Today is no different from any other day - it’s dark, wet, cold and rainy, yet young people are waiting at a street corner in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham. Yet today is different from other days. They are waiting to meet with Maxine Cockett and Adhi Scott, two local youth workers. Maxine and Adhi work with Bringing People Together (BPT), a Nottingham-based community project, which works with Initiatives of Change. My Story is a BPT project which provides a safe place for young people, from all walks of life, to share their experiences and make life choices.
At the international conference centre in Caux, Switzerland, Mathilde Kayitesi, Executive Secretary of Umuhuza, a local NGO and board member IofC Great Lakes Initiative, met with Nombulelo Khanyile (South African) and Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye (Nigerian) to discuss some thoughts she had about Rwanda, and how the African Co-ordination Group (ACG) could assist with the work they were doing with women and the youth. Little did they know that in less than two months they would be in Rwanda.
World peace. The expressed wish of everyone from small children to beauty pageant contestants to world leaders, the desire has become a truism. It is a goal made safe from disappointment by being unattainable. Or is it? Rachel Kohn wrote this article about the recent Caux Dialogue on Land and Security for Culture-ist.
At the launch of Lloyd Mullen's autobiographical book, entitled A Long Way from Tipperary, the audience was totally captivated by Mullen’s delightful humour as he talked about his adventures and experiences. He reflected on his life-long association with MRA (Moral Re-Armament), the early years of IofC, living in post-war Britain and how it had transformed his way of life - enabling him to work with people from different backgrounds and races.
On the morning of Thursday 11 July, the Caux dialogue on land and security conference came to an end, after five days of stimulating discussions and workshops on ways to improve the urgent environmental issues facing our planet, among which the crucially important one which is desertification, and particularly in the Sahel region of Africa. Martin Frick, Ambassador and German representative to the UN and international organizations closed the session by encouraging people to engage in local action, in the prospect of the future dialogues.
The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security has just started, and crucial issues have already been addressed in the first plenary session, held on 7 July. Luc Gnacadja, Martin Frick, Rattan Lal, Ian Johnson and Bianca Jagger have explained the importance of this conference among the 2013 Caux Initiatives for Human Security.