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Medact Two Day Forum 2015: Health Through Peace


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“A HEALTHY WORLD MEANS A MORE PEACEFUL AND JUST WORLD.”

– Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet

WHAT IS ‘HEALTH THROUGH PEACE’?

Health Through Peace is a a two-day event hosted by Medact, Saferworld, Oxford Research Group, Kings College London, Quakers in Britain, ICAN UK, Campaign Against Arms Trade and others, at which you can learn and take on action on issues related to war, armed conflict and militarisation.

Online ticket sales for Health Through Peace are now closed – tickets will be available on the day. The registration desk opens at 8.30am on Friday and 9.30am on Saturday. You will be able to pay via cash and debit/credit card.

The final conference booklet with details of all speakers and sessions is available here.

COULDN’T MAKE ‘HEALTH THROUGH PEACE’?

Don’t worry! We’ve put the audio-recordings of all the sessions on-line here and many of the lectures are available as videos on the Medact Youtube channel.  There are also further resources, including photographs, blogs and Powerpoint presentations.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Health Through Peace does not end here. Over the coming months and beyond, we’ll be making plans to take the energy of the conference forward. But, we need your help! If you’ve an idea for an event or project – for example, organising a follow-up event in your local area or community – please get in touch with Medact’s Peace & Security Officer Rhianna Louise: rhiannalouise [at] medact.org – or fill in the form at the bottom of the Health Through Peace resources page.

“THE WORLD IS OVER-ARMED AND PEACE IS UNDERFUNDED”

— UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon

FRIDAY – TEACH IN

Join us and learn about the most important peace and conflict issues from some of the country’s leading experts. (Read about the history of teach-ins.)

Confirmed speakers: Professor Paul Rogers (Oxford Research Group; University of Bradford); Andrew Feinstien (Former South African MP; Author, ‘The Shadow World’); Hannah Wright (Senior Policy Advisor on Gender and Security, Saferworld); Nils Peter-Mork (Director of Communications, Medicins Sans Frontier); Fikr Shaltoot (Gaza Medical Director, Medical Aid for Palestinians); Phil Vernon (Director of Programmes, International Alert); Dr Julia Welland (University of Warwick); Doug Weir (Toxic Remnants of War); Janani Vivekananda (Climate and Conflict, International Alert); John Ashton CBE (former UK climate envoy); Martin Butcher (Arms Control, Oxfam) and many more.

SATURDAY – FORUM

A series of panels and plenaries with some of the brightest and creative minds from the world of health, and the peace movement – accompanied by a series of parallel workshops on action and campaigns planning.

Confirmed speakers: Professor Sir Andy Haines (LSHTM); Ben Griffin (Veterans for Peace); Vivienne Nathason (British Medical Association); Dan Smith (Director, International Alert), Dr David McCoy (QMUL, Medact), Dr Richard Horton (Editor, The Lancet), Fiona Godley (Editor, British Medical Journal), Jose Antonio-Bastos (MSF International), and Layth Hanbali (Medsin)

Click here to download the final PDF programme & conference booklet for Health Through Peace 

The conference booklet (link above) includes practical information about the conference.

Registration for Health Through Peace opens at 8.30am on Friday and 9.30am on Saturday.

On the door tickets will be available from when registration opens.

SPEAKERS

The final programme with details of all the speakers and sessions is available here.

Paul Rogers

Friday speaker - B1 - Oxford Research Group - Paul Rogers

Paul is Oxford Research Group’s (ORG) Global Security Consultant. He has worked in the field of international security, arms control and political violence for over 30 years. Paul is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. He lectures at universities and defence colleges in several countries and has written or edited 26 books, including ‘Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century’ (Pluto Press, 3rd edition, 2010) and ‘Why We’re Losing the War on Terror’ (Polity, 2008). He writes Monthly Briefings analysing the international security situation, and, since October 2001, has written a series of influential reports on international security, including ‘Global Security After the War on Terror’ (November  2009) and ‘Military Action Against Iran: Impact and Effects’ (July 2010).

Twitter account: @ProfPRogers

Vivienne Nathanson

Dr Vivienne Nathanson

Dr Vivienne Nathanson is Senior Director at the British Medical Association. For much of her time working at the Association Vivienne has been responsible for the health of the public, ethics and human rights. In doing so she has worked closely with a series of BMA presidents and continues to do so. She is currently working with Sir Michael Marmot and the Institute for Health Equity and also with the International Committee of the Red Cross for whom she regularly lectures and writes.

Jose Antonio Bastos

Hose Antonio Bastos

Dr Jose Antonio Bastos joined MSF in 1991, while he was working as a general practitioner in Spain. He worked in Bolivia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania. After a period as head of the emergency unit at MSF’s office in Barcelona, Jose Antonio worked as director of operations in Barcelona and later in Amsterdam. Between 2006 and 2010 Jose Antonio worked in Pakistan, Iraq and then Afghanistan for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He returned to MSF in 2010, as elected president of MSF Spain.

