Washington, D.C. The Alliance for Peacebuilding's Annual Conference was held October 3-5th in Washington D.C.. Organized on the theme of "The Power of Collective Action" the conference featured keynotes and panels with Peace Appeal staff, board and adviers. Dr. Donna Hicks of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and author of "Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict" gave a keynote talk as part of the The Future of Peace Lecture Series. PAF Board member Jayne Docherty and Co-Director, Derek Brown presented on a panel titled "Americans Cannot Dialogue Their Way Out of this Conflict, How Do We Address Structural Grievances?" While Co-Chair Jeff Seul spoke on a panel on religious peacemaking. The three day conference was held in conjunction with the United States Institute of Peace and attracts eminent members of the peacebuilding community, diplomats, scholars, business leaders, military strategists and other specialists gathered from hundreds of organizations across dozens of countries.
Nepal and the world lost a remarkable peacemaker this past November. Padma Ratna Tuladhar passed in Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of 78. A long time human rights activist and a former independent parliamentarian who never affiliated with a single party, Patma Ratna played a key role in Nepal's peace process, along with his colleague, Daman Nath Dhunghana. He served as a facilitator and mediator in talks with the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists. A long-time collaborator and member of the Peace Appeal's Advisory Board, he is remembered by the Peace Appeal's co-founder, Hannes Siebert:
"A dear friend, mentor and one of the world’s most extraordinary peacemaker departed today. He taught us what it is to LIVE peace and respect both ally, friend and enemy. We traveled many journeys together. The most significant was serving the Nepal Peace Process together. His moral and political compass was a guide I can never forget. Today Nepal lost one of its most respected statesmen and peacemakers. Padma Ratna helped guide most of its leaders, never stopped in his work to negotiate peace, and listened to all — from the downtrodden, the poor, and the country's top leadership. Padma Ratna’s compassion, empathy and selfless service inspired us. Thank you for the privilege to hold your hand and to be your friend. Will miss you dearly!"
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