Press Clip Source: Delta Collegiate 
Date: October 22,2015
Written by: Marisa Loranger
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Entering war torn countries and trying to bring peace is a difficult task that not many are up to. Mel Duncan, the co-founder of the Nonviolent Peace Force, is one person who is willing to do the difficult.

Duncan will speak at Delta Oct. 26 in S-105 at 6 p.m. He will discuss how he has helped countries keep their communities safe in the middle of dangerous situations.

Jeffery Dykhuizen, Delta College Global Peace Studies chair, hopes that this event will show Delta students that they can change the world in small ways, every day.

“Anytime we pick up a piece of trash that is left there and put it in the garbage can, you’ve made the world cleaner right? That’s what we’re getting into here. You open the door for someone and they say thank you. It doesn’t have to be I saved the polar bears and the polar ice caps. But every time we use those little water dispensers we have at Delta now instead of buying a new bottle of water, I’m not adding to the problem. That’s what we in our global peace studies program are going for. Every time we’re doing something positive, we are changing the world,” says Dykhuizen.

Read more: Nonviolent Peace Force brings movement to campus

Press Clip Source: IPA - Institute for Public Accuracy 
Date: September 28,2015
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President Obama and other heads of state address the United Nations General Assembly today as it begins its 70th session. Video feed:

DAVID SWANSON, david at, @davidcnswanson
Swanson is author of When the World Outlawed War, War Is A Lie and Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency. He just wrote the piece “The UN: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years.”

MEL DUNCAN, mduncan at, @Peaceforce
Founding director and director of advocacy and outreach at Nonviolent Peaceforce, Duncan said today: “At a time when civilians are under increasing threat from war and violent conflict, today’s ‘Summit on Peacekeeping,’ co-hosted by President Obama, ignores an entire effective approach to protecting civilians while focusing on armed peacekeeping.

Read more: Is the UN Working for Peace?

Press Clip Source: Castlegar News 
Date: September 25,2015
Written by: Chelsea Novak
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Selkirk College is launching a new program this January that will train students from all over the world to keep the peace.

The Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program will launch on January 16, 2016, and is a fourth-month online course ending with a bootcamp at the Selkirk campus from April 18 to 29.

Randy Janzen, instructor of peace studies at Selkirk and chair of the Mir Centre for Peace, will be one of the program's instructors.

“The program is to train people who have an interest working anywhere in the world ... to become skilled to reduce violence in volatile situations,” explains Janzen. “We usually think of peacekeepers as a military operation, and many of those have been very successful, but this is a civilian or non-military intervention, and ... some researchers show that in fact this is just as effective, and it's way cheaper, and it's actually safer than military peacekeeping.”

Read more: Training peacekeepers in the Kootenays

Press Clip Source: International Peace Institute 
Date: September 15,2015
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IPI conferenceYoussef Mahmoud told an IPI audience September 15th that “unarmed protection is not about the presence or the absence of arms,” in UN peacekeeping activities, but rather, “this is about a culture, a way of going about addressing the vulnerabilities of civilians in armed conflict.”

Mr. Mahmoud serves as a member of the High-Level Independent Panel that recommended UN Peace Operations “become more field-focused” and “people-centered.” These recommendations emerged in the report that gave prominence to unarmed protection of civilians, he said.

This people-centered re-focus in the Secretariat will be necessary for the UN to adapt as civilians and UN personnel are increasingly targeted in the field. By developing a relationship of trust with the populations where the UN deploys, Mr. Mahmoud said, the UN will be enabled to design “more effective protection of civilians, but also a better protection of Peacekeepers themselves.”

Read more: Mahmoud: Unarmed Protection Addresses Civilian Vulnerability in Conflict

Press Clip Source: Linkedin
Written By:Ufuk Gokcen, Ambassador to the United Nations for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation 
Date: September 16, 2015
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It was a great honor for me to co-sponsor and support the Nonviolent Peaceforce and IPI event on unarmed civilian protection organized at the IPI in New York on 15 September 2015.

Protection of civilians from violence in conflicts is a growing challenge for the international community. Inadequacy of existing mechanisms and approaches in dealing with peace and security challenges compel us consider utilization of all the tools available and create synergy among them.

Unarmed protection of civilians by civilians is relatively a new concept and tool that has recently being recognized by the UN and the international system, though the UN peacekeeping operations had always had unarmed components. Following the acknowledgment by the HIPPO report, I believe events like the one hosted by IPI will help raise awareness on the importance of the concept and the existing efforts.

Naturally the application of the concept requires the acceptance and the cooperation of the sovereign states and this concept may not be applicable in every conflict. However we should realize that there are many successful examples, from Philippines, Sri Lanka to Africa.

Read more: Ambassador for Organization of Islamic Cooperation Speaks out on Unarmed Civilian Protection

Press Clip Source: IPS - Inter Press Service
Written By: Thalif Deen
Date: September 18, 2015
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logo IPSUNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2015 (IPS) - As the United Nations commemorates its 70th anniversary, the world body is re-assessing and re-evaluating its 16 peacekeeping missions costing a staggering 8.3 billion dollars in 2015-2016 – even as military conflicts and domestic insurgencies continue to spread, mostly in Africa, including the Central African Republic, Mali, South Sudan, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

But with peacekeepers increasingly caught in crossfires, is the United Nations planning to gradually abandon its objective of keeping the peace and instead transform its peacekeepers into a fighting force?

The United Nations says it’s not true — but civil society organisations are sceptical.

Mel Duncan, founding Director of Advocacy & Outreach Nonviolent Peaceforce, told IPS the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) headed by Jose Ramos Horta, a former president of Timor Leste, strongly recommended in June the need for unarmed strategies to civilian protection in conflict zones.

But Duncan pointed out that when Secretary General Ban Ki-moon forwarded his report to the General Assembly and Security Council, the recommendations for unarmed approaches were deleted.

Read more: U.N.’s 8.3 Billion Dollar Peacekeeping Operations Under Scrutiny

Press Clip Source: The Rossland Telegraph
Written By: Bob Hall
Date: September 14, 2015
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A freak accident involving a firearm took the life of a young Castlegar man almost 33 years ago, but the legacy of Philip Mark Malekow continues to this day.

On Sept. 26, 1982, Malekow and a friend were out for a Sunday drive when they picked up a pair of female hitchhikers. After they dropped the passengers off at their destination, Malekow discovered that one of them left behind a purse. The two friends went back to look for the two hitchhikers and came upon a group of hunters in a truck.

As they were talking to the hunters, one of their guns went off inside the truck and the bullet went through the vehicle’s door. Metal fragments from the shot went into Malekow’s heart and he died instantly at the age of 21.

Malekow had graduated from Castlegar’s Mount Sentinel Secondary and had achieved his millwright foundation certificate from Selkirk College in 1981. He was a pacifist, brought up in a Doukhobor tradition opposed to violence.

“To ensure that his death not be meaningless and for the cause of peace and love, our mother [Polly Malekow] raised money to establish an award fund in his memory,” said Phil’s older brother Steve Malekow. “The award’s intent was to provide financial assistance for students who are concerned about issues of peace and non-violence.”

Read more: Local tragedy leads Castlegar family to support peace studies