UN International Day of Peace - September 21 2014
Uniting for Peace promoted the annual UN International Day of Peace - Sunday 21 & the churches' International day of prayer for peace [Sunday closest to UN day and publicised in UK as Peacemaking Sunday] for the past years, with many and varied events being held.
Churches & Inter-Faith Work - Edinburgh Programme - Summer 2014
Uniting for Peace Chair Vijay Mehta congratulated Saif Vision 2030 for hosting a conference on investment on the African continent and urged them to follow a peace agenda without which development is not possible. Please read the full article below
At the prestigious venue of the Dorchester Hotel London, Uniting for Peace held a conference on the theme of “Moving Towards Peace in the Middle East and North Africa”. There was a large attendance of more than 140 people of many nationalities including various Middle East embassies in London and supporters of Uniting for Peace.Vijay Mehta's Speech
You are invited to a conference at Dorchester London on 25th of June title: 'Moving Towards Peace in Middle East and North Africa'. The Press Release is now published and you can
Please View the press release here
Free public meeting - all welcome
Uniting for Peace hosted a Christian-Muslim Interfaith Peace event on 11th of June 2014 at Edinburgh about 'Pakistan today - Problems & Prospect'
Uniting for Peace Co-ordinator Brain Cooper was one of the speakers please read the full report below
On the World Foot-ball Cup and Education for a Culture of Peace
(Original in Spanish)
This article about peace, sports and education is written by Prof. Alicia Cabezudo of Nation University of Rosario, Argentina a supporter of Uniting for Peace.
Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire a long time supporter of Uniting for Peace has come back from an International Peace Pilgrimage to Syria and Iran from 5th of April to 14th of April 2014. Her tireless work for peace is a inspiration for all of us to do more for building a peaceful world.
Ann Patterson and I were honoured to participate in the International Peace Pilgrimage to Syria via Iran, from 5th - 14th April, 2014. During an international delegation to Syria last year, we had both promised to return to Syria, and we also fulfilled a long-held intention to visit Iran.
On Saturday, 29th March, Uniting for Peace hosted its AGM and Spring Conference 2014, at Wesley’s Chapel, London.
It was a well attended conference with over 100 people and inspiring speakers.
Annual General Meeting took place in the morning session. The meeting started with a one minute silence with tributes to Rev. Dr. Kenneth Greet and Tony Benn. Both of them were longstanding great supporters of Uniting for Peace. The business session of the AGM started with reports by the Chair, Vijay Mehta, Treasurer, Abdul Muhib and Coordinator and Churches report by Brian Cooper. After that, the elections of the executive committee took place in which last year’s committee was elected again and new additions to the Uniting for Peace committee have been made where Prue Wendt was welcomed to become the new vice president, Leena Patel and Anthony Russell as new executive committee members. The AGM concluded with remarks by Vijay Mehta and Brian Cooper.
The spring conference, 'A New Momentum for Peace: No Syria Intervention - What Next?' started around 12 noon and was chaired by Rita Payne, President of Commonwealth Journalists Association. Very inspiring speeches were delivered by distinguished panellists which included Tim Llewellyn, Baria Alamuddin, Dilip Hiro, Thomas Daffern, Vijay Mehta, Brian Cooper, Anthony Russell and Leena Patel.
A vibrant Q/A session followed which included how to contain violence, the role of media, reforms of the United Nations, economy, food shortages, expansion of NATO, ethical UK foreign policy, crisis in Ukraine, solutions to Syria Conflict, reforms of the international systems and vision of a world without war.
Speakers offered solutions ranging to present geopolitical crisis and conflicts from practical to philosophical to spiritual nonviolent solutions. It was a great opportunity for networking with the fellow peace activists who were energised to take actions for a better world.
Vijay Mehta was interviewed by the presenter Ian Henshall of RADTV on 19th of March 2014.
The interview was in 2 parts.
First part of the interview can be viewed here
Vijay Mehta's interviews starts at 19:00
Second part of the interview can be viewed here:
Vijay Mehta's interview starts at 13:12
Tony Benn, Uniting for Peace Patron, died at the age of 88 on 14 March 2014. He was one of our longest serving supporters and a inspiration for all those working for a world of Peace and Justice. It was amazing that being a pivotal figure in Labour in British Left-Wing Politics he still found time to comment and participate in our activities
There were many opportunities when I met Tony and one of them was when Uniting for Peace organised an event for Oxford. The meeting took place at Oxford town hall and was chaired by the Mayor of Oxford including Tony Benn and myself and other speakers. The town hall was packed and it was amazing to see a large audience, people from all walks of life who had come to listen to him. He was as usual in great form and the meeting and question & answer session was a great success.
He was very appreciative of our peace work particularly in the promotion of United Nations. He suggested that we should get Kofi Annan former Secretary Geneeral United Nations to be a keynote speaker at our Annual Erskine Childers Lecture. Since that time I have been trying every year to get Kofi Annan to speak for us. I have not given it up Tony and one day we are going to get him for our Annual Lecture.
Thanks for all the support and we will miss you Tony - A tribute by Vijay Mehta
On 4th of march at the Rendall House Liverpool University Globalisation Cafe hosted a talk by Vijay Mehta on his book 'The Economics of Killing'.
The meeting was chaired by Dr Phillip Leech, Teacher in International Relations who introduced Vijay to the audience. The event started with showing the film 'Change the World' which was followed by a 20 minute talk by Vijay exploring the core messages of the book.
Then the event was opened to the audience for Q&A session. Some of the questions asked by the students were humanitarian aid and poverty reduction, space race, nuclear weapons, Arab Spring, tug-of-war between US, China and Japan, Economics of Global Governance and much more. A video recording of an interview took place after the event in which vijay answered some of the questions asked by Dr Leech which will be posted on the globalisation website www.globalisationcafe.com
The book discussion event started at 5pm in university of manchester. Heena Mohammed President of the Model united Nations Society introduced Vijay to the audience which was a large gathering of more than 100 students.
