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Call for nominees for Asia Pacific Peace Prize

Tuesday 23 May, 2006

Call for nominees for Asia Pacific Peace Prize

The Asia Pacific Mediation Forum steering committee is calling for nominations of individuals, groups or organisation for a Peace Prize which will be awarded to the winner during the APMF/University of the South Pacific International Mediation conference next month.

According to conference organiser Ms Laura Seurynck the first Peace Prize was awarded to Jose Ramos Horta from East Timor, the second was awarded to the Peace Foundation, Melanesia in Papua New Guinea.

Nominations for the APMF Peace are to be forwarded to the APMF President, Dale Bagshaw – dale.bagshaw@unisa.edu.au , Phone: +61 8 8302 4375 Mobile: 0408 805 641– by Monday June 12th, 2006.

When making a nomination, those nominating are asked to include name and contact details of the person(s) making the nomination (address, email, phone, fax); name of the Individual, group or organisation being nominated and contact details - address, country, phone, fax and email.
If an individual is being nominated - a short Curriculum Vitae and a link to any of his/her websites, homepages etc. If a group or organisation in being nominated - a brief description of who they are and a link to any websites etc., a brief history of the relevant conflict management or peace activities of the individual or group in the Asia Pacific region (within a time frame). A clear, succinct statement as to why they are worthy of a Peace Prize and Two accompanying letters of recommendation or references

The conference which will be held at USP in Suva from June 26 to 30, is titled ‘Mediating Cultures in the Pacific and Asia’ and will include five days of workshops and presentations that explore the diverse ways mediation takes place throughout varying social and legal systems in the Asia Pacific region.

Practitioners from around the world and from a broad range of sectors will present their expertise with various mediation methodologies. A major focus of conference workshops will be to build the capacity of Pacific Island countries to mediate in a wide variety of settings including governmental institutions, courts, businesses, non-government organizations, schools, and communities.

Conference participation will build the ever-growing network of practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers, members of judiciaries, elected officials and students interested in expanding their understanding of alternative dispute resolution principles, practice and implementation.

ENDS

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