NEWS
 

On the morning of July 10th, there took place in Caux a plenary session entitled ‘Grounding peace and stability: especially in the Sahel’. It was chaired by Martin Frick, Ambassador, German representative to the UN and international organizations in Germany.

The plenary session of July 9th looked at ways to prevent desertification under the title “Restoring land – a business opportunity?”. After Allan Savory’s highly appreciated keynote, a panel of experts was invited to join him on stage, gathering Margareta Barchan, Jakob Rhyner, Bernd Wilke, Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Atam Sandhu and Ilan Chabay.

The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security has just started, and crucial issues have already been addressed in the first plenary session, held on July 7th. Luc Gnacadja, Martin Frick, Rattan Lal, Ian Johnson and Bianca Jagger have explained the importance of this conference among the 2013 Caux Initiatives for Human Security.

During the morning plenary of July 8th 2013, the Caux dialogue on land and security looked at effective grassroots action. It was chaired by Dr Peter Rundell (former head of DFID Libya) who also moderated the panel discussion.

On July 7th, the Healing History conference closed with a final plenary entitled “Each person counts – Taking the spirit of Caux down from the mountaintop”. It provided a platform for the two keynote speakers, Scott Morris, founder of the Church Health Center in Memphis (USA), and Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and former professor at the University of Illinois, as well as for the participants to share their experiences made during their stay in Caux and what they are taking back with them.

On the 5th July, the plenary panel of the Healing History conference discussed the topic: “Inclusivity and Prosperity – are they mutually exclusive?” The session was chaired by Tim Carrington, journalist and development specialist from Washington DC. Among the speakers were Algernon Austin from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC, Dilip D’Souza, a journalist from Mumbai, Mee Moua from the Asian American Justice Center and former Minnesota state senator, Marcello Palazzi from the Progressio Foundation and David Williams from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

On the afternoon of July 5th, conference delegates had the opportunity to travel to Richmond, Virginia, with the testimonies of five speakers.

The plenary session on a global undertaking took place on the morning of July 6th 2013 in Caux. It was chaired by Michael Wenger (Joint centre for political and economic studies in Washington DC, USA). The two main speakers were Marc Leyenberger (European commission against racism and intolerance from France), and Gail C. Christopher (vice president for the program strategy of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, USA). Both key speakers have been and are still highly involved in questions of racial equality and freedom.

On the afternoon of Wednesday July 3rd there took place the first session of the healing history conference. It was chaired by Alex Wise, from the church health centre, from Memphis USA.

On Wednesday July 3rd, Andrew Stallybrass, director of the Caux-Expo, and Christoph Spreng, member of the Council of the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, welcomed six of the 20 EPFL final year students and their 20 fictional architectural projects.