The meeting started with showing the film 'Change the World' followed by a 20 minute talk by Vijay examining the core themese of the book. A vibrant Q&A session followed the event which included questions on Iraq and Syria war, reforms of the UN, globalisation and non-violent actions to stop wars. A great networking event. Vijay was accompanied by his wife shanti to Manchester.
On the evening of Tuesday 18 February Clare Politics Society University of Cambridge hosted the book discussion with Vijay Mehta as the keynote speaker. The event took place at Elton Bowring room Clare College Cambridge.
The event started with Adam Terry President of the society who introduced Vijay to the audience. After that the film 'Change the World' was shown to the audience followed by a talk by Vijay for 20 minutes.
This followed with a vibrant Q&A session in which students asked questions about jhow to contain violence in a non-violent way, war in Iraq, Hitler and Second World War, trade rigged towards the rich poeple, TAO and World Arms Trade. Afterwards networking followed by cheese and wine.
On 13th of February Vijay Mehta along with Shanti (Vijay's wife) went to Newcastle-Under-Lyme school, North Staffordshire UNA Youth for a book discussion event. It was heartneing to note so many youth, students, parents and teachers in the audience.
Vicky from UNA Youth introduced the event to the audience and reminded them that she had heard the talk of Vijay at Concorde College event hosted by UNA Shropshire. She was so inspired that she requested Vijay to come and give a talk to our school at Newcastle-Under-Lyme School.
Barry from UNA Shropshire introduced Vijay to the audience and said that Vijay had written an inscription to the book The Economics of Killing when he signed his copy of the book. In the inscription Vijay explored the solution to the Middle East conflict and said that to solve the issue all parties to the conflict Israeli's - Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and others need to sit on the table and hammer out a solution by dialogue and diplomacy of this long festering Middle East conflict.
Laurie Marrable, who organised the excellent event started the film 'Change the World' . That was followed by talk by Vijay which followed by a vibrant Q&A session.
In the Q&A students asked questions which included the Syria conflict and the usefulness of the UN, spying - surveillance operations, non-violence and culture of peace and much more. The event finished at 6 pm. Uniting for Peace literature including the latest newsletter and other material was distributed to all. A well organised event and a great networking opportunity for the future leaders of the world.
On 30th of January 2014 UN Society at SOAS invited Vijay Mehta to a book discussion event which took place at Vernon Square campus. In the first part of the program a film 'Change the World' inspired by the book was shown. This was followed by a talk exploring the core themes of the book by the author Vijay Mehta. A vibrant Q/A session followed. It was a good networking session raising the awareness of working for a peaceful solutions for the future of the world.
On 23rd of January 2014 a book discussion event took place at University of Westminister Department of Politics. The event started by Aidan Hehire lecturer International Relation of University of Westminister, introducing Vijay Mehta.
In the first part of the program a film 'Change the World' inspired by the book was shown. This was followed by a talk exploring the core themes of the book by the author Vijay Mehta. A vibrant Q/A session followed. It was a good networking session raising the awareness of working for a peaceful solutions for the future of the world.
In the discussion students were not convinced that non-violence is the answer and key to ending violence after repeated exmaples and events showing that non-violenvce works were given by Vijay. In the end Vijay Mehta requested another opportunity to be given to him to put his case for creating a violence free society.
Uniting for Peace Chair, Vijay Mehta, visited Jaipur, ‘The Pink City,’ to address a conference on “Towards a Nonviolent Future – Some Realistic Models for Peaceful Co-Existence” (5 – 8 January) convened by Anuvrat Global Organisation and Jain Vishva Bharati University. The opening ceremony of the event was performed by Governor of Uttar Pradesh, B L Joshi. The opening plenary speakers emphasised the importance of finding a realistic model of nonviolence as after thousands of peace conferences we have not been able to achieve a world without violence and war. Nonviolence has been understood at the intellectual level, but has not become a reality in daily life.
Nelson Mandela said in the pre-face of the book Karma Kurry 'ordinary people do extra ordinary things. These stories have that power to inspire people to rise and act, to make a difference'. The book Karma Kurry is celebrating the lives of real, everyday heroes.
For further information about the Karma Kurry book please contact Jaico Publishers
Uniting for Peace Chair, Vijay Mehta is visiting India to address an international peace conference to be held at the colourful Pink City of Jaipur, India on 5th – 8th January 2014. The conference is organised by Anuvrat Global Organization (ANUVIBHA), India and Jain Vishva Bharati University. The title of the conference is, “Towards a Nonviolent Future – Seeking Realistic Models for a Peaceful Co-Existence.” The conference will include 11 sessions over 3 days on the themes of nonviolence, co-existence and peace-building which will be explored by distinguished speakers from around the world.
Vijay Mehta will be speaking in two different sessions. His two lectures are below:
200 delegates from 28 different countries have registered for the conference. Eminent personalities including: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mohammad Hamid Ansari (the Vice President of India) are expected to attend and grace the occasion.
Vijay Mehta was interviewed by presenter Richie Allen of The People's Voice TV on 9th December 2013. In the show they talk about latest book of Vijay Mehta, The Economics of Killing and discuss how Military Industrial Complex is the cause of violence, wars and inequality in the world. They also discussed about solutions and actions to end this tragic scenario.
