Minutes on XIXº General Assembly, Palma 2016
Defeating all kind of obstacles ARC•PEACE managed to hold its 19th GA. The new Board has been elected with the inclusion of four young colleagues from equal number of new countries. Make time to read the Minutes, get to know GA’s challenging initiatives; think about them and decide to join us for the celebration of our XXXº Anniversary on July 2017.
ARC•PEACE newsletter no 48
The General Assembly and parallel events will gather around 45 participants at Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain from 21 to 24 April. Programme includes a one-day Seminar on refugees and their social integration at a new environment, a challenging seminar by ASF International participants, a couple of tours and a poster exhibition. Climate Change focused by Scientists for Global Responsibility. Participation on the HABITAT III New Urban Agenda by our Co-Chair Marilú Sánchez and Ana Falú, an internationally distinguished lady colleague from Argentina. Further allegations against nuclear weaponry and on Japan’s decision to join in the Disarmament Group. The issue closes with an obituary on Sven Thiberg at one year of his departure.
These are special times to commit ourselves
Never before, important events had occurred in such a short time like now. Indeed, after the Summit on Climate Change held in December 2015 in Paris, whose recommendations are projected until 2030 (UN 17 Sustainable Development Objectives), many committed individuals are working worldwide in drafting the contents of the Program for the New Urban Agenda (2016-2036) to be inaugurated in Quito, Ecuador, when HABITAT III is celebrated, next October. The General Assembly convened by ARC • PEACE to the end of April is no stranger to the challenges of climate change, rapid urbanization and strong waves of refugees fleeing from war, famine and evictions. Therefore, with the collaboration of colleagues from Architecture Sans Frontières (ASFInt) who also have their own assembly, parallel activities will be developed.
The current situation requires that we involve in tasks that encourage the professions of architecture, design and urban planning, and to the general public, to become aware of the growing clamor from a world subject to the greed and cruelty of powerful minorities. This is the first step. The second is to seek to actively become part of the solution, side by side with public authorities that are permeable to citizen participation.
ARC•PEACE newsletter no 47
This last 2015 issue informs about Paris Summit on Climate Change, the international claims against unjust evictions, and a French movement against nuclear power and energy as the worst dangers to humanity. There is an interview on the HABITAT III Agenda being drafted by a group of experts where ARC•PEACE is well represented. A report on the GA 2016 asks for fundraising efforts needed to celebrate the event, via promotion of our Book in hard copies and the guidance from the Handbook produced in 2012. Neighbors struggle on behalf of a bicentennial pine tree condemned to death by local authorities and developers in Catalunya, Spain is also a good note. Enjoy reading this NL and have a good whole year 2016!