ARC Patrons Biographies

We have included here short and concise summaries of the work and initiatives of the ARC Patrons.

Denis Halliday - former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq (1997-1998). 34 year career with the UN in development and humanitarian assistance. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000.

Bruce Kent - Founder Movement for the Abolition of War. Member or leadership of many organisations such as CND, Abolition 2000 UK, UNA, Amnesty, War on Want.

Lord Archer of Sandwell - Member of House of Lords; interests: human rights, disarmament. Barrister, M.P., Parliamentary Private Secretary, Queen's Counsel, Bencher¸ Privy Counsellor, Crown Court Recorder, Baron, Lord.

Alice Mahon MP - Health Select Committee. All-Party Group on Breast Cancer. Committee for Security and Co-operation, Parliamentary Assembly of NATO. Former nurse, lecturer, trade unionist.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza - Head of UNESCO (1987-1999); created the Culture of Peace Program. Leadership of Fundación Cultura de Paz, Organising Committee World Campaign for In-depth reform of International Institutions UBUNTU - World Forum of Networks.

Linda Melvern is one of Britain’s leading investigative journalists. Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is an expert on the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Concise Summaries

Dennis Halliday

Former United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq (1997-1998). In 2000 Dennis Halliday was jointly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness, the campaign against sanctions on Iraq.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Denis J. Halliday, a national of Ireland, to the post of United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Baghdad, Iraq as of 1 September 1997, at the Assistant Secretary-General level. In October 1998 he resigned after a 34 year career with the UN. He did so to free himself of the constraints imposed on him by the Secretary-General and thereby speak out publicly on the terrible impact of UN economic sanctions on the people of Iraq. Prior to that, and from mid 1994, Mr. Halliday served as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management of the United Nations, based in its New York Headquarters. Mr. Halliday has spent most of his long career with the United Nations in development and humanitarian assistance-related posts both in New York and overseas, primarily in South-East Asia. Following a year in Kenya as a Quaker volunteer 1962-63, Mr. Halliday joined the United Nations in 1964 serving in Teheran, Iran as a junior professional officer in the forerunner of UNDP - the United Nations Technical Assistance Board and Special Fund. From 1966 to 1972, he served in the Asia Bureau of UNDP Headquarters in New York and then transferred to Malaysia in 1972. In Malaysia, covering programmes in that country plus Singapore and Brunei, he served until 1977 as Deputy Regional Representative. In Indonesia, he continued at the Deputy level for two years until 1979, when he was asked to reopen and head up as Resident Representative the UNDP office in Samoa covering that country, the Cook Islands, the Tokelau Islands and Niue in the South Pacific. In 1985, he took up the post of Deputy Director, Division of Personnel before becoming Chef de Cabinet in 1987.

Mr. Halliday graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and holds an M.A. in Economics, Geography and Public Administration.


Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Former head of UNESCO (1987-1999),.He is on the Organising Committee World Campaign for In-depth reform of International Institutions. The Ad Hoc Secretariat of UBUNTU - World Forum of Networks was constituted - under the leadership of the president of the initiative, Federico Mayor Zaragoza - within the UNESCO Chair in Technology, Sustainable Development, Imbalances and Global Change at the Technical University of Catalonia.

He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1958). In 1963, he became a Professor of Biochemistry at the Facultad de Farmacia of the Universidad de Granada. In 1968, he became Rector of that institution, a job he held until 1972. The following year, he was named Professor in his specialty at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

In 1974, he was co-founder of the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (High Council for Scientific Research, or CSIC). Among his other political responsibilities, Professor Mayor has been Undersecretary of Education and Science for the Spanish Government (1974-75), Member of the Spanish Parliament (1977-78), Adviser to the Prime Minister (1977-78), Minister of Education and Science (1981-82) and Member of the European Parliament (1987). In 1978, he became Assistant Director-General of the UNESCO. In 1987, he was elected Director-General of that Organization, and was reelected for a second term in 1993. In 1999, he decided not to run for a third term and, upon returning to Spain, created the Fundación Cultura de Paz, of which he is Chairman.

