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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Celebration of the 50 th Anniversary of Lester B. Pearson's Nobel Peace Prize

Vision for Peace: Facing the Challenge

- An event celebrating the 50thanniversary of Lester B. Pearson's Nobel Peace Prize

Thursday, May 3, 2007

A message from the UNAC and CIIA

On Thursday, May 3, the Vancouver branches of the United Nations Association in Canada and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs will co-host Vision for Peace, an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lester B. Pearson's Nobel Peace Prize.

The event will begin with a symposium featuring three guest speakers,which will be followed by a reception and dinner.

You are encouraged to join us to celebrate Lester B. Pearson's vision and legacy.

SYMPOSIUM -- 3pm - 6pm

When Lester B. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957, it marked a coming of age of Canadian foreign policy. Pearson's concept for a U.N. peacekeeping force ended a major crisis focusing on control of the Suez Cannel. Since that time peacekeeping and peacekeepers have been closely associated with Canada.

The symposium will look back at peacekeeping in the 1950s and track its development over the intervening years up to today. To present the broader picture, we have Professor Allen Sens of the Political Science Department at UBC. The problems of peacekeepers on the ground, including the relationship with U.N. headquarters in N.Y., will be discussed by General (Ret'd) Guy Tousignant, who was appointed in 1994 the ForceCommander and Assistant Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. Finally, to present the modern development that grew out of peacekeeping and in particular the concept of peacebuilding, we have Alana Tiemessen, a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at UBC.

This symposium will be moderated by Professor Maurice Copithorne of the UBC Law School.

DINNER -- 7pm

Allan McGill will give his personal reminiscences, "Pearson's Performance: Recollections of a Supporting Player." McGill is a retired Canadian ambassador who was personal assistant to Mr. Pearson when he was Secretary of State for External Affairs during the Suez crisis.

Event Details:

Plaza500 Hotel and Convention Centre
500 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Symposium -- 3pm to 6pm
Reception -- 6pm to 7pm
Dinner -- 7pm

For tickets or information, contact:

Symposium - $15
Dinner - $50
Symposium/dinner - $55

RSVP by April 29

Presented by:
The Vancouver branches of the United Nations Association in Canada


Canadian Institute of International Affairs

Community Partners for Internationalization (UBC)
UBC International Relations Students Association
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
Peace Philosophy Centre

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