International Institute for Peace co-founded by Forest Whitaker joins forces with UNESCO
The International Institute for Peace (IIP), co-founded by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker, will formally join forces with the Organization on 7 February with the signing of an agreement between UNESCO, the Institute, Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) and the Government of the United States of America. The agreement places the IPP under the auspices of UNESCO.
The signing ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters after a press conference with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Forest Whitaker, Rutgers University Chancellor Philip Yeagle, and the Ambassador of the United States of America to UNESCO David Killion (5.30 pm, room 5.021).
At the ceremony video messages of support from Esther Brimmer, the US Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and Okello Sam, the founder of Hope North, a centre for refugees, orphans and former child soldiers in northern Uganda, will also be shown.
The International Institute for Peace was founded in 2011 by Forest Whitaker and Aldo Civico, Professor of Anthropology and conflict resolution expert. It is based at Rutgers University.
Pioneering innovative research and educating the next generation of peace-building leaders, the IIP works with communities in urban areas around the world to foster community- and peace-building among educators, community and religious leaders, entrepreneurs, local police, and youth affected by violence. The IIP also builds capacity in civic diplomacy to advance the role of citizens in building and sustaining peace and democratic participation. It promotes sustainable peace rooted in human rights, respect for cultural diversity, and the elimination of poverty.
Acclaimed American artist and humanist Forest Whitaker was nominated a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation on 21 June, 2011.
The signing ceremony will be webcast at: mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_5021_floor.wmv
Journalists wishing to attend this event require accreditation.
Isabelle Le Fournis, tel: +33 (0)1 4568 1748; i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org
Djibril Kebe, tel +33 (0)1 4568 1741 ; d.kebe(at)unesco.org