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Peace, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in Africa and the World

September 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm SAST

Peace, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in Africa and the World:
The legacy of  Mahatma Gandhi for protecting current and future generations.

Ela Gandhi, South Africa. Founder of the Gandhi Development Trust. Co-President of Religions for Peace.


  • Maria Espinosa, Ecuador. Member, World Future Council. President of the UN General Assembly (2018-2019). Former Ecuador Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  • Divina Malloum, Cameroon. Founder of Children for Peace. Co-winner of the 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize.
  • Nuriya Azamatova, Kazakhstan. Organizer of Youth Peace Week Kazakhstan. Member of the Youth Group of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation. Member of the Abolition 2000 Youth Network.
  • David Fig, South Africa. Chair of Biowatch, South Africa. Honorary research associate at the University of Cape Town. Fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Author of Uranium Road: Questioning South Africa’s Nuclear Direction, published 2006
  • Linnet L. Wairimu Ng’ayu, Kenya. Institutional Strengthening Advisor and Disarmament Program coordinator for the African Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace Africa.
  • Tamara Lorincz, Canada. PhD candidate, Balsillie School for International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University) focusing on military impact on the environment. Board member of World Beyond War.
  • Alyn Ware, New Zealand/Czech Republic. Global Coordinator, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. Consultant, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. Author, Religions for Peace Guide on Nuclear Disarmament.


Mahatma Gandhi, who lived in South Africa from 1893-1914, created a legacy for peace and justice that continues to inspire today, led in South Africa by the Phoenix Settlement Trust he established in 1904 and the Gandhi Development Trust established by his grand-daughter Ela Gandhi.

This webinar explored contemporary threats to peace and justice in South Africa, the African continent and globally, with a focus on the risks and impacts of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy and war. It highlighted the need to redirect resources from militarism to peace, public health and sustainable development, especially in this time of COVID-19. And it provided inspiring examples of actions by youth, women, faith-based communities and the United Nations to address these issues. The event commemorated the end of World War II (September 2, 1945), the birth of hope for global peace and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN.

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September 3, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm SAST


Gandhi Development Trust
World Future Council
Religions for Peace South Africa