Download the 2012 Programme in English here.

Outline of the Day


Voluntary gathering for reflection

Each morning before breakfast, all are welcome to join a time of quiet reflection and sharing. The theme for this reflection will be connected with the plenary theme.

Plenary Session

Each day will begin with a plenary session to hear from change-makers active in their field, focusing particularly on their own experiences.

Community Discussion

A special characteristic of the Forum is the communal life of the assembly. Participants are invited to join communities of between 12 and 20 people, which are both discussion groups and teams that participate in the practical tasks of the house.


Changemaking sessions/ Workshops

The Forum aims to be a catalyst for creative action. Change-making sessions will give an opportunity to hear from people active in projects to advance human security. Workshop sessions will allow participants to analyse a particular issue and explore ways to respond.

Open Space workshops

Open Space Technology is a format for meetings that enable diverse groups to discuss issues that matter to them. It creates a space for ideas to be shared, knowledge to be pooled, consensus to be built, and action to be identified.

Evening Program

Each evening we will offer a selection of programmes including films, and musical programmes, and informal opportunities to discuss further with other participants.



  • Mme Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of Switzerland in 2007 and 2011, will be the main speaker at the opening session of the 2012 Caux Forum for Human Security.
  • Mr Mohamed Sahnoun, Algeria, Chair, Caux Forum for Human Security; former Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
  • Dr Cornelio Sommaruga, Switzerland, former President, International Committee of Red Cross 

Living Sustainably

  • Ms Elizabeth Thompson, Barbados, UN Assistant Secretary- General; Executive Coordinator, UNCSD Rio + 20
  • Mr Luc Gnacadja, Benin, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Imam Muhammad Ashafa Nigeria Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna; awarded Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention
  • Pastor James Wuye, Nigeria, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna; awarded Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention
  • Dr Martin Frick, Germany, Head of Climate Diplomacy, E3G Third Generation Environmentalism
  • Mr Geoffrey Lean, UK, Award-winning environmental journalist
  • Dr Chris Reij, Netherlands, Centre for International Cooperation, Vrije Universiteit, expert in restoring degraded land in the Sahel region of Africa
  • Mr John D Liu, USA, Film-maker and Founder, Environmental Education Media Project
  • Ms Gina Torry, USA, UN Secretariat New York, specialising in gender and peacemaking 

Inclusive Economics

  • Dr Ekuru Aukot, Kenya, Constitutional lawyer; Chair, Selection Panel for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission; working on legal structure for oil extraction in Turkana
  • Mr Josef Winter, Germany, Chief Compliance Officer, Siemens AG
  • Mr Daniel Bekele, Ethiopia, Executive Director, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Mr Bedan Mbugua, Kenya, Director of Regional Media Development, Royal Media Services (Kenya’s largest private media organisation); Candidate, 2013 Presidential election
  • Dr John Carlisle, UK, Visiting Professor, Sheffield Business School; Chair, Cooperation Works Ltd, and The Alliance of Deming Consultants, UK
  • Mr Jim Cust, UK, International Secretariat, Natural Resource Charter
  • Ms Verity Outram, UK, Coordinator, Natural Resource Charter 

Just Governance

  • Senator Bogdan Klich , Poland, Senator, Polish Parliament; former Minister of Defence
  • Mr Steve Killelea, Australia, Founder, Global Peace Index, Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Mr Timmon Wallis, UK, CEO, Nonviolent Peaceforce

 Healing Memory and Intercultural Dialogue

  • Dr Jackie Huggins, Australia, Historian and Aboriginal spokesperson; former Co-Chair, Reconciliation Australia
  • Dr Angelo Barampama ,Burundi, Geneva University, author of ‘Beyond Hate, Building Peace’
  • Dr Rama Mani, France, Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Studies, Oxford University; Director, Global Project 'Responsibility to Protect: Southern Cultural Perspectives'
  • Prof Daryle Rigney, Australia, Dean of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Flinders University
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