2012 Archive News

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to arrive in Belfast as part of a four-day trip to Europe. It is understood she will meet Northern Ireland’s first minister and deputy first minister, and attend an Ireland Fund dinner at Titanic Belfast. It could be one of her last foreign engagements as Washington’s most […]

The Colombian government and rebels from the Farc have concluded the first stage of peace talks aimed at ending five decades of conflict. Top government representative Humberto de la Calle said the talks in Cuba were “advancing as expected”. Farc negotiators said the atmosphere during the meetings was “very good”, but stressed that there should […]

Egypt’s prime minister has condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza as a disaster during a short visit to the territory. Hisham Qandil, who visited a hospital and talked to Palestinian politicians during his three-hour visit, said Israeli “aggression” must stop. Israel struck at more than 130 targets overnight and militants fired 11 rockets from Gaza. At […]

Peace talks aimed at ending five decades of conflict in Colombia have been delayed until Monday. The discussions between Colombian government delegates and rebels from the left-wing Farc group had been due to start in Cuba on Thursday. Few details were given, but in a statement, both sides said they needed to work on “technical […]

The African Union (AU) has backed a plan to send troops into Mali to clear the north of Islamist extremists. It endorsed the decision by West Africa’s regional bloc Ecowas on Sunday to send 3,300 troops to help Mali’s government retake the region. The plans will now go before the UN Security Council for approval […]

Belfast City Council has granted Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters the freedom of the city in a motion passed on Thursday evening. Dame Mary competed in three Olympic Games and five Commonwealth games, her first when she was 18 years old. She won gold in the women’s pentathlon in 1972. SDLP councillor Pat McCarthy […]

Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to have calmed after an unofficial truce was reached following days of violence. Israel said a mortar shell landed in the south of the country on Thursday after no reports of exchanges fighting. Five Israelis have been wounded since Tuesday amid some of the heaviest barrage […]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened a memorial in Berlin to Roma (Gypsy) Nazi Holocaust victims. The memorial – a circular pool of water with a small plinth in the middle – is in Tiergarten park, near the Reichstag, the German parliament building. The unveiling comes after years of delays and disputes over the memorial’s […]

Gunmen have wounded a 14-year-old rights activist who has campaigned for girls’ education in the Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai was attacked on her way home from school in Mingora, the region’s main town. She came to public attention in 2009 by writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban militants […]

Wayne McCullough one of Northern Ireland’s best ever boxers has became an official ambassador for the Peace Day Campaign. Wayne known affectionately (and legally after changing his name) as the Pocket Rocket has represented Ireland and Northern Ireland in both the Olympics and Commonwealth Games winning silver and gold medals respectively. Wayne went on to […]

~  Registration Is Now Open ~ 7th Annual International Conference on Engaging The Other: The Power of Compassion November 30 – December 2, 2012 ~ London, Canada At a time when polarization is the culprit, a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference addressing the roots of fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes, prejudice, polarization, scapegoating, enemy images, and artificial barriers […]

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has suspended some services near the remote South Sudanese town of Pibor, amid escalating violence. Its locally recruited staff and other residents of the towns of Lekwongole and Gumuruk have fled into the bush. The threat appears to come from a local rebel leader, David Yau Yau. He has […]

More than two thirds of people living near Northern Ireland’s peace walls cannot see a time when they will not be necessary, a new study suggests. The University of Ulster study was funded by the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers. Among other findings was that 78% of people believed segregation of communities […]

Today saw the 5th annual Official Observance of Peace Day held by Springboard Opportunities hosted this year by the Rt. Hon Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson at Belfast City Hall. The theme for this years event was “Sustainable peace for a sustainable future” in her keynote speech Springboard’s Executive Director Angila Chada remarked, “The UN […]

On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, Irina Bokova calls for the full respect of all cultures and religions in the context of the current wave of extremist violence and protests. She joins the UN Secretary General and many world leaders in condemning strongly recent acts that seek to incite hatred against the values […]

Undeniably the highlight of our Official Observance for Peace Day will once again be the presentation of the Inspiration Awards. There are three categories in total. The ‘Special Inspiration Award’ this year will be presented to Blind adventure athlete Mark Pollock for his truly inspiring achievements. A promising student at Trinity College and an international […]

If you were down in Belfast on Saturday you might have had the opportunity to meet Percy the Peace Day Panda. Percy was in the city centre raising awareness of the International Day of Peace and was a sight not to be missed, as there was a big bunch of balloons trailing behind him for […]

As part of our events for the UN International Day of Peace Springboard’s Options, Boston programme working in partnership with Disability Sports NI will host an Inclusive Games Day at Fleming Fulton School, Belfast. The group had their final preparation day this week and are very excited about the opportunity to run the event. This […]

Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of at least 11 attacks in Iraq, some targeting the security forces. In the deadliest single incident, 11 soldiers died in a shooting and bombing attack on an army base near Baghdad. Two car bombs killed a total of at least 14 people and wounded than […]

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