Peace Congress 2018

Date: Saturday 7 April, 2018
Venue: The Elizabeth Fry Room, Westminster Quaker Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, WC2N 4EH.
9:30am Registration
10am Alberto Portugheis, HUFUD Founder & President
Welcome and Introduction
10:15am Peter van den Dungen, Founder and Hon. General Coordinator of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP)
Learning from the Past – the Importance of Peace History
10:45am Pere Ortega, President of the J.M. Delàs Peace Study Centre, Barcelona
The War Business: The War Begins here
11:30am Coffee break
11:45am Christophe Barbey, Coordinator of APRED
From Non-militarisation to the Culture of Peace: Tools for Progress
12:30pm HE Dr. Enrique Castillo, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Court of St. James’s
Does Humanity have a future?
1pm Lunch break
2pm Film: Chocolate of Peace by Gwen Burnyeat and Pablo Mejía Trujillo about the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó.
3:10pm Peter van den Dungen, Founder and Hon. General Coordinator of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP)
Making Peace Visible: the Importance of Peace Education
3:40pm Prof. Alicia Cabezudo, Consultant at the International Peace Bureau
Challenging the World of Today: Education for a Culture of Peace and Disarmament
4:40pm Tea break
5pm Panel Discussion and Public Debate
6pm End


Lecture // Learning from the Past – the Importance of Peace History
// Making Peace Visible: the Importance of Peace Education

Peter van den Dungen, Founder and Hon. General Coordinator of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP)

Peter Van Den Dungen

Peter Van Den Dungen in Rotterdam, next to the statue of Erasmus in Rotterdam

Was born in Haarlem (1948) but grew up in Flanders, Belgium, Antwerp province. He studied Economics at the university in Antwerp and then International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, first at the Bologna Centre in Italy and then in Washington DC (MA). This was followed by doctoral studies at the Department of War Studies, Kings College, University of London (PhD 1975).

Shortly afterwards, Peter was appointed Lecturer in Peace Studies in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire. The Department was established in 1973, following a successful appeal by Quakers that students should be able to study at university not only war, but also peace. The appeal raised half the funds necessary to establish a chair, the university contributing the other half. Bradford University has been Peter Van Den Dungen’s academic home until 2015. He has been teaching courses on peace history; the classical literature of peace; international organisation and international law; armament and disarmament; theories of international relations. Also peace education and cultures of peace.

Lecture // Challenging the World of Today: Education for a Culture of Peace and Disarmament

Prof. Alicia Cabezudo, Consultant at the International Peace Bureau

Alicia Cabezudo Ph.D. is Emeritus Professor at the School of Education, University of Rosario, Argentina and at the UNESCO CHAIR on Culture of Peace and Human Rights, University of Buenos Aires. Her work is rooted in the Contemporary History of Peace Building, Conflict Resolution and Democracy in Latin America—from a research and teaching perspective.She focused in the field of Education/Training on Democracy, Citizenship, Culture of Peace, Intercultural Dialogue, and Human Rights. She is Annual Visiting Professor at the MA in Peace Education, University of Peace, Costa Rica, MA in Mediation and Social Inclusion at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and at the MA on Development, Conflict and Peace, University Jaume, Castellon, Spain.

For ten years, she has taught Culture of Peace & Citizenship Education at Summer Institutes to students coming from Arabic countries in Alexandria and Cairo, launched in the Institute of Peace Studies (today the new Centre for Peace and Democracy) in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt. She is Visiting Professor in many international universities and was recently appointed as Faculty Member of a new Citizenship Education program at the MA in Human Rights/School of Political Sciences at University of Brasilia, Brazil and at the Peace Program in the University of Jeju Island, South Korea.

Professor Cabezudo was Vice President of the International Peace Bureau, IPB Geneva (today IPB Education Consultant); Consultant on Global Citizenship Education at the North South Centre of the Council of Europe: Lisbon/Strasbourg, and was appointed as UNESCO International Consultant on Global Citizen Education. She is recently invited to be part of the Education Experts Team of the Peace Nobel Prize Foundation, Education Department, Moscow. She is author of various publications, books, research article, international projects, and on-line courses.

Lecture // The War Business: The War Begins here

Pere Ortega, President of the J.M. Delàs Peace Study Centre, Barcelona

Researcher and analyst on issues related to peace and disarmament, specialized in defense economics. Bachelor in Contemporary History and Postgraduate in Public Finance from the University of Barcelona. President of the Delás Center for Studies for Peace in Barcelona; Professor of Economics and Conflict, and Conflictology at the Open University of Catalonia; Former President of the NGO Federation for Peace in Barcelona. Regular contributor to various magazines and newspapers.

