The 5th Global Alliance Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace  and Storytelling for Peace-Building Storyshop

University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa October 2011.


Pre-summit Training: Storytelling for Peace-Building Storyshop, Friday, 30 Sept.-1 Oct. 2011.
Summit Opening Ceremony:
Sunday, 2 Oct. 2011
Global Alliance Summit:
Monday, 3-6 Oct. 2011
Optional post Summit Tour:
From 7 Oct. 2011


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2011_Summit.jpgWamkelekile! Welkom! Emukela! A warm Ubuntu welcome to you!

On behalf of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace and the South African Peace Alliance, we invite you to attend our Fifth Global Summit - October 2-6, 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.

We are thrilled to announce that over 25 countries will be represented:

Brazil * Canada * Costa Rica * Germany * Ireland * Italy * Japan * Malawi * Mozambique * Nepal * Netherlands * New Zealand * Nigeria * Pakistan * Papua New Guinea * Romania * Rwanda * Senegal * Slovenia * South Africa * Sudan * Switzerland * Uganda * United Kingdom * USA * Zimbabwe

Register Online:

The Summit Programme is set to be an exciting one, including expert peacebuilding practioners, star entertainment and inspiring keynote addresses at our Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and presentations by renowned international speakers:

  • Paul van Tongeren (Netherlands), Co-Director of the Global Peacebuilding Strategy; Former Secretary General and Honorary Chair of  the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC); and Founder of the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP)
  • Ela Gandhi (South Africa), Granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi, Peace Activist and Member of Parliament in South Africa, 1994-2004Dr. Tim Murithi (South Africa), Consultant to the African Union and Senior Analyst with the Direct Conflict Prevention Programme with the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation
  • Karen Barensche (South Africa), Executive Director of the South African Peace Alliance
  • Mayra Gomez (New Zealand), International Peace Bureau, Abolition 2000, Operation Peace through Unity
  • Saul Arbess (Canada), Head of the Global Alliance Interim Leadership Council and Canadian Department of Peace Initiative
  • Jean de Dieu Basabose (Rwanda), Head of the African Alliance for Peace
  • Marion Keim-Lees (Germany/South Africa), Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape; Training Advisor for NGO Women for Peace
  • Mike Abkin – (USA), Secretary-Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the National Peace Academy
  • Geoff Harris (South Africa), Professor, University of Kwazulu Natal - Faculty of Economics
  • Prince Oseremen Irene (Nigeria), Nigerian Campaign for a Ministry for Peace
  • Hon Otto Odonga  (Uganda), Member of Parliament
  • Jean-Pierre Mfuni Mwanza (DRC), Founder and Executive Director of Central Africa Conflict Prevention Association (CACOPA)
  • Oliver Rizzi Carlson (Switzerland), Culture of Peace Organization; Global Campaign for Peace Education
  • Dot Walsh (USA), Peace Abbey and September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
  • And many more!

Latest Program News: The Summit Closing Ceremony will feature the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award presented to Nelson Mandela!

This year's 5th Global Summit in Cape Town builds on a series of previous Summits – United Kingdom (2005), Canada (2006), Japan (2007), and Costa Rica (2009). Specific key outcomes of past Summits include an associated global youth movement, the African Alliance for Peace, and the successful establishment of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction in Nepal and the Ministry of Justice and Peace in Costa Rica. The principle aims of the Global Alliance Summit are to build relationships, share experiences, learn from one another, have trainings that expand the bank of knowledge and skills of the community and raise awareness of the movement in the eyes of governments, civil society, and the general public.

This year’s theme is "Ubuntu In Action"--Ubuntu is an African philosophy, which can be explained as a belief that a person is a person through other people, and is characterized by an awareness of the interconnectedness that we share as human beings. 

Delegates will leave the 2011 Summit with:

  1. Powerful inspiration, vision, and hope for a peaceful world and the role of ministries and departments of peace in achieving it.
  2. An understanding of Ubuntu philosophy as a guiding principle for a way of life in African communities and how it relates to peace.
  3. Increased ability to develop a national movement for infrastructures for peace (I4Ps), as provided by a range of speakers in various fields such as peace economics, justice issues, and other related global actions, such as the Global Peace Building Strategy.
  4. Clear understanding of the nature of a ministry or department of peace, its mandate within government, and the range of possibilities for I4Ps within their local context.
  5. A plan for the formalization of the structure and organization of the Global Alliance.

Find full information and register for the Summit online:

Prior to the Summit, we are offering the two-day training workshop "Storytelling for Peacebuilding" — 30 September - 1 October, 2011.  Learn to use storytelling as a tool for peace-building through an experiential process of experiencing techniques to be taught to others, with art and music interwoven throughout and culminating in a storytelling celebration. Facilitated by Dr Dorian Haarhoff, professional storyteller, writer, mentor and a former Professor of Literature, passionate about developing innate creativity and imagination through the use of stories heal, build communities and create new worlds. Full details and registration available here:

The host organisation, the South African Peace Alliance and the International Global Alliance Summit Planning Team look forward to meeting new peacemakers as we all strive to bring about a more peaceful world for all.

We welcome you in the spirit of Ubuntu!

In peaceful co-operation,

Karen Barensche

Executive Director of the South African Peace Alliance and the International Summit Planning Team

The Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments for Peace is a community of dedicated individuals, organizations and autonomous campaigns from around the world working to establish effective infrastructures for peace—particularly government level ministries and departments for peace. Every two years, this group holds an international Global Alliance Summit to bring together leaders, stakeholders and civil society members from around the world to collaborate and learn about peace infrastructure initiatives and best practices taking place on a global scale.

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