Book discussion event - Vijay Mehta meets Jan Pronk from Videogenoeg on
7th June SiB event in Utrecht
Uniting for Peace hosted a interfaith conference entitled ‘Race, Faith and World Peace’ at The Hilton, London Euston on 4th December 2013. The event, which started at 1830 was attended by 75 people from different organisations across the UK. The meeting was addressed by four distinguished speakers; Rev. Marcus Braybrooke, Vijay Mehta, Rev. Brian Cooper and Moeen Yaseen. All of the speakers emphasised the importance of cultivating inter-racial and interfaith healing and unity to build sustainable and lasting world peace. A vibrant question and answer session followed the talks, with many of the delegates giving their comments and views on the issues discussed at the event. A networking session followed afterwards. The event was also attended by a number of news agencies including IRNA, and other TV channels.
The Speeches of the delegates will be posted on the website in due course, and some more photos will be added to the photo gallery at a later date.
On 25th November 2013, UNA Gloucestershire County and Cheltenham Quakers hosted a book discussion about Vijay Mehta’s book “The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World”
The event took place at Friends Meeting House Cheltenham, started at 7:30pm by Malcolm Evans, who welcomed the delegates and introduced Vijay to the audience. The meeting started with the showing the film, Change the World, inspired by the book followed by a 20 minute talk by Vijay. Response and comments on the book were given by Chris Dickenson from UNA Gloucestershire County and Alison Crane from Cheltenham Quakers after which the floor was open for Q/A session. The Q/A session included discussion and comments, causes of wars and solutions, Military Industrial Complex and the inequalities between the nations.
The event was well organised by Alison, Chris and Malcolm Evans. Afterwards a networking session took place in which refreshments were served.
On 21st November, 2013, DEVSoc Society in the University of East Anglia hosted a book discussion on Vijay Mehta’s book, the Economics of Killing at the University Campus. The event started by Louisa Fenwick introducing Vijay to the audience, after which the film, “Change the World,” inspired by the book, was shown. A large audience listened to the core message and themes of the book which was followed by a Q/A session. The students came up with very searching questions which included taking actions for peaceful, safer and sustainable world, a networking session followed. Vijay was accompanied by Jack Wallis, Media Officer of Uniting for Peace.
Many thanks to Louisa Fenwick and team of DEVSoc Society for hosting an excellent event.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
RENOWNED peace activist and author Vijay Mehta will be visiting Tavistock to discuss his latest book next week.
Vijay is currently on a speaking tour to discuss his latest book ‘The Economics of Killing — How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Devloping World’.
The event, on Wednesday, November 20, will begin with a viewing of the film ‘Change the World’, which is inspired by the book.
Vijay is the chair of Uniting for Peace and puts foward possible solutions to the economic difficulties we face.
He argues that problems are the result of the west’s dependence on the military-industrial complex, first identified by President Eisenhower.
Vijay’s work has been praised by many, including former government ministers Lord Frank Judd and Tony Benn, former UN assistant secretary-general Denis Halliday and MP Caroline Lucas.
The event presents an important and rare opportunity to hear up-to-date discussion of the vital issues faced by us all.
The evening begins at 7.30pm in the United Reformed Church in Russell Street, and has been arranged by Tavistock Peace Action Group.
For more information visit www.tavypeace.org.uk
All content © of Tavistock Times Gazette unless stated otherwise.
At Calcutta house, a discussion hosted by United Nations Association of London Metropolitan University took place on Vijay Mehta’s latest book ‘The Economics of Killing: How the West fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World (Pluto Press).’
The event started with a 20 minute film ‘Change the World’, followed by a 30 minute talk by Vijay Mehta, on the problems and principles highlighted in the book, and the dangerous culture of violence that is destroying the world today. This was followed by a vibrant Question and Answer session, where students actively participated, bringing up important issues, such as terrorism, the practicality of nuclear disarmament and the mechanisms needed to achieve a culture of peace through non-violent means.
It was a great opportunity to meet a room full of young people from all over the world, striving for a better future for themselves, and for the world. Thanks to Tiffany and Carla for hosting such an excellent event.
Around 80 people gathered at House of Lords, London on 7th of November 2013 to discuss the ongoing conflicts and solutions for peace in Syria, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Lord Frank Judd, Vice President of Uniting for Peace welcomed the audience and spoke eloquently about the ongoing conflicts in these regions. Distinguished speakers Jeremy Keenan Author, spoke on Mali, Makram Khoury-Machool Cambridge Scholar spoke on Syria, Kate Downey of Blind-i Campaign spoke on DRC, Vijay Mehta Chair Uniting for Peace spoke on Syria, Mali and DRC - is Peace possible ? and Brian Cooper spoke on religion and conflicts.
A vibrant question/answer session followed after the talks of the speakers.
As soon as we received the text from all the speakers we will post them on the website. In the mean time please:
Read Vijay Mehta's Speech: Syria, Mali and DRC - is Peace possible ?
One of our supporters Anthony Russell has taken photos and done a report
Cambridge Hub hosted a book discussion on Vijay Mehta's latest book 'The Economics of Killing' at the Latimer Room, Clare College, Cambridge on 16th of October 2013. The event started with showing the film 'Change the World' followed by talk by Vijay Mehta and a vibrant Q/A session took place afterwards.
Many thanks to the team of Cambridge Hub, C U Russell for a outstanding and successful event. Many thanks to Pippa Smith and Jonas Knapp for a fantastic evening.
Scottish CND hosted a joint event with Uniting for Peace at Wellington Church Library on 8th October, 2013 on the Glasgow University Campus.
The event started with showing the film Change the World followed by a talk on the core messages of the book the Economics of Killing by Vijay Mehta followed by valuable contributions by Brian Cooper, Brian Quail and Alastair McIntosh, that was followed by vibrant Q/A session.
There was a lively discussions on the key points of the book, on the nuclear disarmament issue, especially in relation with Scotland, and situation in Africa and global poverty.
