Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum

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2015 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FORUM
“INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE PEACEMAKING AND PEACE BUILDING” MARCH 6-8, 2015 (Minneapolis, MN, USA) More info can be found here: http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org/

Under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum inspires peacemaking by focusing on the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners and leading international peacemakers and peacebuilders.

Disarmament will be the central focus of this year’s Forum concentrating on the work of 2013 Nobel Laureate, The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). It will also feature former United States President and Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter and his latest book: “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”

This year’s programme will explore disarmament in its relation to conflict resolution, mediation and peacebuilding. Disarmament is a critical component of a peace that can be sustained. Sustainable peace also requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders, including women. One current, tragic example of the failure of disarmament and inclusive and sustainable peacebuilding is the Central African Republic: where the lack of an effective disarmament process and insufficiently representative national and local dialogue process have resulted in detrimental consequences, including possible acts of ethnic cleansing and genocide. A UN Commission of Inquiry has found that “murder, torture, the looting and destruction of property and of buildings dedicated to religion are acts that could amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and/or war crimes, if combined and under specific circumstances, such acts could also be interpreted as ethnic cleansing.”

In honoring the work of the OPCW, the Forum will highlight the OPCW’s work in the reduction of chemical weapons, including in Syria where 1300 metric tons of chemical weapons have been removed and destroyed.

Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye are religious leaders who live in Kaduna, a city in northern Nigeria. Today, they work together to teach warring religious youth militias to resolve their conflicts peacefully. But they did not start out as peacemakers. Ten years ago, Imam Ashafa and Pastor James were mortal enemies, intent on killing one another in the name of religion. In this video, filmmaker Dr. Alan Channer introduces his movie work about the two men and their peace-building efforts (more info can be found here) and then follows a conversation between the Imam and the Pastor:

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