During the twelve years he spent as head of UNESCO (1987-1999), Professor Mayor Zaragoza gave new momentum to the Organization's mission, "to build the bastions of peace in the minds of men". It became an institution at the service of peace, tolerance, human rights and peaceful coexistence, by working within its areas of authority and remaining faithful to its original mission. Following Professor Mayor's guidelines, UNESCO created the Culture of Peace Program, whose work falls into four main categories: education for peace, human rights and democracy, the fight against exclusion and poverty, the defense of cultural pluralism and cross-cultural dialog, and conflict prevention and the consolidation of peace.

Within the framework of this strategy, many international meetings and conferences were held on education for non-violence, eradicating discrimination and promoting pluralism and international cooperation. These meetings resulted in a considerable number of Declarations (thirty), expressing a will to promote education, science, culture, research and teaching, as well as justice and "intellectual and moral solidarity", referred to in the Constitution of the UNESCO. On September 13, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly approved the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, which constitutes, from a conceptual and practical standpoint, the greatest aspirations of Professor Mayor Zaragoza.

With the Fundación Cultura de Paz, founded in Madrid in March, 2000, under the auspices of the Community of Madrid's regional Department of Education, Professor Mayor continues with the work he started as Director-General of UNESCO: to promote, in every area of human life, the transition from a culture of violence and imposition to one of peace and tolerance. The foundation holds an annual Course on the Culture of Peace, covering educational contents, the origins of conflicts, democracy, and human rights, in collaboration with Madrid's Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. In December, 2000, he organized an International Meeting, which was attended by well-known personalities who have fought for justice, freedom and peace. At the end of that meeting, the Madrid Declaration was unanimously approved.

In addition to his numerous scientific publications, Professor Federico Mayor has published four books of poetry, A contraviento (1985), Aguafuertes (1991), El fuego y la esperanza (1996) and Terral (1997), and several books of essays: Un mundo nuevo (in English, The World Ahead: Our Future in the Making) (1999), Los nudos gordianos (1999) Mañana siempre es tarde (1987), La nueva página (1994), Memoria del futuro (1994), La paix demain? (1995), Science and Power (1995) and UNESCO: un idéal en action (1996).



 Lord Archer of Sandwell

Member of House of Lords; his interests include human rights, disarmament.

He was educated at Wednesbury Boy's High School, Wednesbury. He graduated from University College London with the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University College London with the degree of Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) and London School of Economics with the degree of Master of Law (LL.M.). He was admitted to Gray's Inn, as a barrister in 1952; remaining a Barrister until 1999. He held the office of M.P. (Labour) for Rowley Regis; Tipton between 1966 and 1974 and Warley West between 1974 and 1992. He held the offices of Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney-General between 1967 and 1970; Bencher in 1974; Solicitor-General between 1974 and 1979; Crown Court Recorder in 1982. He was invested as a Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) in 1971 and as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1977. He was a Member of the Shadow Cabinet, 1980-87 and Intelligence and Security committee. He was created Baron Archer of Sandwell, of Sandwell, co. of West Midlands [U.K. Life Peer] in 1992. He wrote the books The Queen's Courts, (published in 1956), Social Welfare and the Citizen (1957, editor), Communism and the Law,(1963, with Lord Reay), Freedom at Stake(1966), Human Rights(1969), Purpose in Socialism(1973), The Role of the Law Officers(1978) and More Law Reform Now(1984, editor).

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Alice Mahon MP
Labour Member of Parliament: Halifax,

Education: Halifax grammar school; University: Bradford: BA in Social Policy and Administration.
Before entering Parliament was a nursing auxilliary and college Lecturer in trade union studies, Trade unionist (NUPE, then Unison) , Labour MPs' delegate to national policy forum. MP for Halifax since 1987. Member of the Health Select Committee. Chair, All-Party Group on Breast Cancer. Chair, Committee for Security and Co-operation, Parliamentary Assembly of NATO. Former Calderdale MBC Councillor.  Interests include her grandchildren, gardening, ballet and theatre.

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 Bruce Kent

Chair, Movement for the Abolition of War

In 1929 first became involved with the International peace movement in 1958 through his work with Pax Christi in Britain.

He was ordained as a catholic priest in 1958 and retired from the active ministry in 1987. He has at various times been the General Secretary and Chairperson of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, President of Abolition 2000 UK and of the London Region of the United Nations Association, Chairperson of the Culture of Peace Committee and of the British overseas development agency War on Want. He is a member of Amnesty, Compassion in World Farming, the Campaign to Free Vanunu, and many other organisations. Publications include Building the Global Villiage (Harper Collins 1991) and Undiscovered Ends (Harper Collins 1992).

He has travelled to many places around the world in the cause of peace based on justice and hopefully will continue to do so for many years yet to come



Linda Melvern

Linda Melvern is one of Britain’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on many UK newspapers such as The London Evening News, The Evening Standard. The Sunday Times. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Irish Times, The Scotsman and the London Review of Books. She wrote the books, "Techno-Bandits", "The End of the Street", "The Ultimate Crime", "A People Betrayed, and her latest book: "Conspiracy to Murder".

She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in the Department of International Politics. She was a consultant to the Military One prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTR. She has also published numerous articles, essays and papers related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and has visited a wide variety of institutions in the UK and abroad to give presentations on the subject. These include the Centre for Social Theory and Comparative History (UCLA), the University of Wales (Aberystwyth), The Press Union (Athens, Greece), The Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Life After Death Conference (Kigali, Rwanda, 2001), and the Genocide Prevention Conference (FCO and Aegis, Nottinghamshire, 2002). From


ARC Chairperson Biography

Vijay Mehta MA is an author and global activist for peace, development, human rights and environment. His books include, ‘The Fortune Forum Code: For a Sustainable Future’, ‘The United Nations and Its Future in the 21st Century’, and ‘Arms No More’. He is president of VM Centre for Peace and co-founder and trustee of Fortune Forum charity which works for the eradication of poverty, environmental sustainability, halting the onslaught of diseases, protection of human rights, and peacebuilding. He is chair of Arms Reduction Coalition, Co-chair of World Disarmament Campaign and Vice Chair of Action for United Nations Renewal. He is a member of the council of International Peace Bureau (IPB) and National Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

He works with civil society, international organizations, governments, businesses as well as with peace, human rights, environment and development groups. The main areas on which he works and speak are as follows:

 International peace, security and nuclear disarmament
 Global arms trade, arms reduction and weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
 Poverty reduction and development
 Protection of human rights
 Global warming, climate change and environmental sustainability
 Effective United Nations system and renewed global governance
 Respect for the rule of law and multilateral treaties
 Peace education and a culture of peace
 Bridging the religious and cultural divide
 International relations

He is author of the book Arms No More which exposes the hideous global arms trade and charts ways to curb its proliferation and promote global peace and security. It examines global threats posed by spread of small arms, light weapons and weapons of mass destruction in bringing terror, wars and conflicts worldwide. It puts forward the case for the reduction and eventual abolition of all weapons to end military superiority and enhance global peace and human security.

His book "The United Nations and its Future in the 21st Century" is a collection of Erskine Childers annual lectures held in London by prominent UN academics, professionals and politicians about how the United Nations should be reformed to meet the threats and challenges of the 21st century. It discusses ideas about the UN’s central role in contributing to international peace and security.

His latest book, “The Fortune Forum Code: For a Sustainable Future” explores the themes of global poverty, environmental sustainability, worldwide diseases and peacebuilding. It states that in our interconnected world a future built on the foundations of mass poverty in the midst of plenty is economically inefficient, politically unsustainable and morally indefensible. The international community should work on reducing conflicts, protecting human rights, promoting democracy and good governance as key ingredients to sustainable development.

Vijay Mehta lends intellectual credibility to the project and wrote "The Fortune Forum Code for a Sustainable Future", a sort of manifesto that will underpin the group's future activities. "All the things we are trying to achieve have people who are concerned enough to help with."
The Independent (London), 26 September 2006

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