The event started by Professor David McCoy introducing Vijay to the audience. It started with showing the film 'Change the World' and followed by a 25 minute talk by Vijay Mehta about the core message of the book. Frank Boulton from MEDACT responded to Vijay's talk which was followed by a vibrant Q/A for over an hour.
Vijay Mehta's latest book 'The Economics of Killing' on 26th of September took place at Concord College, Acton Burnell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 7PF.
In a magnificent Chapel of the Concord College, the event started with showing the film change the world followed by a talk by Vijay Mehta and comments on the book by Reece Edmonds and Barry. The meeting concluded with vibrant Q/A sessions
The Chair John Edwards Trustee of Conway Ethical Society introducced Vijay Mehta to the audience. The event started at 11 am with the showing of the film 'Change the World' made by Uniting for Peace (www.unitingforpeace.com) which charted war since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and featured peacemakers such as Gandhi and Rev Martin Luther King Jr it explored ways of advancing non-violent initiatives.
This was followed by a 20 minutes talk given by Vijay Mehta who explored the core messages of his book 'The Economics of Killing - How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World'. The talk was followed with a vibrant Q/A which lasted about 40 minutes. The discussion was attended by a audicence of around 80 people.
By: Anne O’Connor
Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 11:48 am
At the end of a week in which the largest arms fair in the world took place in London, about 70 Justice and Peace activists, many from the host dioceses of Shrewsbury and Wrexham, attended the NJPN quarterly meeting in Chester on Saturday 14 September. Keynote speaker Vijay Mehta shared his vision for world peace, outlined in his book The Economics of Killing: How the West fuels wars and poverty in the developing world, and introduced the peace programme 4D which stands for Disarmament, Demilitarisation, Development and Democracy.
Using a short film made by Uniting for Peace (www.unitingforpeace.com) which charted war since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and featured peacemakers such as Gandhi and Rev Martin Luther King Jr it explored ways of advancing non-violent initiatives. One such idea is Peace One Day, celebrated every year on 21 September.
Founded by film-maker Jeremy Gilley just twelve years ago it has achieved a UN backed resolution for an international Day of Peace with the ultimate aim of making every day a day of peace and non-violence. Jeremy’s commitment and enthusiasm, evident in the film clip, is outstanding. I have shared his story with school and Confirmation groups to encourage and inspire young people. The theme for this year’s Peace One Day is Who will YOU make peace with?
It challenges and invites us to take personal responsibility to become peacemakers in whatever way we can. Do try to mark the day in your parishes or at home – go to www.peaceoneday.org
The overwhelming theme of the Chester meeting, in spite of all the problems in our world today, was one of hope. We all came away heartened and revitalised.
Read Vijay's Lecture
View Photos of the event
On September 4th, Vijay Mehta gave a talk at the book discussion hosted by London Region CND Council at Conway Hall, London. Dedicated peace activists working on Nuclear Disarmament for decades were there who in the question answer session challenged Vijay on how to bring peace in our society against the backdrop of militant tendencies of the government and ever increasing military spending in the world. there were discussions around trident replacement and its recent developments including the latest march at Aldermaston. The particular highlight of the evening was the Hiroshima event organised by LRCND which was attended by over 200 people including the mayor of Camden, Tony Benn, Bruce Kent etc.
Jack Wallis, media officer of uniting for peace accompanied Vijay to the talk and he was distributing Uniting for Peace literature and networking with the delegates. Jack’s impression on the meeting was it was a success and it was great to hear about exciting new projects discussed by LRCND and I was impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the members. The Q/A session was particularly insightful with all of the members contributing their thoughts after Vijay’s inspiring speech.
Vijay Mehta was one of the keynote speakers at the June meeting organised by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters in association of the Nehru Centre (The Cultural Wing of the Indian High Commision) and the Tea Board of India, as part of celebrating Assam's season.
To listen to the interview please click here - Vijay's interview starts at 15:50 and the presenter is Mike Parr
which has been broadcasted accross North West and North Wales and of course is available online.
To listen to the interview please click here
Peace News Summer Camp invited Vijay Mehta, author of The Economics of Killing, to give a talk on his book. Raceme from Uniting for Peace also accompanied Vijay to the camp.
The Summer Camp was held from 25th to 29th July at Diss, Norfolk. It was a countryside setting with plush greenery surrounded by farms. The camp had tents for hosting workshops for food and bar with a special space for children. The camp organised by Peace News which is a small self governed society, is being held for the fifth year. This year’s title of the camp was: “Taking a Lead from the Global South”
Vijay Mehta hosted his talk on Thursday, 25th July, 2013 which was followed by a vibrant Q/A session and brilliant discussion. The rural setting made the atmosphere more friendly and peaceful. Milan Rai and team of Peace News did an excellent job.
David Morgan of Socialist History Society made the opening remarks at the book discussion of Vijay Mehta's book which tool place at The Marchmont Centre,
62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB. The event attracted several different sections of society including academics, scholars and members of other organisations.
The event started by showing the film 'Change the World' followed by a talk by Vijay Mehta and concluded with a vibrant Q/A session.
Sixty-five people including representatives of the major faith traditions, attended the 2013 Edinburgh Inter-Faith Event for World Peace, held June 27 by Uniting for Peace Churches & Inter-Faith Work, on the theme 'Reflection and Action - for Peace'. Comprising talks, prayers, readings, music and meditation on peace themes, the occasion was also the 10th anniversary of these annual summer events, which began in 2003 with an inter-faith anti-war witness in the prelude to the Iraq War.
View photos of the event
A book discussion took place at a well attended House of Lords meeting hosted by Lord Sheikh on 27th of June 2013.
The book Thistle and Drone is written by Prof. Akbar Ahmed, Former High Commisioner of Pakistan to UK and now Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, Washington, DC.
The meeting was opened by Lord Sheikh who spoke about his comments on the book. That was followed by keynote address of Prof. Akbar Ahmed.
