October 2015. "Nonkilling" is featured among the main themes of two large international conferences that will be held this month in India and Nepal. On October 2-3, Jagran Lakecity University will celebrate its 2015 International Conference on Human Rights in Bhopal, India, in collaboration with the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA). "A Nonkilling World" will be one of the conference themes, to be introduced by CGNK Governing Council Treasurer Anoop Swarup.
September 2015. The Center for Global Nonkilling participated in both the 30th Regular Session of Human Rights Council and the biannual World Health Organization 7th Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting, held in the city of Geneva in October 21-24, 2015. CGNK Director Joám Evans Pim and UN Representative in Geneva Christophe Barbey were actively engaged in both events.
September 2015. CGNK director Joám Evans Pim served as co-organizer of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance First Annual Academic Meeting. This international gathering of scholars and practitioners under the theme “Merging Evidence and Implementation” occurred at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, as a side meeting to the WHO Global Campaign for Violence Prevention 7th Milestones Meeting, on September 21, 2015.
September 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 30th session of the Human Rights Council, that is being held in Geneva between September 14 and October 2, 2015. CGNK Director Joám Evans Pim and Geneva Main Representative Christophe Barbey will be present during the hearings.
September 2015. The Center for Global Nonkilling has just released its latest book Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions, which includes a selection of 13 chapters prepared mostly by members of its Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions Research Committee. The volume is co-edited by CGNK Director Joám Evans Pim and Pradeep Dhakal of the Chetanalaya, Institute for Humanity, Peace and Spirituality (Nepal).
June 2015. The UN Human Rights Committee invited NGOs including CGNK to provide their written contributions for the general day of discussion that will take place on 14 July 2015 on the preparation for a General Comment No. 36 on Article 6 (the Right to Life) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This meeting is in preparation for the Human Rights Committee’s 114th session in Geneva. The new General Comment (36) on the right to life will be adopted thereafter.
June 2015. A written statement addressing the 2015 High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council has been accepted for discussion during the Annual Ministerial Review that will be held from 6 July to 10 July 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The topic for this year's HLS is “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: what it will take” and CGNK decided to focus its intervention on "Supporting Nonkilling as a long-term development goal".
June 2015. As we approach close to a decade since the founding meeting of the Center of Global Nonkilling held in Honolulu in September 2007, the Center convened a special Futures planning meeting that took place at the Mu Ryang Sa Buddhist Temple of Honolulu, the same location of the First Global Nonkilling Leadership Forum. The organic gathering was focused on the broad question of the vision of CGNK for next decade and its long-term functioning and sustainability.
April 2015. CGNK's accredited Representative at the United Nations in Geneva Christophe Barbey participated in the third session of the Human Rights Council’s Open-ended Working Group on the Right to Peace, that convened Palais des Nations on April 20-24, 2015, seeking to finalize a Draft United Nations Declaration on the Right to Peace to be submitted by the Human rights Council for adoption by the General Assembly of the UN.
April 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, participated on April 28, 2015, at the ECOSOC Civil Society Hearing on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system. CGNK made a presence through its newly designated UN New York Representative Ryan Lavigne and also submitted a formal written statement, which is reproduced below.