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Jayantha Dhanapala



Jayantha Dhanapala, a former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, said there is special significance in the fact that this anniversary is being celebrated together with the Group of 77 and UNCTAD highlighting the umbilical link with the developing world of the global South.

Giving voice to these important trends, IPS emerged to challenge the monopoly of the news exchange system and its dominance by the developed world, he added. Drawing on the vast reservoir of hitherto globally unrecognized journalistic talent in the global South, Roberto Savio and Pablo Piacentini co-founded an organisation that has braved challenges of resource mobilization and unfair competition, said Dhanapala.

“Having spent many years in the area of peace and disarmament with the United Nations, I am personally grateful to IPS for espousing the cause of disarmament, especially nuclear disarmament, and for identifying the priority of a nuclear weapon-free world where weapons of mass destruction must be eliminated and conventional weapons reduced from current levels in achieving general and complete disarmament,” he declared.

“Only then can we have peace and security with development and human rights flourishing in collective and co-operative global security,” said Dhanapala, president, Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs (1995 Nobel Peace Laureate) and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka.

 
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