Other distinguished speakers who made comments on the book were:
Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Air Space, IIS
Owen Bennett-Jones, journalist and author of Pakistan: Eye of the storm
Irfan Husain, Journalist and Author, Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West
Vijay Mehta, Author of The Economics of Killing and Peace Campaigner.
The event was ably Chaired by Rita Payne, President Commonwealth Journalists Association.
Large gethering of students from different parts of Netherland gathered at Institutio Cervantes Utrecht to attend Vijay Mehta's book discussion 'The Economics of Killing'.
The event started by showing the film 'Change the World' followed by introdcution to the meeting by Ronnie Hossain and Marjolijin Snippe who introduced Vijay Mehta to the audience.
The author of the book Vijay Mehta took 20 minutes to bring the high lights of the book 'The Economics of Killing' to the audience. That was followed by comments on the book by Jan Pronk Former International Minister and a student respondent from Dutch United Nations Association. A vibrant Q/A session followed the talks.
The event was a great success and was ably organised by Noura Akdi and the team of SIB. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dutch World Federalists (WFBN) by whose co-operation the event became a success.
To view photos of the event click here
An event hosted by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters in association with Nehru Centre (the Cultural Wing of Indian High Commission) and Tea Board of India as a part of "Celebrate Assam" took place on 14th of June at Nehru Centre
The event was chaired by Humphrey Hawksley BBC Foreign Correspondent. The other speakers were Rita Payne, Chair Commonwealth Journalists Association and Vijay Mehta Chair Uniting for Peace.
The event was hosted by Rini Kakati. It was a well attended and well organised event in which many dignitaries took place including the Chairman of Tea board of India.
Click here to view newsletter
Hosted a public meeting for a book discussion of VIJAY MEHTA's book "THE ECONOMICS OF KILLING" How the West fuels war and poverty in the developing world. The event was opened by Neville Grant who introduced Vijay Mehta to the audience. A short film 'Changing the World' was shown followed by a talk by Vijay Mehta who summarised the key themes of the book in his talk. This was followed by a vibrant Q&A session.
See Vijay Mehta's talk and photo gallery
The fact that the economic West takes advantage of developing countries is a whisper on the wind that often blows out of earshot when placed next to the loud and bold political proclamations of international aid and development do-goodery.
Vijay Metha blows apart the myth of governmental philanthropy without reward and delves into the military-industrial complex which, as he meticulously argues, consistently beats down peaceful progress.
Economics of Killing" by India Infoline News Servic,
Oct 15, 2012
At this important time in history when India needs more growth for poverty reduction, it is dangerously militarising itself which is a provocation for more violence and terrorism, Vijay Mehta along with many others are concerned that in a country with a history of nonviolent leadership, why are we embarking on a path of destruction instead of working for the interest of its citizens.
The shift in world military spending specially to the three big developing countries in Asia, India, Pakistan and China, is a beginning of a new cold war in the region. According to the report released by SIPRI March, 2012, India now is the world’s biggest weapons purchaser (10%) global arms imports along with 4 other countries all in Asia - South Korea (6% of total arms transfers), Pakistan (5%), China (5%) and Singapore (4%). The top leaders, elites and corporation for their profit and greed have plunged the Asian subcontinent into turmoil. This is one of the prime reasons for terrorism, violence, and extreme poverty in India and around.
Mehta exposes the spiralling cycle of militarism that underlies the economic crisis that rocked the world in 2008. Mainstream economists ignore the burden and wastefulness of the military economy when they attempt to explain the economic crisis. Mehta makes it clear that we are trapped in a wasteful killing–based economy that deifies all logic, morality and common sense. The world´s resources are finite; more than one billion people live in abject poverty without sufficient food, clean water, decent housing, adequate medical care or education. Yet we continue at a frightening pace to produce more armaments from thriving military industries; the latter provided with government aid as only they are exempt from trade agreement regulations on industry receiving special benefits from host governments.
On Thursday, May 23rd 2013, a workshop of experts to evaluate and provide input from United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, as well as a global perspective, on the draft United Nations Declaration Right to Peace took place at the University of Middlesex. Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace along with distinguished delegates including Dr. William Schabas, Professor in the School of Law, Carlos Villán Durán, Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law, Cess Flinterman, Member of Human Rights Committee, David Fernández Puyana, Specialist on International Human Rights Law and Millius Palayiwa, Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation England gave their input in all the sessions of the workshop.
Our members and supporters will be pleased to know that we have received a translation of 4D for World Peace in French. Thanks to Daniel Jakopovich a committee member of Uniting for Peace who have been instrumental in getting it done.
Uniting for Peace is supporting SMK in helping to find a campaigner for their SMK campaigner award 2013. For full details click here
Our members and supporters will be pleased to know that we have received a translation of 4D for World Peace in Italian. Thanks too for Mladen Jakopovich a committee member of Uniting for Peace who have been instrumental in getting it done. Translations in Hindi, Italian and French are being prepared
Vijay Mehta gave a talk on 2nd May 2013 on The Economics of Killing which was well organised and was a success with vibrant Q/A session. The event was hosted by Southampton Hub.
On 1st May 2013, Vijay Mehta gave a presentation on his recently published book The Economics of Killing hosted by Bristol University Model MUN Society.
Our members and supporters will be pleased to know that we have received a translation of 4D for World Peace in Croato-Serbian. Thanks too for Mladen Jakopovich a committee member of Uniting for Peace who have been instrumental in getting it done. Translations in Hindi, Italian and French are being prepared
On 24th April 2013, in Houses of Parliament, United Kingdom Peace Index (UKPI) was launched. Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace (UfP) and Crystal Jones, UfP Media Relations and Content editor joined the event.
