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Inter-regional Dialogue Addressing Critical Challenges: Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, North Africa

 The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) has a worldwide reach. From 7 to 9 September 2016, representatives of three regions—Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa—will gather in London to develop the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP). Featuring 30 parliamentarians among 140 participants coming to London from over 40 nations, the conference will enable a genuine dialogue from nations rich and poor, from Christian, Muslim and Jewish as well as many other cultural and religious perspectives. This follows the pattern of inter-regional conferences held this year in Nepal, Burkina Faso and South Korea.  

For further updates please see www.upf.orgwww.uk.upf.org, and twitter @ukUPF  #ilc_london

Please also see: UPF International Conference In London September 7 - 9

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International Leadership Conference

Inter-regional Dialogue Addressing Critical Challenges

Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, North Africa


 London, United Kingdom         September 7 to 9, 2016


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Good Governance London

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Three courses of Good Governance Education have been taught to groups in London and Brussels from the United Congolese Party(UCP). The President of the UCP,Mr Christian Malanga, requested these courses and was in the first group to advise on the content.  

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) minerals have been valued at $24 trillion dollars according to IHS experts with more than 1,100 different minerals. The main ones include: copper, cobalt, silver uranium, lead, zinc, cadmium, diamonds, gold, tin, tungsten, manganese and a rare metal such as coltan. The latter, is one of the so called 3Ts, or tantalum, tungsten and tin, and together with gold they have been instrumental in driving deadly atrocities in the eastern DRC for nearly two decades now. Since the invasion of DRC by neighbouring countries, Rwanda and Uganda, we have witnessed the DRC’s rich resources being plundered for the benefit of few. Militia and armed groups are used to terrorise civilians, mainly woman and children, using rape as a weapon of fear. DRC is not at war with anyone.

Read more: From Blood Rubber to Blood Minerals

Liz Law

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Elizabeth Law agreed with statements made earlier by Rt Hon Baroness Verma and Justina Mutale that it is a positive and necessary thing to do to involve women in leadership in partnership with men.  It is bad to exclude talent and a fresh perspectives.

She explained that the European Parliament has 35% women while the member states on average have 22% women in national level Parliaments and Assemblies. The European Women's Lobby had campaigned during 2008 to 2009 prior to European elections to increase the percentage of women in the European Parliament. The percentage had increased from 30% to 35%. They are hoping for increases also during the upcoming elections in 2014.

Read more: Women’s Leadership in Democracy: Why and How, Some Thoughts

Kanchan Jadeja

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Kanchan Jadeja commented on the deeply unfair finding that when a child starts education at age 5 years old the highest determinant of the outcome of that education at 18 years old is class. She stated that 'Education is often seen as a tool for social mobility but some would argue that it is in fact a tool of social non-mobility.' The aspiration is that education is free and allows everyone to have the same start in life.

Read more: Youth Human Rights and Education