A World Without Militarism

Date/Time 25 March, 9am to 5pm
Location Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX

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Meeting ID: 873 1650 5207

Presentations and Debates: 


Building Peace to Prevent Climate Destruction

Rebecca Eleanor Johnson 

Rebecca Eleanor Johnson is an ecofeminist peace campaigner and Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (AIDD).  Since living at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp (1982-87) she worked for nuclear disarmament agreements and became first president of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN, 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate).  Her latest publication, on the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and British nuclear policies, Nuclear weapons are banned: What does that mean for Britain? was published in January 2022. As CND vice president and part of XR Peace Council and Women in Black, Rebecca writes, speaks and mobilises people to campaign for humanitarian disarmament, militarism, peace-building and climate justice. 

Peace in the age of Global Insecurity

Chad Manian – Co-founder of HUFUD                                                                                                           

Chad Manian is an international academic, research scholar, keynote speaker, and peace activist. Co-founder of HUFUD and several leading human rights initiatives bringing together cutting-edge thinkers, Nobel laureates and industry leaders on Technology, Global Policy and Educational Reform. 

A realistic route to disarmament

Keith Best TD, MA, Cert in Public Management Services

Currently Chair Charity Forum, Chair & CEO Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust, Chair Universal Peace Federation (UK); PCC Secretary St James’s Piccadilly; Secretary Parliamentary Outreach Trust; NED of Arhag Housing Association; Patron of European-Atlantic Movement; frequent media appearances on migration and other matters; Freeman City of London; liveryman (Loriner); life member RSA.

Author several books and articles; keynote speeches both in the UK and abroad; lecturer at various American Universities. Speaks French and Welsh; married, two daughters. Ran London Marathon and abseiled down the highest hospital tower in the world (Guy’s) for charity. Enjoys being useful!

Formerly CEO of national charities SurvivorsUK, Freedom from Torture, IAS (Immigration Advisory Service), Prisoners Abroad; Vice Chair of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles; served on Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Panel on Torture Prevention; Executive Chair World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy.

Practising barrister and Member of Parliament (Anglesey/Ynys Môn); Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Wales; named in the Society Guardian as one of the 100 most influential people in public services in the UK; Major in airborne and commando forces.

The Mistake (Extracts)

Performed by Michael Mears

1942. On a squash court in Chicago a dazzling scientific experiment takes place,
which three years later will destroy a city and change the world – forever.
Two actors, one British, one Japanese, enact the compelling stories of a brilliant Hungarian scientist,
a daring American pilot and a devoted Japanese daughter, in this compelling drama
about the dangers that arise when humans dare to unlock the awesome power of nature.

The Mistake is an urgent new play by peace activist, actor and playwright Michael Mears, exploring the events surrounding the catastrophic ‘mistake’ that launched our nuclear age. It has already played to sold-out performances in Edinburgh and London.

Do we really want peace through weapons?

Professor Antonio Imeneo

Professor Antonio Imeneo, Director of the International Research Center UniFUNVIC (BFUCA UNESCO CLUBS Brazil) Europe, Co-founder of Books for Peace International Award, FISPES delegate (Italian Federation of Paralympic and Experimental Sports).

Costa Rica: A Blueprint to Achieve Disarmament

Angelo Cardona


Angelo Cardona is Vice-president of Humanity United for Universal Demilitarization (HUFU), and Board member at the International Peace Bureau.

Peace IS Possible

Alberto Portugheis, HUFUD President

Alberto, musician and Peace activist, will talk about why he believes there is only one Path to Peace.

Angie Zelter

Peace and Environmental Campaigner

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She has been an active campaigner for most of her life. She has designed and participated in nonviolent civil resistance campaigns and founded several innovative and effective campaigns. Her protests have been for a nuclear-free world that shares global resources equitably and sustainably while respecting human rights and the rights of other life forms. As a global citizen, she has expressed her solidarity with movements all over the world. This has led to numerous arrests, court appearances and incarceration. Angie has been arrested around 200 times, mostly in the UK, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Gran Canaria, Holland, Israel/Palestine, Malaysia, Poland, and South Korea. She has spent over two years in total in prison, awaiting trials on remand or serving sentences, all for nonviolent resistance protests. She is the author of several books and is the recipient of the 1997 Sean McBride Peace Prize (for the Seeds of Hope Ploughshares action), the 2001 Right Livelihood Award (on behalf of Trident Ploughshares) and the Hrant Dink Prize in 2014. She continues to actively confront the abuses of corporations, governments and the military. 

Angie Zelter received the International Peace Bureau Sean MacBride Peace Prize in 1997 (for the Seeds of Hope Ploughshares action) and, in 2001, the Right Livelihood Award (on behalf of Trident Ploughshares). She was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. She received the Hrant Dink Award in 2014.

She has written or edited the following books: 

‘Snowball – the story of a non-violent civil disobedience campaign in Britain’ edited by Angie Zelter and published in 1989 by Gandhi-in-Action in Delhi, India.

Trident on Trial – the case for people’s disarmament’ (ISBN 1-84282-004-4)  written by Angie Zelter, published in 2001 by Luath.

‘Faslane 365 – a year of anti-nuclear blockades’, (ISBN 1-906307-61-X) edited by Angie Zelter, published in 2008 by Luath.

‘Trident and international law – Scotland’s Obligations’ (ISBN 1-906817-24-3) edited by Rebecca Johnson and Angie Zelter, published by Luath in 2011. 

‘World in Chains – The Impact of Nuclear Weapons and Militarisation from a UK Perspective’, (ISBN 978-1-910021-03-3) edited by Angie Zelter, published by Luath in 2014.

‘Activism for Life’, (ISBN 978-1-910022-39-9) by Angie Zelter, published by Luath in 2021

Creating an arms-free Africa

HUFUD Africa Director Bruno Ndagga, who will talk about the impact of HUFUD activities in creating an arms-free Africa and pacifying the continent.

What can we Serbians see that others can’t? 

Stefan Slavković (1986) is a Serbian journalist from Belgrade. 

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He mostly covers politics and foreign affairs for a number of regional and national media outlets, venerable NIN Weekly magazine being his mainstay for eleven years. His reportage from Ukraine from August 2022 was awarded the Golden Nika prize at the 27th International Festival of Reportage and Media. In his speech, he will try to explain why the post-Yugoslav societies believe to be the privileged interpreters of the war in Ukraine.

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