Steve Killelea, founder of Global Peace Index gave a presentation exploring the fabric of peace in UK from 2003 to 2012. The UK Peace Index shows that the UK is 11 per cent more peaceful now than it was 10 years ago, with a sharp decline in homicide and crime. [Read report]
A large gathering of members and supporters of Uniting for Peace gathered at Wesley’s Chapel on Saturday 20th April to take part in Uniting for Peace AGM and Spring Conference 2013. The event started with a welcome address by Chair, Vijay Mehta. After that, tributes were paid to Uniting for Peace late President, Lord Peter Archer, Peer and Solicitor General for 1974-1979 and a much respected parliamentarian. Brian Cooper, Frank Jackson and Vijay Mehta praised the outstanding work of Lord Archer on peace, human rights and interfaith work. [Read full Report]
On Friday 29th March 2013, Vijay Mehta gave an interview to Tarmak Media to be broadcasted on Al Nahar TV, an Egyptian Satellite Channel viewed in 23 Arab countries.
The interview focused on Vijay Mehta’s commitment to pacifism and his views on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan including militarism and solution to present multiple crisis.
The full interview will be available soon.
A book discussion on Vijay Mehta’s book ‘The Economics of Killing’ hosted by Warwick Hub, Warwick University took place at Warwick Campus, Coventry on 5th March, 2013. The event kicked off with showing the film Change the World followed by a 20 minute talk by Vijay on the core message of the book, followed by vibrant Q/A session.
Among the engaging questions asked – Hasan raised a question of reasons for western countries for endlessly engaging in military interventions.
Salonee Jaidhara asked about globalisation and it’s affect on the bottom billion.
One of the interesting question asked by another student was capitalism and peace – are they compatible?
It was a very good networking opportunity and we had a lot of feedback.
Read Vijay Mehta's Lecture
Uniting for Peace's President Lord Peter Archer's memorial Service
took place in the House of Lords.
On Tuesday 12th February a number of MPs, peers and representatives from civil society took part in a memorial to The Rt Hon the Lord (Peter) Archer of Sandwell, QC at The Robing Room, House of Lords. Lord Archer’s wife, Lady Margaret, universally known as Miff, and son John were present at the memorial. [Read more...]
Arms and the merchants of death
Feb 03, 2013 - Sreeram Chaulia
Vijay Mehta's book The Economics of Killing was reviewed in the Asian Age.
Destructive spirals spun by the international weapons trade intensify war and bloodshed. Who are the kingpins of the arms-exporting business and why have they not been brought to book for endangering international peace and security? In a radical new book, The Economics of Killing...[Read more...]
UnitingforPeace Chair Vijay Mehta giving educational & inspirational talk in Oxford on 25th of January 2013, on his recently published book 'The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World'
Students from a number of colleges of Oxford University gathered at Turl Street Kitchen Oxford to hear Vijay Mehta's talk hosted by Oxford Hub. The event was oranised by Will Duncan and the team of Oxford Hub. In his talk Vijay conveyed the core messages of his book The Economics of Killing. The event started by showing a film 'Change the World' which is based and inspired by Vijay Mehta's book. The talk followed by a vibrant Q/A session. Among the audience present were Millius Palayiwa Director of Fellowship of Reconcilliation England, Ravi Kumar of UNA Birmingham and Jack from Bristol.
Vijay Mehta addressed an International Peace Conference hosted by Northwestern University illinois, Chicago on 17 - 19 January 2013
Vijay Mehta addressed an International Peace Conference hosted by Northwestern University Illinois, Chicago on 17 - 19 January 2013. The title of the conference was 'Human Rights and International Peacekeeping: From Military Intervention to Local Anti-Violence Efforts.' It was an excellent conference, well organised, with distinguished speakers, including Arthur Boutellis, Tom Crick, Fabienne Hara, Ambassador Robert Chatterton Dickson, Dove Pressnall, Tom Oliver and Vijay Mehta. As over the three days Vijay realised how much more work peace activists have to do for reducing violence and making a peaceful world. If the ideas presented in the conference, on peace keeping, protection of Human Rights and UN Reforms are followed, it will go a long way in solving some of the seemingly intractable problems we face today. The outstanding efforts of NCUHR in hosting the International Peace and Human Rights Conference is an example of building a world full of peace and justice...Read Vijay Mehta's relection on the conference.
View Photos and Read Lecture
The reports are below:
Beyond the Blue Helmet: The Human Rights of Peacebuilding
Delegates learn about violence interruption from CeaseFire
NUCHR Panel 2 - Beyond Enforcing the Peace: The Role of Troops in ReconstructionClosing Keynote: Tom Oliver
The Economics of Killing Book by Vijay Mehta Now Translated and Available in Korean Language
Vijay Mehta's recently published book The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World has now got a Korean translation. For further information please visit the Korean Publisher Kaemagowon's website
For translating the page to English please use Google Translator
Vijay Mehta’s India trip was for two weeks in November 2012 where three book discussions of The Economics of Killing took place in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. During the stay, he also received a peace and justice award from iCONGO (Indian Confederation of NGO’s www.icongo.in) [Read more...] [Photo Gallery]
[View video Part 1] [Video Part 2]
iCONGO Peace and Justice Award for Vijay Mehta
iCONGO (Indian Confederation of NGO’s) has selected Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace, as the Global Indian Karmaveer Puraskaar. [Read more...]
From left-to-right: Brian Cooper, Marwan Darweish, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vijay Mehta and Tim Llewellyn
The conference in House of Commons took place on Thursday 8th of November 2012 at 6pm. The title of the conference was "Middle East - Is Peace Possible ?"
The distinguished speakers gave talks and explored obstacles and strategies to establishing peace in one of the most war-torn region of the world [Read more...]