Twitter account: https://twitter.com/JoseABastos28

Richard Horton

Richard Horton - Editor of The Lancet

Richard Horton (BSc MB FRCP FMedSci) was born in London and qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He completed his general medical training in Birmingham before moving to the liver unit at the Royal Free Hospital. In 1990, he joined The Lancet as an assistant editor and moved to New York as North American editor in 1993. Two years later he returned to the UK to become Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet journal.

He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Founder Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences. Richard has been a medical columnist for The Observer and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and New York Review of Books.

 Twitter account: @richardhorton1

Janani Vivekananda

Janini

Janani Vivekananda is responsible for research and implementation support on climate change, environmental and natural resource related dimensions of peacebuilding and security at International Alert. Her role involves leading on innovation, analysis and documentation of new research and liaising with academic, policy and practitioner communities on climate change, development, peace and security. Previously, she was a Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser at Plan International UK, Security and Peacebuilding Programme Officer at International Alert and a consultant on conflict analysis and aid effectiveness for SNV Nepal and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal. She has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from New College, Oxford University.

Twitter account: @JananiAlert

Andy Haines

Saturday speaker - Session 1 - LSHTM - Andy Haines

Sir Andy Haines is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He was the Director of the School for 10 years up to October 2010 and previously Professor of Primary Health Care and Head of the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, at Royal Free and University College Medical School.

Sir Haines also worked internationally, including in Nepal, Jamaica, Canada and the USA.  He was a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, chaired a Task Force on Health Systems Research for WHO and sits on many national and international committees including, until recently, the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. Former chair of its Health and Social Care Policy Committee as well as chair of the MRC Global Health Group, he is currently a member of the UUK Board.

Ira Helfand

Saturday speaker - IPPNW - Ira Helfand

Ira Helfand is the past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and is currently the co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He has worked for many years as an emergency room physician and now practices internal medicine at an urgent care center in Springfield, MA.  He is an expert in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, with a particular interested in the Iranian nuclear programme.

Ben Griffin

Saturday speaker - Session 1 - VFPUK - Ben Griffin

Ben Griffin is a former British SAS soldier who refused to return to Iraq and left the Army, citing the “illegal” tactics of United States troops and the policies of coalition forces but also that the invasion itself was contrary to international law. He expected to be court-martialled, but was instead let go with a glowing testimonial from his commanding officer. He spoke to an anti-war rally in 2008 about UK involvement in extraordinary rendition the day before he was served with an injunction preventing him from speaking publicly and from publishing material about his time in the SAS. Griffin founded the UK branch of Veterans for Peace after a chance encounter with a member of the US sister organisation.

Twitter account: @bsggriffin

Miri Weingarten

Friday speaker - C3 - PHRI - Miri Weingerten

Miri Weingarten has worked for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) for 13 years. Since moving to London in 2009 Miri has led the EU and UN advocacy work of PHR-Israel and a coalition of Israeli and Palestinian human rights organisations. Miri reported on the fact-finding medical speakers tour in the UK; she authored the Israel chapter of Medact’s 2011 report Preventing Torture and has since engaged in advocacy for adoption of its conclusions with the UN Special Rapporteur mission to Gaza following Israel’s 2008-2009 military offensive during a Medact/Pax Christi on Torture and other international players.

Richard Reeve

Friday speaker - B1 - Oxford Research Group - Richard Reeve

Richard Reeve is the Director of Oxford Research Group’s Sustainable Security Programme and ORG Coordinator. Richard has particular expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa, peace and conflict analysis, and the security perspectives of regional organisations and rising powers. Prior to joining ORG, Richard was Head of Research at International Alert, where he managed work on conflict analysis, justice and security system reform, climate change and security, and gender and conflict. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme, King’s College London, an Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, Africa Country Risk Editor with Jane’s Information Group, and Governance Project Officer for a conflict resolution organisation in Georgia/Abkhazia. As a consultant, he has also worked with the African Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the EU Delegation to Lebanon.

LOCATION DETAILS AND PRACTICALITIES

The event is being held at: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ 

By rail: From its position opposite Euston’s rail and tube stations, it is a ten minute walk from King’s Cross Station and St Pancras International Terminus. All major rail terminals (Euston, Paddington, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Kings Cross, Victoria and Marylebone) are easily reached by tube.

By tube: The nearest tube stations are Euston and Euston Square, which are on the Northern, Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

By bus: Numbers 10, 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 pass the door whilst 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253 stop nearby.

By car: Friends House is within a meter parking zone. Charges must be paid Monday to Friday 08.30 – 18.30 and Saturday 09.00 – 13.30. There are alternative, longer-term parking facilities under Euston Station. Please note that Friends House is within the congestion charge zone. For details of how to pay please go to www.cclondon.com.

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 13/11/2015 - 14/11/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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