Friday, April 1, 2016


SNEAKPEAK: A Letter from the Conference Organisers


Europe is grappling with  massive migration, and this topic will be focused at Caux this summer. Speakers on the Official Opening, 1 July, will include Mario Gattiker, Switzerland's State Secretary for Migration; and William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organisation for Migration. 

At the conference on Just Governance for Human Security (12-17 July), workshops will be led by refugees who are active in peacemaking. 

Initiatives of Change trains refugees in peacemaking skills, enabling them to contribute to peace and cooperation in their countries of refuge, and in their home countries when they are able to return. This is one way in which Europe can contribute to peace in the Middle East and Africa.

The conference will also examine how European wealth and skills can help Africa and the Middle East to thrive, a goal which depends on enlisting Europeans, Africans and Middle Easterners in tackling corruption in all three regions.

We expect participants from over 40 countries. Among them:

  • Political and civic leaders from countries confronting violent extremism will lead sessions on the root causes of extremism, and share their experience of winning young people to better approaches.  
  • Caux Scholars from 20 countries will take part in a multi-disciplinary approach to conflict transformation, transitional justice, and principled leadership.
  • Ukrainians will describe their work for reform in governance and economic life, and the process of dialogue, which is building understanding between Ukrainians of differing backgrounds.
  • Turkish and Armenians post-graduates will dialogue on how to establish trust between their peoples.
  • Americans will tell of their work for racial reconciliation in the USA.
  • People active in the struggle to overcome corruption in governance and economic life will describe major community initiatives, which are proving effective.
  • The Institute of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Berne, will hold workshops on mediating company-community conflicts. And mediation experts will meet with people from situations of conflict and tension in sessions aimed at empowering citizens to contribute to resolution.

Hoping to welcome you to the conference.
With best wishes,

Conference coordinators


Shontaye Abegaz

John Bond 

Marianne Spreng


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