Reclaiming the Meaning of Peace, with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Jody Williams and Stephen Goose

April 22, 2012

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Stephen Goose and Jody Williams

Listen in as Human Rights Watch, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC present a conversation about the struggle to reclaim the real meaning of peace—a concept defined by human security, not national security.

Jody Williams is the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and has served as the chief strategist and spokesperson for the campaign since its inception. The ICBL achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines in September 1997. In October of 1997, Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work. Jody is a founding member and chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Stephen Goose, director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division, has been at the forefront of international efforts to address the humanitarian dangers of landmines and cluster munitions. Goose was instrumental in bringing about the 1997 international treaty banning antipersonnel mines, the 1995 protocol banning blinding lasers, the 2003 protocol on explosive remnants of war, and the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions. He and Human Rights Watch co-founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Goose also co-founded the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) and currently serves as the Chair of the recently merged ICBL-CMC.

Recorded Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.