On Tuesday 23rd of October Vijay Mehta gave a talk at Bristol University. The talk was about the book discussion of 'The Economics of Killing' . The meeting started by showing the film 'Change The World' which explores the 4D for World Peace Campaign launched by Uniting for Peace in 2012. After that Vijay Mehta and Students of Bristol University had a discussion on the book 'The Economics of Killing'. For full speech of Vijay Mehta [Read more...]
From left-to-right: Diana Frances, Millius Palayiwa and Vijay Mehta
Diana Frances, Millius Palayiwa and Vijay Mehta were keynote speakers at conference called to be Peacemakers' on 20th October Saturday at Friends House. The title of the conference was 'Money, Power, and Peace...what are you living for ? There was a very vibrant participation and Q&A session in the morning. In the afternoon session a number of workshops took place which inspired young people to be messengers of peace. [Read Vijay Mehta's Lecture...] and [View photos of the event]
Vijay Mehta's book The Economics of Killing review appeared on 15th of October 2012 on India Infoline
Over 100 students attended a book launch discussion of Vijay Mehta's book The Economics of Killing at University of Sussex International Relations Society on 4th October 2012
Read the lecture and see event photos.
Linda Hartling, Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies has reviewed Vijay Mehta (Chair of Uniting for Peace) book 'The Economics of Killing'
The Canadian National Newspaper reported on Erskine Childers Lecture 2012 held in Hilton Hotel London and also on Vijay Mehta's book The Economics of Killing as a headline news on 28th September posted by Ameer Tarin [Read more...]
Uniting for Peace had its 2012 Annual Erskine Childers Lecture on 10th September attended by over hundred people at the Hilton London Euston. Jan Pronk, the keynote speaker gave a excellent and thought provoking lecture and afterwards the meeting ended with a vibrant Q&A session. To read the lecture [Read more..]
For photos of the lecture [Click here]
Mayor of Hiroshima Matsui Kazumi sent a Peace Declaration from the city of Hiroshima
8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945. Our hometown was reduced to ashes by a single atomic bomb. The houses we came home to, our everyday lives, the customs we cherished—all were gone: “Hiroshima was no more. The city had vanished. [Read more...]
UNA Putney and Roehampton
The UN Security Council - how it works and is it time for reform ?
Date: Monday 15th September, 2014
Time: 6 pm start
Venue: Putney Methodist Church
Gwendolen Ave, London SW15 6SN
Contact: Robert Storey
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion and screening of the film 'Change the World' organised by UNA Bexhill and Hastings
Date: Saturday, 27th September, 2014
Time: Starts 10:30am
Contact: Linda Bailey
Uniting for peace
Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2014
The Human Right to Peace
Foundation for a Just International Order
Alfred de Zayas
United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur
Date: Thursday 9th October
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Hilton London Euston
17-18 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H OHT
Contact: Vijay Mehta
Uniting for Peace Annual Conference
Date: Tuesday 25 November
Time: 6.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Venue: House of Lords, Room 4a
Who rules the world ?
Flash points and power rivalries from Europe to Far East
Speakers to be announced
Moving Towards Peace in the Middle East and North Africa
Date: Wednesday 25 June, 2014
Time: 6 pm start
53 Park Lane
London W1K 1QA
A New Momentum for Peace - No Syria Intervention - What Next?
UK's Ethical Foreign Policy - After No War on Syria can soft power prevail ?
Saturday 29 March
Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Venue: Wesley’s Chapel
49 City Road
London EC1Y 1AU
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion and screening of the Film 'Change the World' organised by Cardiff and District UNA
Thursday 27 March
7 pm start
Temple of Peace,
King Edward VII Avenue,
Robin Attfield AttfieldR@cardiff.ac.uk
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion and screening of the film 'Change the World' organised by University of Liverpool
Date: Tuesday 4 March 2014
Time: 3.30 - 5.00 pm
Contact: Dr Philip Leech
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion and screening of the film 'Change the World' organised by Manchester Model United Nations Society
Date: Thursday 27 February
Time: starts 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm
University of Manchester
University Place, Room 1.218,
Manchester, M13 9PL
Contact: Heena Mohammed
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Clare Politics, Clare College, Cambridge
Date: Tuesday 18 February
Time: Starts 8 pm
Venue: Clare College, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TL
Contact: Adam Terry
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by North Staffordshire UNA Youth
Date: Thursday 13 February
Time: Starts at 4 pm
Venue: Newcastle Under Lyme School, Mount Pleasant, Newcastle Under Lyme, ST5 1DB
Contact: Reece Edmonds
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by UN Society at SOAS
Date: Thursday 30 January
Time: Starts at 6.00 pm
Venue: Room No. VG06, Vernon Square Campus, SOAS, London WC1X 9EW
Contact: Rahim Lakhani
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by University of Westminister Department of Politics and International Relations
Date: Thursaday 23 January
Time: Starts 6.00 pm
Venue: 32 - 38 Well Street, London, W1T 3UW (Top floor)
Contact: Aidan Hehir email@example.com
5 - 7
Towards a Nonviolent Future: Seeking Realistic Models for Peaceful Co-existence and Sustainablity organised by Anuvrat Global Organisation (Anuvibha)
Anuvibha Jaipur Kendra, Opposite Gaurav Tower, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur, India
S L Gandhi
Race, Faith and World Peace
Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue: Hilton London Euston
17-18 Upper Woburn Palace
London WC1H 0HT
Vijay Mehta - firstname.lastname@example.org
0207 377 2111
Brain Cooper: 0131 446 9545
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by The Grimshaw Club.
