Peace Pledge signed in Oldham
January 17, 2016 | Nick Taylor
Peace Pledge signed by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace as Oldham becomes the first metropolitan borough in Britain to launch a forum to dedicated to the European Unions’ Pledge to Peace.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Peace met with the Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Ateeque Ur-Rehman and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Derek Heffernan on Friday (15 January 2015) to sign the town’s Pledge to Peace (pictured left to right Oldham Peace Forum’s Richard Outram, Mayor Ateeque Ur-Rehman, Foundation for Peace CEO Nick Taylor, Deputy Mayor Derek Heffernan and Oldham Peace Forum’s Maria Dawn Ellis).
The signing came on the day that Oldham Borough Council, as the first local authority in Great Britain to sign the EUs Pledge to Peace, inaugurated a Forum to take forward the initiative.
The Pledge to Peace is a declaration of intent, established at the European Parliament. Its signatories are institutions, organisations and companies who pledge to put in place projects and actions promoting a culture of peace. The Pledge to Peace is inspired by the universal ideals of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Later in the day, the Forum met for the first time and Nick spoke about the Foundation’s work to build peace and why the peace pledge is so important. He told delegates about the Women for Peace Project that is being developed in Liverpool, Manchester and Bradford and had started in Oldham. The Deputy Mayor, Derek Heffernan chaired the Forum and said that he has been appointed as the first council supported Peace Ambassador in the country.
The Forum will work for a more peaceful Metropolitan Borough of Oldham and will share experiences as well as encouraging everyone to take practical steps towards peace in their own lives, within their own community, and between other communities.
The Forum will also seek to promote links with other cities and towns across the European Union and beyond who have also signed the Pledge to Peace.
Foundation Chief Executive Nick Taylor said: “It was an honour to see the peace pledge in action and to attend and talk to the first meeting of the Forum.
“The fact that Oldham is leading the way in creating a culture of peace is an exciting initiative and we will be working with the council to see where Foundation projects could be used to promote peace building.”
The Pledge to Peace is coordinated by Percorsi Association, an Italian non-profit organisation committed to bringing the topic of peace to the forefront of public discussion and institutional action.