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Laureate Alyn Ware honours women peace and disarmament advocates in Nigeria

Alyn Ware, 2009 Right Livelihood Laureate, delivered a Right Livelihood College annual lecture in Nigeria on May 25, and participated in the special event organised the day before (May 24) by the RLC campus Port Harcourt and the Centre for Conflict and Gender Development Studies to commemorate International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.

Alyn used the occasion to release Women leading for Peace and Disarmament (see below) a joint statement of members of the World Future Council and laureates of the Right Livelihood Award from around the world.

 

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May 24, 2017

‘Involving women in peace and disarmament processes elevates the prospect of their success’, according to recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council who released a statement today – Women Leading for Peace and Disarmament – to commemorate the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.

‘We highlight the success of peace and disarmament initiatives in which women have played an important role, including in Bougainville, Colombia, Iran, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Sierra Leone, and other regions around the world.’

Coming just two days after the tragic terrorist bombing in Manchester UK, the statement condemns terrorist acts and any other forms of indiscriminate violence, including the use of nuclear weapons.

‘We express concern over the existential threats to humanity and the planet from climate change and the increased threat of nuclear war – a situation which has moved the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to move the Doomsday Clock to 2½ minutes to midnight. The threats to our planet – of climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, terrorism and war – can only be overcome by nations and the global community working in cooperation – something not possible while nations maintain large and expensive militaries and threaten to destroy each other, including with nuclear weapons.’

The statement highlights the opportunity for progress on nuclear disarmament provided by the negotiations by non-nuclear States which will take place in June-July this year on a draft agreement to ban nuclear weapons, and the UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament which will take place in 2018 and will include nuclear armed and non-nuclear States.

‘UN High Level Conferences in recent years have achieved success, including agreements on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants,’ says Alyn Ware, one of the Right Livelihood Laureates endorsing the statement. ‘So we hope for similar success on nuclear disarmament at the 2018 UN High Level Conference. We also support the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb being held in New York to promote the UN nuclear ban negotiations.’

‘And we highlight the possibilities to invest in peace and sustainable development if we re-allocate just a small portion of the $1.7 trillion spent globally on the military. As such we call on governments to support the Kazakhstan proposal to reduce national military budgets by at least 1% and reallocate these resources to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.’

RLC/BICC Panel Discussion: Academic Freedom and International Cooperation at Risk – Turkey and Beyond

Academic freedom and international cooperation have been increasingly at risk in Turkey in the last years. University Deans, Professors and other scientists were forced to step down, a travel ban was imposed on many academics, and Turkish scientists working abroad were pressured to return to Turkey. Many journalists and newspaper editors have been detained and harassed, particularly since the coup attempt last year.

Dr. Özgür Mumcu, journalist with the “Alternative Nobel Prize”-awarded Cumhuriyet newspaper discussed with Antje Schlamm, Head of Section Scholarship Programmes East Central Europe, South East Europe, Turkey at DAAD, how Universities, editors and journalists deal with these restrictions on and hindrance of their work.

Call for applications: RLC Bonn Workshop announced for September!

The RLC Campus at ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany, offers scholarships for PhD students from Latin America, Asia and Africa and to participate in the international workshop on

“Mobilization for Change: Human Rights, Governance and the Empowerment of the Marginalized”, September 2-7, 2017, in Bonn. Deadline for applications via our application form is July 26, 2017. For further information, have a look into our public call. If you are interested, please use our application form.

 

RLC Public Panel Discussion: “Sustainable Food – Local Solutions to Global Problems?”

In the framework of the international RLC workshop (below), the RLC Bonn and the City of Bonn organised a public panel discussion with

The panelists talked about sustainable food production and organic agriculture as one competitive solution for the environmental, social and food security challenges of the 21st century. They shared their vast expertise and experiences and elaborated on how to successfully integrate local sustainable food production into globalised markets, on challenges and obstacles as well as their personal motivation.

RLC workshop on “Sustainable agriculture and rural transformation: meeting farmers’ needs in socio-ecological systems”

From June 10 to 15, scientists, practitioners and PhD students from 18 different countries came together at the RLC Campus in Bonn to present and discuss local level empirical research and practical development work in rural areas of developing and transition countries. Distinguished speakers Dr. Lee HeHaan (“Alternative Nobel Prize” awarded Land Institute, USA) and Prof. Lennart Olsson (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Sweden) presented different pathways of sustainable agriculture and its actual and potential contributions.

RLC Bonn PhD student presents research proposal

RLC Bonn PhD student Amit Kumar from India presented his research proposal titled ‘Contested Urban Development: Resistance, Negotiations and Daily Life Struggles of Slum Dwellers
in Mumbai, India’ at Department of Political and Cultural Change (ZEFa) on Thursday, 9 March 2017.

