A Forum of Global Subject Matter Experts on issues of Peace Building in Africa Examining
the "Africa Nuclear Weapons Free Zone"; the "Arms Trade Treaty in Small Arms"; and The
"Peace Dividend" / "The Benefits of the Peace Economy" for Africa
INTENTION: To uphold an African Diasporan geopolitical sense-of-self by looking at Africa's historic
and seminal roles in global peace-making, from the initial meetings of the Organization
of African Unity, with a focus on the Treaty of Pelindaba which Africans established for
continental Africa an African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. While this may generally lay
outside conventional geo-political analysis for Africans, the "abstract" issue of nuclear
weapons proliferation and abolition has its more local implications.
To examine the Arms Trade Treaty which has its focus on small arms, the illicit trade in
them and their implications for maintenance of the fault lines of ethnic and intra-
community strife in our African communities both in homeland and "at home". This
matter is highly local in both Africa and in the United States. We will be guided to
solutions that involve the Diasporan African audience and their Friends in thought
leadership for mitigating the matter of small arms in Africana fault lines.
To present the above findings in the context of "The Peace Dividend" and "The Benefits
of the Peace Economy", practical strategies for guiding a more appropriate economic
and social development for local geographies, wheresoever Africans shall find
themselves, either in homeland or in the Diaspora.
To increase Diasporan impact on the improvement of human rights in Africa, and more
equitable economic and social improvement outcomes.
New Beginning Initiative was founded in Washington, DC in 2009 and inaugurated in 2010
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. NBI is designed as a stateless association of individuals and
groups pledged to the primacy of peace-building in African and African Diasporan social
and economic development affairs. New Beginning Advisory Systems (NBAS) is NBI's
consolidated commercial entity dedicated to training in its proprietary "Creative
Entrepreneurial Eco-System" (CEES) methodologies for local geography innovation
leading to radical improvements in economic and social development for Africa and
African Diasporan communities.
NBI's IPD (International Peace Day ) Forum
Peace Making - Peace Keeping - Peace Economy
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington DC., USA
September 21, 2012 Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Order of Service
Noon Prefatory: Global Observance of a Moment of Silence: The Fervent Hope that the World Will Know No War.
Gather at Auditorium A5 of the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, Washington, DC
Formal Welcome and Recognition of Guests
Introduction of Speakers
Address: Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Howard University: "The Muslim and Christian Context of Peace Building in
Summary and Introduction of Speaker
Address: "The Nuclear Weapons Abolition Movement, Small Arms Trading, and Natural Constituencies: The
Africana Family: Implications of Pelindaba, Tlatelolco and the ATT."
Summary and Introduction of Speaker
Address: Dr. Hypolite Fofack, The World Bank, Africa Division: "Practical Applications on the Ground for the
Africana Family World-wide: The Peace Dividend"
Summary and Acknowledgements of NBI Partners
Panel Discussion and Question and Answer Period
Summary and Charge
3:55 Program End
Mayors for Peace, Japan; 20/20 Vision Campaign, Belgium; Caleb Initiative, Kenya; Peace Action National,
USA; Abol Coffee Buna Inc., USA; MASK, London; Heritage Revival Project, USA; EthioLive Magazine,
Ethiopia; LiveAfrique Magazine, USA; Millennium Arts Salon (MAS), USA; Partnership League For
Africa's Development; Financial Support Provided by Lead Sponsor: Peace Action Montgomery, MD, USA
Tamiru Degefa: firstname.lastname@example.org / 703-677-1236
Melvin Hardy: email@example.com / 202-239-8450
New Beginning Advisory Systems / The New Beginning Initiative
1213 Girard Street, NW · Washington, DC 20009
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African Diasporan Initiated and Based on Principles of Peace, Community Development, and Community Diplomacy