After the random killings that took place in France, Germany and the Middle East in July under the inspiration of what we cannot but call an international criminal organization, Initiatives of Change France wishes to express its shared sense of sorrow to all the victims, their relatives and friends, to the Christian community that was targeted, while strongly denouncing the inhumanity of the killing of innocents.
'We assume from afar and you can kill someone based on assumption. We have learned a bitter lesson.' This line from 'The Imam and the Pastor' film leads the report of a conference on 'International Intervention: the Future?', which took place at the Centre for International Intervention, Surrey University, on 18 and 19 July.
Over 30 million people worldwide are in need of prosthetics but have no access to them—a statistic that shocked the Caux audience. Merel Rumping from The Netherlands explained the concept of LegBank, whose mission is to ‘increase access to affordable, qualitative prostheses for low-income amputees in upcoming economies’.
On Tuesday, 19 July 2016, a public event kicked off the conference Adressing Europe's Unfinished Business on the theme ‘Passing the baton’, with four of those who were young when they participated in Caux conferences at that time.
We are excited to announce the opening of the International Peacebuilders’ Forum (IPF) 2016! In light of current trends in mass forced migration across the globe, this year’s theme of the forum is 'Peacebuilding among people displaced by violence and war.' The aim is to provide a platform and safe space for reflexivity for practitioners in refugee and migrant work, and people from these communities to deepen contextual understanding, foster collaboration and joint action, and establish an international community of peers.
Merel Segers looks back on a dialogue that was held on 28 April - 'Willem Jansen of Initiatives of Change describes dialogue as a magic word, a medicine. I experienced how true this is during an evening in the IofC centre in The Hague on the theme: "My story, your story - is there a story we can share?"'
'We want a world that is just, peaceful and sustainable, this is the dream that gives us, Initiatives of Change, our raison d’être. In order to achieve this, we must start with ourselves.' Barbara Hintermann, Secretary general of the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC), opening plenary.