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The central focus of his research is to understand how forms of individual and collective resistance by slum dwellers influence the process of urbanisation in India. The work of Medha Patkar’s (RLA 1991) Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Aandolan – a right to the city movement – is an important case to his studies on the collective resistance of slum dwellers in Mumbai. Amit Kumar’s
research aims at the alternative imagination to the existing urban structures in relation to globalization.

Get-together of five RLA laureates at “Activistas para un mundo mejor” in Chile

On 5th of December, the University Austral de Chile hosted the event “Activistas para un mundo mejor” (“Activists for a better world”) and the congress “La transdisciplina hecha práctica” (“Transdisciplinarity put into practice”) together with the Right Livelihood College (RLC). The event brought together five Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award (RLA) who all participated in the opening forum “Activismo y academia: diálogo de saberes y disciplinas”: Manfred Max-Neef from Chile, Evaristo Nugkuag from Peru, Juan Pablo Orrego from Chile, Gabriel Franco from Colombia and Francsico Chico Whitaker from Brasil.

The event was a mixture of different types of activities including field trips, public discussions and music presentations. PhD student of the RLC Campus in Bonn, Germany, Alejandro Motta was among those organising a field trip to his research site of the indigenous Mapuche people. Within the programme of the event, members of the indigenous community, human rights organisations, groups of artists and University students had the opportunity to connect through various field trips and forums organised by the University Austral and the RLC.

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The economist Manfred Max-Neef was the first Latin-American to receive the Right Livelihood Award in 1983. He developed the thesis “Development on Human Scale” which identifies nine fundamental human needs that are defined by various existential categories within a matrix.

Evaristo Nugkuag Imanan is a leader of the indigenous ethnic people Aguaruna in Peru. He has dedicated his life to the protection of the civil, economical, and political rights of indigenous communities in the Amazon basin for which he was awarded the RLA in 1986.

Chilean ecologist Juan Pablo Orrego (RLA 1998) is best known for his activism against the construction of large hydroelectric plants in the Bio-Bio region in Chile. As the founder and coordinator of the Grupo Accion por el Bio-Bio, he gave life to a campaign for the defense of the Pehuenche communities and the river itself.

Poet Gabriel Jaime Franco is the co-founder and coordinator of the annual Festival Internacional de Poesia de Medellin, which received the Right Livelihood Award in 2006. Finally,

Francisco Chico Whitaker, a political and social activist, is one of the founders of Foro Social Mundial (FSM). He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2006 for his work and activism for social justice.

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RLC student Willis Okumu sucessfully completed his PhD

Willis Okumu, RLC student in Bonn, successfully completed his PhD on the topic “Meanings of Violence and Its Impacts on the Socio-Political Relations among the Samburu and Turkana of Baragoi, Northern Kenya”.  In the end of January 2017 he successfully defended his thesis.

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Further information on his research can be found in this interview which was conducted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn.

CURLS 2017 now open for registration!

The RLC partner CURLS organises a People-Planet Partnership workshop in July, 18th – August 2nd, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand.

CURLS 2017

  • Workshops with Right Livelihood Award Laureate and experience facilitators
  • Intercultural Dialogue with participants from different country
  • Experiential learning in the communities
  • Individual project design
  • Forest walk: from Ego-Self to Eco-Self
  • Inside-Out & Theater activism with experts

Students and interested individuals interested in this programme are invited to apply here: www.wellbeingsummer.wordpress.com.

 

RLC Bonn student Alejandro conducting field research in Chile

RLC Bonn PhD student Alejandro Mora Motta is developing his field work since June 2016 in Chile.
In collaboration with Right Livelihood Laureate Prof. Dr. Manfred Max-Neef and RLC Valdivia, Alejandro is currently in the field phase of his research in Los Ríos, Chile. HiAlejandro1s project focuses on how peasant and indigenous communities well-being has been affected by the model of exotic tree plantations, which is the main forestry model in Chile. He has approached different communities following a bottom up participatory approach that allows to understand the territorial transformation through the lenses of local people, and his main research focus is in rural La Unión, Municipality of Los Ríos.Alejandro3Alejandro2

Besides, Alejandro has performed collaborative research in two lines. First, he was involved with the methodological support for an indigenous community in the context of a new Law Project of Biodiversity and Protected Areas. This was thanks to the collaboration with the researcher Sarah Kelly-Richards of the Arizona University. Second, he is collaborating with the TESES group of theAlejandro4 Austral University.

As a member of the RLC Valdivia team, he was involved in the coordination, the logistics and the promotion of the event ‘Activists for a better world’, within the Congress “La transdisciplina hecha práctica”.  In this event he presented a first version of his research with the presentation “El modelo forestal chileno, entre la economía verde y el (neo)extractivismo”.