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Big names line up for the 4th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Summit

By: stagedoorscribbler - April 6, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Anticipation is mounting for the 4th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Summit which will be staged in London next Thursday 11th April.

It will feature high-profile participants like Michael Palin, Rabbi Baroness Neuberger and Nomatemba Tambo, South African High Commissioner to the UK.

The day-long summit which will be held at Regents University London continues its now established  tradition of attracting eminent speakers and panel members to engage audiences in discussions about the struggle to make the world’s trouble-spots safe places. Key to discussions will be the view that peace itself can be a vital economic and social commodity.

With speakers that include politicians, academics, clerics, media commentators and diplomats, participants are drawn from a wide range of disciplines to bring different perspectives to the table.

The event will begin with a short film clip of Archbishop Desmond Tutu before a programme of key debates about tensions and  resolutions from different corners of the world gets underway.

 The whole day has an overarching emphasis on bringing together different voices, encouraging discussion and sharing approaches to building peace.

 This collaboration between Regent’s and the Tutu Foundation UK began six years ago when the exceptional barrister-turned- mediator, Paul Randolph started to train mediators for the Tutu Foundation in South Africa and the UK. Sadly, Paul died in January this year. His huge input into the summits, his integrity, enthusiasm and sense of humour are sorely missed. Paul played a leading role in the summits which have been highly effective in promoting the legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The theme of this Summit and its strands during the day were conceived by Paul.

 When Archbishop Desmond Tutu was appointed chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), he adopted the principles of “Ubuntu”, a South African philosophy meaning "humanity towards others", and a “belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity". By adopting some of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s doctrines and teachings of Ubuntu and forgiveness, we may get closer to learning how to avoid, resolve and at least how to manage the hatred that drives and motivates so many conflicts.

The event is free including food, beverages and a drinks reception. To book visit this link to the website Regents website: