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A Peaceful New Year?

Amidst the cheery greetings of ‘happy new year’ that typically mark our encounters in January comes a chill warning from the Secretary-General of the United Nations. When he took office in 2017, the new Secretary-General, António Guterres, issued a call for peace as his watchword.  Just a year later, he has had to admit that the world has gone into reverse and that, far from being more peaceful, the situation has worsened.  It is a gloomy message for 2018 but also a spur for renewed efforts. The problem with trying to achieve peace is tha... »
Celebrating the International Day of Peace - 21st September 2017

Celebrating the International Day of Peace - 21st September 2017

The Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies & Diplomacy (JMPC) at the University of Seychelles joins the rest of the world in observing the International Day of Peace on Thursday 21st September 2017. The theme for this year is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” and the General Assembly of the United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The Seychelles national theme chosen for 2017 is ‘Seychellois: One Destiny... »
International Peace Centre opened in Seychelles

International Peace Centre opened in Seychelles

The Centre is named after the late Founding President of Seychelles Sir James Mancham Victoria, Seychelles – International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy named after the late Seychelles Founding President Sir James Mancham has been officially inaugurated on Eden Island, near the capital Victoria. The Centre was originally Sir James' idea and for the past couple of months has been developed by the University of Seychelles, the Mancham Family and an international group of diplomats and businessmen.The official launch was attended... »
UniSey Holds International Workshop

UniSey Holds International Workshop

Maritime Security and the Blue Economy: The importance of understanding the link Maritime Security and the Blue Economy are vital policy concepts for sustainable development in the Seychelles. Maritime security represents the danger of the sea, while the Blue Economy highlights it opportunities. Exploring the relation between both agendas was the core task set out by a workshop at the University of Seychelles on Tuesday, the 18th of July 2017. The event was the outcome of a joint international initiative by the University of Seychelles’ Jame... »
JMPC - New Acronym for the Centre

JMPC - New Acronym for the Centre

The Centre has adopted the acronym JMPC, sort for “James Mancham Peace Centre”. This decision was made during a Steering Committee meeting on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, at the Guy Morel Institute, Ma Joie. The majority of the members voting for JMPC. Two acronyms which also received votes were MPC and MPDC.  »
National Symposium on Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity

National Symposium on Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity

The Centre was officially invited to participate in the National Symposium on truth, reconciliation and national unity.  The Symposium was organised by the Seychelles National Assembly's Truth and Reconciliation Committee on Sunday 7th May 2017, at the International Conference Centre Seychelles.  The Project Manager of the Centre, Ms Diana Benoit, presented an overview of the Centre; its vision and mission; goals for the future while reinforcing the Centre's support for the works which the Committee and eventually the Commission will underta... »
Primary and Secondary Schools Poem Competition to Commemorate the 2017 Commonwealth Day

Primary and Secondary Schools Poem Competition to Commemorate the 2017 Commonwealth Day

To commemorate the 2017 Commonwealth Day, the Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy, organised a poem competition for all the primary and secondary schools in Seychelles. For 2017, the Commonwealth has chosen the theme “A peace-building Commonwealth” because the world is facing a time of increasing instability and uncertainty. The Commonwealth family of nations, including Seychelles, in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members. “A peace-building Commonweal... »
Think big, but small is beautiful: Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy holds first forum on small island diplomacy

Think big, but small is beautiful: Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy holds first forum on small island diplomacy

The Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy organised its first forum on core diplomatic challenges for Seychelles and the region. The forum was held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at the University of Seychelles under the theme “Think big, but small is beautiful: small island diplomacy”. The forum discussed the core principles of Seychelles foreign policy and it saw the participation of professionals, academics and students from several key sectors namely the Department of Foreign Affairs, Contact Group on Piracy o... »
Research on Piracy

Research on Piracy

As part of its wider global approach to counter piracy work, M&C Saatchi World Services (MCS WS) partnered with the Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy in undertaking a research project interviewing incarcerated pirates at the Montagne Posée Prison in Seychelles. MCS WS was responsible for the management and planning of the research and one of its Account Director (Researcher) came to Seychelles between 12th and 18th March 2017 to conduct the research. The research was done through a series of individua... »

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