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: London School of Economics, The LSESU Grimshaw International Relations Club, Clement House 2.02
Contact: Valerie Tang
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by UNA Gloucestershire County & Quaker Peace Group
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Venue: Cheltenham Friends Meeting House, Cheltenham Gloucestershire
Contact: Christopher Dickenson,
+44 (0)1242 870260, Alison Crane email@example.com
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by DEVsoc and PSI society
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: Arts 01.02 (a lecture theatre) on UEA (University of East Anglia) campus, Norwich Research Park, Norwich
Contact: Louisa Fenwick Louisa.Fenwick@uea.ac.uk
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by Tavistock Peace Action Group
Time: 19:30 Start
Venue: Tavistock United Reformed Church, Russell St, Tavistock
Devon PL19 8BD
Contact: Ginny Davies
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by London Metropolitian University
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Venue: Calcutta House, CM4-2 Old Castle Street, E1 7NT
Contact: Please contact Tiffany at: firstname.lastname@example.org
13 - 25
UNA Westminister Hosting Film Festival
Time, venue details and synopses
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by The York University Green Party
Time: 18:30 Start
Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing
Venue: V/N/123 Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 5DD
Contact: Alfie Van den Bos - email@example.com
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by RUHL, Diplomatic Society
Time: 18:00 start
Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing
Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey (Room to be decided, please email Maria for details)
Contact: Maria Rodriguez Schaap - firstname.lastname@example.org
Unting for Peace Annual Conference The Real Agenda: Syria, Mali and DRC - Terrorism, or Resource Wars ?
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Schumacher College
Schumacher College, The Old Postern, Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EA
Peace Service 2013
Time: 3 pm
Address: Dover Unitarian Church,
Adrian Street, Dover, CT17 9AT
Led by Andreas Weisner Uniting for Peace
Contact: Andreas Weisner,
Mobile: 07960 684 758
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by: Philosophy Politics and Economics, University of Oxford
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing
Venue: Corpus Christi Auditorium, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF
Contact: Eve McQuillian - email@example.com
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion by Cambridge Hub
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Venue: Wellington Church Library, 77 South Park Avenue, Glassgow, G12 8LE
Contact: Flavia T
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Queen Mary University and Medact
18:00 - 19:30
Morris Lecture Theatre
Robin Brooke Centre
Barts Hospital West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE
October / November
Quakers in York
Talking of Peace
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by UNA Lymington
Concord College and UNA Shropshire welcomes you to a book discussion on Vijay Mehta’s latest book: The Economics of Killing
Sunday Lecture: The Economics of Killing 11:00
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents Sunday Lecture: The Economics of Killing - Vijay Mehta
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
21 - 22
UNITING for PEACE - September Peace Days 2013
UN Peace Day September 21 - Peacemaking Sunday September 22
20 - 21
The Peace & Anti-War
Movement on the eve of the first world war - lessons for
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street. Manchester, UK
Due to unavoidable circumstances the Annual Erskine Childers lecture 2013 has been cancelled.
The Series of Annual Erskine Childers lecture for 2014 will continue.
Uniting for Peace apologises for any inconvenience
2013 Annual Erskine Childers lecture, United Nations and European Union - can they work together for peace, democracy and rule of law ?
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by London Campaign Against Arms Trade
Unit4, 5-7 Wells Terrace,
London N4 3JU
Contact: Ian Pocock
Pope John XXIII’s Landmark Document, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) organised by NATIONAL JUSTICE & PEACE NETWORK (NJPN)
Vijay Mehta, author of The Economics of Killing
St Columba, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1SA
Ann Kelly - firstname.lastname@example.org
Read Vijay's Lecture
View Photos of the event
13 - 15
IPB (International Peace Bureau) Triennial gathering, Stockholm
“THE ECONOMICS OF KILLING” book discussion organised by London Region CND
Vijay Mehta, author of The Economics of Killing
Time:: 20:00 - 21:00
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Contact: David Polden - email@example.com
of AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) Burghfield
“THE ECONOMICS OF KILLING” book discussion organised by Peace News Summer Camp,
16:30 - 18:30
Woolsey Bridge Fields, Burston Road, Diss., Norfolk
New Economics Foundation London is hosting The Economics of Killing book discussion event at
3 Jonathon Street,
London SE11 5NH
Social History Society, London is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
at the Marchmont Centre, London, UK
A book discussion on Prof. Akbar Ahmed's book 'The Thistle and the Drone' at the House of Lords
UfP Churches & Inter-Faith for Peace cordially invite you to:
2013 Edinburgh INTER-FAITH EVENT for WORLD PEACE
Annual Summer Occasion
' REFLECTION and ACTION -- for PEACE
"The Role of India's North - East in Global Development"
An event hosted by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters in association with Nehru Centre (the Cultural Wing of Indian High Commission) and Tea Board of India as a part of "Celebrate Assam"
Dutch Student Association Netherlands is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
UNA Blackheath and Greenwich Branch is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event at The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, 11 Blackheath Village SE3 9LA (opp. Blackheath Station)
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event hosted by Bristol University MUN Society
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event hosted by Southampton Hub
Uniting for Peace Spring Conference and AGM
Linking 2D's Democracy and Development for Peace
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion
University of Warwick
Faith and Peace -
Middle East and Pakistan
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion by Oxford Hub
17 - 19
Human Rights and International Peace Keeping: From Military Intervention to local Anti-violence Efforts
Conference Hosted by: NUCHR
Northwestern University Campus
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Commeration of the Nobel Peace Day
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
New Delhi, India
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
Mumbai, MH 400001, India
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
Hyderbad - 500 082, India
The Economics of Killing Book Launch Discussion
University of Bristol
Called to be Peacemakers Conference 2012 - 'Money, Power
Euston Road, London, UK
The Economics of Killing Book Launch Discussion
University of Sussex,
Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Celebrate International Day of Peace
I N V I T A T I O N: United Nations International Day of Peace 2012
21st - 23rd
Peace Days 2012
The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh