony, his extensive experience of nonviolence in many countries, and his understanding of Gandhi’s life.

  • Speakers:
    -Frédéric-Marie Le Méhauté, one of the organisers of Circles of Silence on retention centers, Franciscan Family, France
    -Richard Deats, former director of the magazine Fellowship (IFOR), United States
  • Moderator: Alain Richard, Franciscan and non-violent militant, Franciscans International, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By Franciscans International

    12:45 a.m. – 02:15 p.m.
    Solidarity and Finance
    In order to give an answer to both ethical need of “solidarity savings” and necessity of fundraising to create activities leading to employment, some citizens created human tools. The Cigales clubs, the solidarity risk capital company Garrigues and the financial cooperative Société de la Nef result from these initiatives. Partners of (para)public mechanisms and banking area, these organisms are bearing a specific dimension: reciprocity with beneficiaries, citizen approach, networking dynamic, social and environmental aims, reflection on possible actions… attesting that financial circulation can coexist.

  • Speakers:
    -A representative of Société de la Nef
    -A representative of Cigales (to be confirmed)
    -A representative of Garrigues (to be confirmed)
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Société de la Nef

    02:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
    How can we find a way out of the violence of unemployment?
    The modern society is built on the Taylor output model and mass consumption. It sets up work as a moral value and translates it into a perquisite to benefit from the free trade model. In this context, the unemployed are disqualified and stigmatized at the same time. The society commits violence against the jobless: a compulsory tightened control as well as a detailed reflection on social minima, social aid in general… But the unemployed also commit violence against society, as a living denunciation of flexibility and employability principals, set up by the liberal economic system. This workshop’s target is to think about possible solutions to the violence of unemployment.

  • Speakers:
    -Jean-Baptiste de Foucauld, high-ranking civil servant and president of SNC, France
    -Caroline New-House Cohen, economist and volunteer at SNC, France
    -François Chédin, trainer and volunteer at SNC, France
    -Christine Voisin, former member of the programme “Parole des accompagnés”, France
    -Anne-Catherine Grassiot, former member of the programme “Parole des accompagnés”, France
  • Moderator: Jean-Louis Mouton, trainer and volunteer at SNC, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Solidarités Nouvelles face au Chômage (SNC), in partnership with the programme “Parole des accompagnés” of SNC

    02:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
    Sustainable security: energy, natural resources and conflict-moving beyond narrow perspectives
    Natural resources management (including energy resources) raises new challenges. How can we achieve fundamental change in western lifestyles to reduce our contribution to conflict in the world? This workshop will present the concept of ‘sustainable security’, the linkages between natural resources, energy security and conflict as well as the work being done on that question by Quakers in the UK in the framework of the Initiative for Peacebuilding.

  • Speakers:
    -Kat Barton, responsible for the Peace and Disarmament programme, Quaker Peace and Social Witness of Britain Yearly Meeting, Great Britain
    -Chiara Biscaldi, in charge of thematic issues at the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), Belgium and Italy
    -Diana Klein, responsible for project at Peacebuilding Issues Programme, International Alert, Great Britain
  • Moderator: Philippe Bartholmé, in charge of European issues at the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), Belgium
    Room Rosa Parks
    By Quaker International Center of Paris, in partnership with Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) and International Alert

    02:15 p.m. – 03:45 p.m.
    My brother: a man without identity papers
    This workshop will be a meeting place for French, Belgian and German associations engaged in helping migrants faced with inhuman treatment merely because they have no identity papers (arbitrary arrests, detention, forceful evictions). Experiences will be shared and partnerships created among the participants.

  • Speakers:
    -Dominique Servais, member of lay Franciscan fraternities, Belgium
    -Jürgen Neitzert, Franciscan, Germany
  • Moderator:
    Brother Michel Tayeau, Franciscan helping the “Without papers” platform in Créteil (94), Franciscan Family, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova (without translation)
    By Franciscan Family

    02:15 p.m. – 03:45 p.m.
    Meeting between Israeli and Palestinian associations here in France
    For the second time, MAN is organizing a meeting between israeli and palestinian militants for peace, in the Lyon region, after their call for meeting in a neutral “territory”. The objective: learn to know each other, to go beyond their mutual representations, in order to walk together to a non-violent resolution of this conflict. Debating, listening, sharing, playing… and getting ideas of non-violent actions to build together coming back home.

  • Speakers:
    -Serge Perrin, responsible for Israel-Palestine meetings in Lyon, MAN, France
    -Ariane Rendu, co-animator of Israel-Palestine meetings in Lyon, MAN, France
  • Moderator: Françoise Nove, MAN, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente (MAN)

    03:30 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
    Abolishing BASM and stopping banks from investing in controversial munitions
    Unfit to respect the humanitarian international law, cluster munitions are responsible for numerous civilian casualties. After the Dublin diplomatic Conference which will close the negociation cycle for the International Convention to ban cluster munitions, Handicap International will continue to diffuse information about the Oslo Process. It commits States, sensitized by civil society, to adopt an instrument that will stop the unacceptable consequences of cluster munitions on civilians. Then Amnesty International will have a good opportunity to restart its awareness campaign on bank investments in controversial weapons such as landmines and cluster munitions.

  • Speakers:
    -Jean-Marc Boivin, responsible for political action, Handicap International, France
    -Lisa Tassi, member of the Enterprise commission, Amnesty International, France
    -Aymeric Elluin, coordinator of the Armed Conflicts campaign, Amnesty International, France
  • Moderator: Jean-Marc Boivin, responsible for political action, Handicap International, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Handicap International, in partnership with Amnesty International

    03:30 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
    Nuclear power, cement of the Union of the Mediterranean?
    In the twelve months of his presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy -under the guise of answering criticism of “double standards” from the non-nuclear signatories of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and of “forestalling a confrontation between Islam and the West”- has embarked on a policy of exporting nuclear power plants, in particular to all the nations around the Mediterranean (Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt . . ). Given permeability between the civilian and military nuclear industries and the absence of the true disarmament plan that the NPT anticipates, doesn’t this policy encourage these regimes to obtain nuclear weapons?

  • Speakers:
    -Bernard Ravenel, president of Association France Palestine Solidarité, historian and author of Israël, Iran… Dénucléariser le Moyen-Orient (2007), France
    -Patrice Bouveret, co-founder and president of Observatoire des armements / CDRPC, France
  • Moderator: Martine Bernard, member of the Executive Committee of Observatoire des armements / CDRPC, France
    Room Rosa Parks (without translation)
    By Observatoire des armements/ CDRPC, in partnership with Groupe Méditerranée du Réseau Sortir du nucléaire

    03:45 p.m. – 05:15 p.m.
    Do we all have to be the same to share the same citizenship?
    This forum will present an Initiatives of Change programme, called ‘Initiative Dialogue’, which aims to promote social cohesion in the greater Parisian region. It is based on ‘dialogue circles’ involving people of different cultural backgrounds. The art is to create an atmosphere of trust and frankness in which sensitive issues can be broached in a spirit of mutual appreciation. The British participants will speak of similar experiences in their country.

  • Speakers:
    -Fekri Jmaïel, member of Initiatives of Change, teacher and co-founder of the association Vivons ensemble nos cultures à Coignières, France
    -Chantal Soler, member of Initiatives of Change, administrative assistant at Trappes’ hospital, France
    -Peter Riddell, member of Initiatives of Change, secretary of an exchange programme between Great Britain and Middle East universities, Great-Britain
    -Imam Ajmal Masroor, director of a social development center, Communities in Action Enterprises, Great Britain
  • Moderator: Béchir Labidi, member of Initiatives of Change, founder of Observatoire européen de l’enseignement de la langue arabe and of Espace Savoir Synergie, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By Initiatives of Change

    03:45 p.m. – 05:15 p.m.
    Janadesh, the non-violent march of the landless persons in India
    In the tradition of Gandhi’s non-violent marches, this is a testimony about Janadesh in 2007. In Hindi, Janadesh means “the people’s verdict”. This is the name of the big non-violent march which left Gwalior, October the 2nd of 2007. Throughout the 350 kilometres which separate Gwalior and New Delhi, the 25 000 marchers made their voices heard. They arrived in front of the Parliament of New Delhi to demand the creation of a Land High Court and of a Court of Justice, assigned solely to the conflicts about land property. Anaïs and Anne-Béatrice Scherrer took part in this march and they will share this high coloured experience with us.

  • Speakers:
    -Anne-Béatrice Scherrer, MAN, France
    -Anaïs Hammel, responsible for European participants of the march, France
  • Moderator: Guillaume Gamblin, MAN and magazine Silence, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente (MAN)

    05:00 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.
    Education for non-violence and peace in Central Africa
    Central Africa has been prey to numerous deadly wars these last decades, and the democratization of the countries of the region remains a permanent challenge. In this context – and partly because of this context – trainings on non-violence and peace for children and young people have developed with a view to train future generations to a new culture of peace and non-violence which leans on certain specific values of the traditional cultures of the peoples of the region. This workshop will present the stakes and the methods of these trainings.

  • Speakers:
    -Yawo Kapko, president of the Togolese Coalition for the Decade, Togo
    -Patrick Edou, founder of Réseau Foi, Culture et Education – Central Africa, Gabon
    -Sam Siwadio, national coordinator of the Congolese Coalition for the Decade, Democratic Republic of Congo
    -Simon Nanitelamio, responsible for a working group on the Decade and pupils education, Congo Brazzaville (to be confirmed)
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By the International Coalition for the Decade

    05:00 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.
    Active non-violence and reconciliation: when one brings about the other
    Many important changes made by non-violent actions were preceeded by reconciliation. However non-violent action can also induce reconcilation. Reconciliation can have a religious connotation but is not limited to this aspect. In this workshop we want to conceptualise this movement and relate practical experiments on three continents. The articulation between non-violence and reconciliation coincides with the preparation for 2009, declared the year of reconciliation by the U.N.

  • Speakers:
    -Hildegard Goss-Mayr, honorary president of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), Austria
    -Bernardin Banituze, Familles de paix, Rwanda
    -Richard Deats, former director of the magazine Fellowship (FOR), United States
  • Moderator: Maria Biedrawa, co-president of the French branch of IFOR, France and Austria
    Room Rosa Parks
    By the French branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)

    05:15 p.m. – 06:45 p.m.
    Comme un seul homme: the story of non-violent war resisters in Algeria (1959-1963)
    A film directed by François Chouquet in 2005, and funded by the members and Non-Violence XXI. They were 20 years old when they decided to oppose the Algerian War through non-violent means. Passive resisters, conscientious objectors, draft resisters: more than 40 years later they meet again and proceed to analyse their political engagement, echoed in today’s news. This movie explores the individual and the collective dimensions of these men’s common history, through their own accounts ; the obviousness of saying no to a colonial war led them to experience the loneliness of a choice out of the common, willingly paying with years of jail the decision to obey only their own conscience.

  • Speakers:
    -Robert Simeon, former resistant to the Algerian war, Association des réfractaires non-violents à la guerre d’Algérie, France
    -Christian Fiquet, Association des réfractaires non-violents à la guerre d’Algérie, France
  • Moderator: François Chouquet, director of the movie Comme un seul homme, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova (without translation)
    By Non-Violence XXI

    05:15 p.m. – 06:45 p.m.
    Microcredit: a solution for the emancipation and the autonomy of women?
    Everybody seems to talk about microcredit these days, especially when women are concerned. What exactly is microcredit? Who runs it? At what rate and who controls it? How is it used? Does it generate financial profits and is it useful to the whole of the community? What effect does it have on family structure and does it really empower women? All these questions will be taken up by specialists or the matter and actors of different projects across the world.

  • Speakers:
    -Hélène Leray, COFIDES, France
    -Isabelle Hillenkamp, Institut universitaire d’études du développement, Geneva, Switzerland
    -Daniel Verger, director of the international action at Secours Catholique- Réseau mondial Caritas, France
    -Hassania Chalbi-Drissi, economist and field agent in North Africa and in Sub-Saharan Africa, ONU, Marocco / Tunisia
  • Moderator: Marlène Tuininga, journalist and president of the French branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), in partnership with Association for Local Economic Development (ALED), Amnesty international and Association des Tunisiens de France (ATF)
    Sunday 1st of June

    11:30 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.
    Nuclear disarmament: project for a Convention
    There are now Conventions both for biological disarmament and for chemical disarmament. The only “Weapon of Mass Destruction” for which there is no such convention is the nuclear weapon. This Convention has been an agenda item for years. Several times the UN General Assembly has requested that States party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty commit to nuclear disarmament. However nuclear States, including France, continue to oppose it. For these States, nuclear arms should remain throughout the 21st century. A very large campaign to promote a Convention on Nuclear Disarmament was launched by NGO’s all over the world. It aims for total disarmament by 2020. This workshop will address the situation today.

  • Speakers:
    -Abraham Béhar, doctor, Association des Médecins Français pour la Prévention de la Guerre Nucléaire, France
    -Patrick Hubert, teacher, MAN, France
  • Moderator: Dominique Lalanne, nuclear physicist, member of Abolition des armes nucléaires / Stop Essais, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Abolition des armes nucléaires / Stop Essais, in partnership with Association des Médecins Français pour la Prévention de la Guerre Nucléaire and MAN

    11:30 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.
    Projet Peace Matters
    This workshop will present our new projekt “Peace Matters” and the actual activities for the start of this project: developing a peace-questionnaire and designing a peace trail in Vienna. These activities could act as exemples for future peace activities in a European Network. Our project aims to work as a preparation for the future development of “European Peace Matters”, preparing a network of activities, which could act as opposing events to the forseeable abundance of First World War mementos in the anniversary year 2014.

  • Speakers:
    -Regine Kappeler, Austrian Coalition for the Decade, Austria
    -Irmgard Ehrenberger, Austrian Coalition for the Decade and Austrian branch of the International Fellowship Of Reconciliation (IFOR) – IVB, Austria
    -Andreas Land, Austrian Coalition for the Decade and chief editor of the website www.friedensnews.at, Austria
  • Moderator: Suzanne Jalka, Association Konfliktkultur and Austrian Coalition for the Decade, Austria
    Room Rosa Parks
    By Association Konfliktkultur, in partnership with the Austrian Coalition for the Decade and the Austrian branch of the International Fellowship Of Reconciliation (IFOR)-IVB

    11:45 a.m. – 01:15 p.m.
    Today, the vendetta in Albania: need to inform and act
    This workshop is an initiative of MRAP-Vitrolles, in cooperation with the cultural center Lindart of Tirana and the French association Albania. For years, these associations have been linked with children, victims of the vendetta: they can’t go to school or have a normal social life, they are raised in the fear and the hatred of the “Stranger”. Vendetta, ‘kanun’, ‘gjakmarrja’ or blood feuds are terms all the more anachronistic at the beginning of the third millennium as they are used to describe children’s daily life. We have to stay informed to better help those who are fighting against vendetta, which is such a crual and illegitimate private justice !

  • Speakers: -Eleni Laperi, director of the cultural center Lindart, Tirana, Albania -Pascal Hamon, general secretary of the association Albania and co-responsible for an international project helping children victims of vendetta, France -Jean-Arnaud Derens, chief editor of Courrier des Balkans, France
    Moderator: Evelyne Verlaque, in charge of the Education department in MRAP federation, Bouches-du-Rhône, and president of MRAP-Vitrolles, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova (without translation)
    By Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’Amitié entre les peuples (MRAP)-Vitrolles, in partnership with the association Albania and the cultural center Lindart in Tirana (Albania)

    11:45 a.m. – 01:15 p.m.
    Non-violence and implied cultural change
    When we speak about a culture of nonviolence and peace, we must necessarily take in account the profound cultural change it implies. René Macaire (1916-1993) founder of the “Réseaux Espérance” was a pioneer of this cultural change. Throughout his life, he searched for ways to implement this change and compiled them in a book that was published in France three years after his death. In this workshop, the speakers will outline the gist of his ideas and the obstacles in three domains: psychology, the technical development and philosophy.

  • Speakers:
    -Agnès Antoine, graduate in political science and professor in École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France
    -Philippe Riché, engineer- geologist, France
    -Bernard Ginisty, philosopher, former director of Témoignage Chrétien and co-founder of ATTAC, France
  • Moderator:
    Brigitte Gerrer, pediatrician in Maternel and Childish Protection, president of Réseau Espérance, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Réseau Espérance

    01:00 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.
    Peacebuilding, nature preservation and voluntary simplicity
    The severe food crisis and, more broadly, the dramatic ecological crisis to which humanity is confronting and will increasingly face that threaten peace between peoples by exacerbating conflict causes (scarcity of fossile energy, drinkable water or agricultural resources) in a deeply unequal world. In such a situation, the question of development models and lifestyles of a rapidly growing world population becomes crucial. Isn’t it necessary to choose simpler life styles, in particular in countries that are great energy and goods consumers, to avoid a disaster? This workshop will bring some answers to that question.

  • Speakers:
    -Guillaume Gamblin, MAN and magazine Silence, France
    -Daniel Gentner, Pax Christi, France
    -Jean Azan, treasurer of Les Amis de la Conf, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By the French Coalition for the Decade

    01:00 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.
    The Mosque: a place of peace and interfaith dialogue
    Can the Mosque be a clearing house for better understanding among different peoples and their Faiths? What role can the mosque play in local government policy and European and international city twinning? These are questions which are likely to surprise people for whom Islam and Islamism look like one and the same thing. They are pertinent issues in Birmingham at the heart of England, a great crossroads of people and beliefs a historical centre of Quakerism. Can the example of “Faith Guides” and of Birmingham’s Central Mosque be picked up by Lyon, Frankfurt or Johannesburg? We shall look at this together.

  • Speakers:
    -David Forbes, Central England Quaker Meeting, Great Britain
    -Muhammad Ali, director of the Central Mosque, Birmingham, Great Britain
    -Driss Mahdi, MAN, France
  • Moderator: David Forbes, Central England Quaker Meeting, Great Britain
    Room Rosa Parks
    By Quaker International Center of Paris, in partnership with the Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers)

    01:15 p.m. – 02:45 p.m.
    Towards an international declaration on children’s right to violence-free education and to peace and non-violence education
    To reduce violence of which children are victims specifically within the educational context, and to accelerate the transition towards a culture of peace and non-violence, the International Coalition for the Decade proposes the adoption, by the member States of UNESCO, of an international declaration enshrining the right of all children to a violence-free familial and scholastic education and to an education for non-violence and peace. The speakers of this workshop will present the text of this declaration, and the campaign led by the International Coalition on that subject.

  • Speakers:
    -Alain Richard, Franciscans International, vice-president of the International Coalition for the Decade, France
    -Victoria Barrès, Association Montessori Internationale, member of the International Committee of the International Coalition for the Decade, United States and France
    -Sergio Bergami, Comitato italiano per il Decennio, member of the International Committee of the International Coalition for the Decade, Italy
  • Moderator: Cécile Blondelon, International Coalition for the Decade, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By the International Coalition for the Decade

    01:15 p.m. – 02:45 p.m.
    The adbusters in non-violent action Advertising defaces landscapes and encourages a superconsumer society which is useless and dangerous for public health and for the planet. Confronted with this aggressive advertising invasion, the members of the two-years-old “Collectif des déboulonneurs” openly deface advertising pannels or cover them with canvas during daylight. They demand that a law forbiding any panel larger than 50 x 70 cm be promulgated for public spaces. These militants act in a non-violent way and assume the responsibility of their actions with respect to the police and the courts.

  • Speakers:
    -François Vaillant, member of Collectif des déboulonneurs and chief editor of Alternatives Non-Violentes, France
    -Yvan Gradis, writer, Collectif des déboulonneurs, France
  • Moderator: Elisabeth Maheu, animator and trainer in IFMAN, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Alternatives Non-Violentes (ANV)

    02:30 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.
    What headways for human rights at the time of the Beijing Olympic Games?
    From 8 to 24 August 2008, China will welcome athletes, journalists and spectators from the whole world, for fifteen days of sports and festive encounters. Will that lead us to forget that, in this country, human rights are systematically mistreated? The “Collectif Chine JO 2008″ has been initiated by around ten French associations, who are concerned that Chinese authorities be reminded that by welcoming the Olympic Games, they committed to improve the situation of human rights. The platform submits to the Chinese government these “Eight demands for Beijing” applicable immediately.

  • Speakers:
    -Cécile Thimoreau, director of Ensemble contre la peine de mort, France
    -A representative of Reporters sans frontières, France -Marie Holzmann, sinologist, president of Solidarité Chine, France -Cai, member of Solidarité Chine, Chine (to be confirmed)
  • Moderator: Emmanuel Maistre, former director of Ensemble contre la peine de mort, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Ensemble contre la peine de mort

    02:30 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.
    The weapons’ trade control and conflicts prevention
    Everyday, about ten million people suffer from the consequences of armed violence. Weapons’ trade supplies conflicts: all over the world, one weapon for 10 inhabitants. France is the world’s 4th weapons’ exporter. To stop this tragedy, it is essential to institute a control over the sale of weapons by an international treaty on weapons trade and by adopting a european “behavior code” with a legally binding force.

  • Speakers:
    -Benoît Muracciole, coordinator of the Control Arms campaign, Amnesty International, France
    -Didier Destremeau, volunteer in charge of Arms issues, Secours Catholique – Réseau mondial Caritas, France
    -Patrice Bouveret, co-founder and president of Observatoire des armements / CDRPC, France
    -Zobel Behalal, in charge of Peace and Conflicts advocacy, Comité Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Développement, France
  • Moderator:
    Nicolas Vercken, in charge of Conflicts advocacy, Oxfam France-Agir ici, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Oxfam France – Agir ici

    02:45 p.m. – 02:15 p.m.
    Introduction to the Empatheu project: how to train adults to peace education, concrete examples from European countries
    The Empatheu project is a Grundtvig 2 project (European Union), which gathers several European organisations. Its goal is to share experience and knowledge on peace education and to develop a prototype training module for adults on non-violence and peace. Each partner will explain on a concrete way how adults can be trained in non-violence and peace in its own country: non-violent communication in Germany ; non-violence training programme in Austria; how to introduce peace and non-violence education in teachers’ training in France; the pertinence of intercultural dialogue in the Netherlands.

  • Speakers:
    -Susan Clot, psychosociologist, French Coalition for the Decade, France
    -Irmgard Ehrenberger, trainer in non-violence,
    he International Fellowship Of Reconciliation (IFOR) – Austrian IVB, Austria
    -Abe Thijs, member of Executive Committee of Kerk en Vrede (Church and Peace Netherlands), Netherlands
    -Armin Torbecke, trainer in non-violent communication, German branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) – German IVB, Germany
  • Moderator: Jan Schaake, director of Kerk en Vrede (Church and Peace Netherlands), Netherlands
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By the French Coalition for the Decade, in partnership with Kerk en Vrede and the Austrian and German branches of IFOR

    02:45 p.m. – 02:15 p.m.
    Refugees, displaced persons, host communities, how can we build peace in everyday life?
    32,9 millions is the number of people of concern for the United Nation High Commissariat for Refugees in 2006, whether refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced persons… When displaced persons arrive in the host region or country, or when they return home, movements of people, often massive, can bring major crisis and can destabilise the region: problems of understanding and cohabitation, environmental pressure, inequality for access to basic services, competition for land. When working on issues of displacement and/ or forced exile, one has to take also into consideration the question of the respect of human rights: in an armed conflict, the displaced persons face important violations of their rights. They often don’t have a clear juridical statute responding to their situation. Moroever, the right of return represents a crucial challenge for the displaced and refugees. When it’s not possible for people to return to their land, one has to think about their social and economic integration in another region or country. Therefore, the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons is a major challenge for peace.

  • Speakers:
    -Martin Vuni, programmes coordinator, diocese of Torit, South Sudan
    -Allatan Béti Kolossoum, coordinator in the refugees camp of Farchana, SECADEV, Chad
    -Abbé Paul Kakundu, Bureau diocésain de développement, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
    -Amaury Padilla, coordinator of Association pour la promotion sociale alternative (MINGA), Putumayo department, Colombia
    -Anahit Mkhoyan, coordinator of Caritas Armenia programs, Armenia
    -Elena Burtina, Comité d’Assistance civique (CAC), Russia
  • Moderator: Antoine Sondag, in charge of International Studies and Research department, Secours Catholique-Réseau mondial Caritas, France
    Room Rosa Parks
    By Secours Catholique-Réseau mondial Caritas, in partnership with SECADEV (Chad), Diocese of Torit (South Sudan), partner of Democratic Republic of Congo, Association pour la Promotion Sociale Alternative – MINGA (Colombia), Caritas Armenia and Comité d’Assistance Civique -CAC (Russia)

    04:00 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.
    Promoting environments that encourage a culture of peace
    Education as an aid to life’ in Montessori education means one adapted to children’s ages and cultures where they learn to care for themselves, their environments, inside and outside, and to respect life, plants, animals and human beings. Adults can learn to allow the child to ‘help me to help myself’. Too much or too little stimulation and help is detrimental to harmonious personal growth. Several examples from Montessori environments and others, reveal links between peaceful children and peaceful environments: ‘slow food, slow schools’. Aspects of art and culture in promoting a culture of peace will also be addressed.
    Speakers:
    -Patricia Spinelli-Delivre, director of training, ISMM, AMF and AMI, France
    -Maria Antonietta Malleo, IFOR representative to UNESCO and art history teacher at the University of Palermo, Italy
    -Victoria Barrès, AMI representative to UNESCO, France and United States
    -Alice Waters, founder of Edible Schoolyard and Chef-founder of the restaurant “Chez Panisse”, United States, (to be confirmed)

  • Moderator: Monique Perrot-Lanaud, freelance journalist, France
    Room Ibrahim Rugova
    By Association Montessori Internationale, in partnership with Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori (ISMM), Association Montessori de France (AMF), International Fellowship for Reconciliation (IFOR) and Edible Schollyard

    04:00 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.
    School Mediation in France and in Algeria. Two experiences (Génération Médiateurs & REMA-MEDIOR), one common aim: description, dialogue and debate
    When you have some pragmatic knowledge, how can you transmit it and practice it in schools? French teachers and health professionals in schools in Algeria direct mediation and positive management of conflicts workshops, with educators, youth and pupils: from 1993 in various regions of France (Génération Médiateurs), and from 2004 in Oran, Algeria (REMA-MEDIOR). Testimonies and exchanges on the promising results obtained, overcoming various difficulties…

  • Speakers:
    -Zina Benhamamouch, psychologist, mediator and trainer in mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Réseau de Médiateurs Algériens (REMA), Algeria
    -Chaida Korso, dental surgeon, mediator and trainer in mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Réseau de Médiateurs Algériens (REMA), Algeria
    -Nadira Benketira, doctor, mediator and trainer in mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Réseau de Médiateurs Algériens (REMA), Algeria
    -Brigitte Liatard, mediator and trainer in mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Génération Médiateurs, France
    -Babeth Diaz, mediator and trainer in mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, Génération Médiateurs, France
  • Moderator: Slimane Tounsi, mediator and trainer in mediation, Réseau des Médiateurs Associés Ile-de-France, France
    Room Abdul Ghaffar Khan (without translation)
    By Génération Médiateurs

    04:15 p.m. – 05:45 p.m.
    Justice and Peace through non-violence: following the example of Francis of Assisi
    Everyone proclaims to be a Justice and peacemaker. However for actually implementing it, only a few people have confidence in the nonviolent spirit and method. This small group is growing but still seems too small. Why? The testimonials provided by people varying significantly by age, who are at the same time practitioners of the gandhian nonviolence and members of the spiritual family of Francis of Assisi. M.K. Gandhi and Francois of Assisi stressed the importance of adopting a modest lifestyle to become men and women working for peace.

  • Speakers:
    -Frédéric-Marie Le Méhauté, member of the Franciscan Family who lived 3 years in Japan, France
    -Dominique Servais, Franciscan Family, Belgium
    ▪ Moderator: Alain Richard, Franciscan and non-violent militant, Franciscans International, France
    Room Jane Addams (without translation)
    By Franciscans International