Featured Publications:
La sociedad noviolenta (Madrid 2016), Icaria
El Lobby de la industria militar española (Barcelona 2015), Icaria
Las violencias en América Latina (Madrid 2014), Dharana
L’OTAN una amenaça global (Barcelona, 2010) Icaria
Deconstruir la guerra (Barcerlona, 2008) Generalitat de Catalunya
El militarismo en España (Barcelona, 2007) Icaria
Noviolencia y transformación social (Barcelona, 2005), Icaria

He is a regular contributor to various media and the blog: Chronicles Insumisas / Publico

Alberto Portugheis, HUFUD Founder and President

Alberto Portugheis is an international concert pianist, dedicated like his colleague Daniel Barenboim, to the pursuit of Peace, not only in the Middle East but on the entire planet. Portugheis was born in Argentina and lived for seven years in Geneva, Switzerland, before settling in the UK. Geneva being the European Headquarters of the United Nations, Portugheis experienced first-hand the workings of this complex and powerful organization. This prompted Alberto to study and analyse all wars in history and in present times and to write down his findings.

Portugheis’ writings earned him a nomination to the Nobel Peace Prize 2008. As a result of this nomination, in 2009, his first book—”Dear Ahed….. The Game of War and a Path to Peace“—was published. A second book “$$$$$s In Their Hearts” came out in 2014.

The following year, in 2015, Alberto Portugheis launched the Movement he presides, HUFUD (Humanity United for Universal Demilitarisation).

Lecture // From Non-militarisation to the Culture of Peace: Tools for Progress

Christophe Barbey, Coordinator of APRED

Christophe Barbey is a poet and a lawyer. As an active citizen, he is involved in academy doing fundamental research on peace and in advocacy, living and preparing a happy life for each and all. Presently, springing from “fundamental human rights”, he his theorizing and calling for the recognition and practice of “fundamental human methods” such as prevention, non-violence and universal peaceful settlement of disputes.

He is the Coordinator of APRED, Participative institute for the progress of peace. He runs a legal consultancy for conscientious objectors and soldiers in French speaking Switzerland and at the United Nations, is the main representative for the Center for Global Nonkilling and for Conscience and Peace Tax International.

His fields of research and action have covered a vast array of topics and practices. The study and monitoring of the 26 countries having no national armies, non-militarisation, has started in 1989. In 1998, he begin working on peace being a human right, a fact somehow now recognized by the United Nations. Peace zones brought him to inner and outer zones peace.

He served as a consultant for the inclusion of peace ant peaceful methods for the re-writing of the constitutions of the local Swiss Cantons of Vaud (1999-2002) and Geneva (2008-2012) and thus demonstrated that public institutions can become non-violent and peace prone and that peace policies should become the norm.

Christophe Barbey holds a master in Law (Fribourg, Switzerland, 1999) with majors in international law and criminology. He has written many publications mainly on countries without armies, peace zones, peace in constitutions, the human right to peace and new forms of democracy. He regularly participates in political campaigns in Switzerland and peacefully lives in the Swiss Alps.

Lecture // Does Humanity have a future?

HE Dr. Enrique Castillo, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Court of St. James’s

Main Positions performed:
Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015–
Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2011–14
Ambassador of Costa Rica, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Washington, D. C., 2007–11
Partner, Facio & Cañas Law Firm, 1980–
Deputy Secretary General for Latin America, International Association of Criminology, 1994һ99
Minister of Justice, 1994–95
Chairman of the Foreign Service Qualification Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1995–96
Ambassador to France, 1986–90
Founder, first General Director and former General Director of the Postgraduate Law School at the Universidad de Costa Rica, 1981–86 and 1995–2002.
Professor of Criminology, Criminal Sociology and Criminal Law, Universidad de Costa Rica, 1971–2001
Member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), 1978–81
Judge, 1970–71

Dr. Castillo published seven books and more than twenty articles on international relations, law and criminology.

Distinctions & Awards
Commander of the Order of the Legion d’Honneur, 2015
Literary National Award in short stories for his book “Pesadillas de un Hombre Urbano”, 2003
Chevalier of the Order of the “Palmes Académiques”, 1999
Best legal book of the year delivered by the Costa Rican Bar Association for his book “Ensayos sobre la nueva legislación procesal penal“, 1977

In 2010, he received a hommage book—Política Criminal en el Estado Social de Derecho, Editorial Jurídica Continental, San José, 2010—from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED), written by 45 professors and experts from all over the world.

Chocolate peace

A film by Gwen Burnyeat and Pablo Mejía Trujillo about the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. Chocolate of Peace depicts the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó’s experiences of resistance, narrated by the protagonists’ testimonies, and via a journey through their processes of organic chocolate production. From the seed to the product, the cacao is the narrative thread that takes us through the Community’s stories of violence and resilience, and their fight to remain neutral in the face of the Colombian armed conflict. This film offers a panorama of hope, proof that despite great difficulties it is possible to sow peace through human and economic relationships. It invites us to rethink our relationship with food, to value the efforts of those who produce it, and to build bridges between the victims of the armed conflict and other sectors of global civil society.

Gwen Burnyeat is a Wolfson PhD Scholar in Anthropology at University College London, UK, doing research on the role of the state in the Colombian peace process. She is author of ‘Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building: An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2018) and producer/co-director of ‘Chocolate of Peace’ (2016). She has worked in Colombia for eight years, including with the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Peace Brigades International, Rodeemos el Diálogo, and as lecturer in Political Anthropology in the National University of Colombia, and has written about the peace process for the London Review of Books and Latin America Bureau.