IMTD associate Noa Zanolli gave remarks at the UPF "Geneva: Track II" Conference "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civicl Society" in Geneva, Switzerland. Read her talk, entitled "The Potential of Mediation in Support of the Peace and Democratization Process in Syria."
From September 21 to October 2, 2013, John W. McDonald, Ambassador (ret.), made his 4th visit to the Republic of Georgia, this one arranged by the new IMTD-Georgia office, to be officially launched during Ambassador McDonald's visit. Read more about IMTD's past and present work in Georgia here.
In November 1981 Ambassador McDonald wrote a resolution which was presented by the Ambassador from Costa Rica to the UN General Assembly in November 1981 creating the International Day of Peace. With support from other world leaders, it was adopted unanimously and came into force in 1982.
This year, Ambassador McDonald spoke at the steps of the Capitol and received an award for his efforts and continued work on the goal of international peace.
IMTD and Ambassador McDonald have been following the problem of genocide for several years. We and the world have been shocked at the failure of governments to take action to stop the genocide. In Rwanda (1994) and in Sudan (early 2000s).
Ambassador McDonald learned first hand from four people born in Darfur in 2003 about the genocide that occurred there. But, we had no impact on the resolution of the conflict.
In a new effort to try to change international law, IMTD has drafted a protocol (amendment) to the International Treaty on Genocide which has been adopted by 144 nations.
Jack Sim from Singapore launched his idea in 2001 calling for World Toilet Day. He held annual conferences in various countries around the world, but was never able to get global attention paid to this essential human issue. Ambassador McDonald spoke at his global meeting in the United States in Philadelphia five years ago and, in a private meeting with Jack, urged him to take it to the United Nations as an idea.
The George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution held its convocation ceremony to celebrate the graduation of students. IMTD Board member Susan Shearhouse was honored as Alumni of the Year and spoke with Dr. Louise Diamond who co-founded IMTD in 1992. Dr. Diamond was S-CAR's graduation keynote speaker.
Dr. Eileen Borris, IMTD Director of Training, has released a new book, Finding Forgiveness: A 7-Step Program for Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness. In September, 2012, Dr. Borris gave a speech to the UN which can be watched here.