Ramesh Jaura is a professional journalist and an experienced moderator and facilitator specialising in inter-cultural communication, globalization, international development cooperation, nuclear disarmament, culture of peace, and civil society.
Jaura is executive president of Global Cooperation Council what was until beginning of 1997 called the North-South Forum, which he co-founded in 1983. The Federal President of Germany awarded Jaura in June 1996 the Federal Cross on Ribbon for promoting international understanding.
Global Cooperation Council is a membership organization and a think-tank devoted to genuine cooperation in the interest of fair globalization as well as the culture of peace, a prerequisite for sustainable global security. It runs IDN-InDepthNews and Global Perspectives in cooperation with Globalom Media, an information, communication and publishing agency committed to social and ethical responsibility.
Jaura was the President of Maastricht-based Euforic (Europe’s Forum on International Cooperation) 2002 to 2009.
A German national of Indian origin, Jaura is a journalist with an experience of nearly 50 years in the profession. He headed the Germany bureau of IPS between1987 and 2002. Subsequently he served until 2008 as Director of IPS-Inter Press Service Europe in-charge of coordinating the Euro-Mediterranean network of the global news agency. Since 2008, he is Director of IPS-Inter Press Service Deutschland under the umbrella of Global Cooperation Council. Besides, he is serving as a Director on IPS international board.
During his association with IPS, Jaura negotiated, coordinated and implemented several projects for IPS in Germany and for IPS international – sponsored not only by German organisations but also UN organisations and the European Commission.
Jaura was born in 1942 in ‘British’ India, He obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Delhi in 1964 and soon took to journalism. In November 1968 he travelled to Europe and reported until June 1969 from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, the Soviet Union, Austria, Germany and France. One year later, he returned to Europe to report from West Berlin, Bonn, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw for several Indian and UAE weekly newspapers.
He also served as Germany correspondent of All India Radio and was a frequent participant in TV talk shows on international relations. For IPS-Inter Press Service News Agency, Jaura reported on UN conferences from Brazil, Indonesia, Japan and the Netherlands. He has also served as communication consultant to IFAD (Rome) and to the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD in Bonn.
Jaura was the first journalist from a developing land, who was elected in 1981 as President of the Foreign Press Association (VAP), then based in Bonn. He was re-elected in the following two years. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of VAP he co-published a highly appreciated collection of essays titled Der gefesselte Riese – Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus der Sicht ausländischer Korrespondenten (The Giant in Chains – Foreign Correspondents’ View of the Federal Republic of Germany).