Sir John Major to give first UK Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major is to give the first UK Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture.
The landmark event is, says Clive Conway, Chair of the Tutu Foundation UK, designed to mirror the annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture in Cape Town.
The British event will take place at Marlborough House on May 6th.
The Peace Lecture was originally conceived as an opportunity to take stock of issues critical to the sustainability of our species and planet.
It provides a platform to celebrate the positive value of respect, compassion, fairness and diversity. It also promotes the practise of Ubuntu, the South African philosophy that embraces everyone’s shared humanity.
With prominent keynote speakers the Peace Lecture is designed to stimulate engagement and translate into action the vision and values of Archbishop Tutu and his wife Leah.
The first annual lecture was ran intio controversy when the South African government’s refused to grant a visa for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit the country.
Organisers refused to cancel and got Google to create a live video link between Cape Town and India. Subsequent speakers have included Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, Hina Jilani, Graca Machel and Cyril Ramaphosa.
The 2019 Peace Lecture in Cape Town was given by Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of the Econet Group, a pan-African telecommunications, media and technology company.
As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognised. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which has supported the education of over 250,000 African orphaned, vulnerable and gifted children over the past 20 years.
Watch out for more news of the UK event in the coming weeks.