Afri welcomes International Peace Bureau to Ireland

As one of only two Irish member organisations [1], Afri is delighted to welcome the International Peace Bureau for its first ever Council meeting in Ireland. The IPB is a winner of the Nobel peace Prize and has acquired a distinguished peace promoting reputation in the course of its over 100 year existence.

The meeting will take place in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, on this week-end, November 16th – 18th, and will coincide with Afri’s annual Hedge School which will take place at the same venue. Also, as part of the Afri/IPB weekend, the annual Sean MacBride Peace Prize will be presented to two heroines of the ‘Arab Spring’ by its first ever recipient, President Michael D. Higgins.

Afri became a member of the International Peace Bureau in the 1980s at the recommendation of Sean MacBride who was IPB President for more than ten years and was also a special advisor to Afri. For this reason also we are happy to welcome the IPB and to be part of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize ceremony.

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A Climate for Peace – International Celebration of IPB’s Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, 23-26 September 2010

The International Peace Bureau (IPB) is organising a major international conference to mark its ‘Nobel-centenary year’.

One hundred years ago, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Peace Bureau (IPB). With this decision the Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized the leading role of the IPB in the international movement for peace and disarmament. Founded in 1891 in Bern, the IPB was at the time a unique co-operative structure, bringing radical, as well as liberal and conservative, champions of peace together in one organization.

Highlights of the conference will include a keynote address by Federico Mayor, a Spanish scholar and politician, who served as Director-General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999.

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