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.
April 2015. On March 24-25, 2015, sixty participants from twenty countries gathered in Vasa, Finland, for an exploratory conference focusing on the role and potential of education in bringing about a killing-free world, including scholars, practitioners and students in the fields such as education, anthropology, psychology, political science and philosophy to promote a creative exchange of ideas.
April 2015. CGNK Director Joám Evans Pim was invited to deliver a speech to over 1,000 participants at the Second Conference of the Network for an Alternative Quest, held on April 3-5, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany, and organized by a broad platform of Kurdish organizations in Europe. Joám presented a paper comparing the nonkilling political arrangements proposed in India by Gandhi with those of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan that are being implemented in Kurdish-controlled Northern Syria (Rojava).
March 2015. Over sixty participants from 20 countries gathered in Vasa, Finland, for an exploratory conference on Nonkilling Education, convened on March 24-25, 2015, by the Center for Global Nonkilling and Åbo Akademi University's Program in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research.
March 2015. CGNK Director Joám Evans Pim gave a lecture at the Town Hall of the Finnish municipality of Närpes on March 21, invited by the local Peace Society (Närpesnejdens Fredsförening). Närpes, with under 10,000 inhabitants but a large refugee and migrant population from around the world, is well known for its successful model to integrate newcomers while preventing violence.
March 2015. On the afternoon of January 7, having heard that an attack had been carried out in the premises of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, I found out on the internet that Cabu figured among the journalists killed. This piece of news deeply moved me. I had come across him on several occasions during my life as an activist, and we had developed a certain friendship. The smile that lit his face expressed great serenity. He showed great gentleness.