Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace ranging from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable development.
Christian Aid and the advocacy group ABColombia have welcomed the visit of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon to the UK this week. President Santos was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the name of the eight million victims of Colombia’s internal armed conflict.
On a day when Britain awakes, divided and disappointed by the EU Referendum and bruised by acrimonious campaigning, Quakers in Britain will host a ground-breaking national conference for teachers to learn how to equip pupils to handle conflict in a constructive way and to develop critical thinking skills.
The United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council have concurrently adopted resolutions on the organisation’s peacebuilding architecture, providing renewed momentum for the focus within the UN system on ‘sustaining peace.’
Quaker work is often hidden from the public gaze. As the year draws to a close, Quakers in Britain have "lifted the curtain" for a look at some 2015 initiaives which have quietly made a difference to areas of conflict, or sowed seeds of change in local communities.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has urged world leaders to find new ways to broker peace at the commemoration of 100 years since the outbreak of WW1 at Glasgow Cathedral.