Affiliated with the World Peace Council
About The Guyana Peace Council
It was indeed a historic and wonderful occasion when on the 17th of August 2016 the Guyana Peace Council (GPC) was re-launched in Georgetown, Guyana.
The Guyana Peace Council was established in 1974 under the leadership of Dr. Cheddi Jagan who was elected President of the GPC along with other outstanding Guyanese peace fighters including Pdt. Harry Ramdass. Dr. Harold Drayton, Dr. Joshua Ramsammy, Annette Ramrattan, Dr. Perry Mars and many others.
The GPC soon after became an affiliate member of the World Peace Council with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. At that time, the world reknown champion for world peace Romesh Chandra was the General Secretary and later, President of the WPC.
The WPC is now headquartered in Athens, Greece. Dr Jagan at one time, served as a member of the prestigious Presidential Committee of the WPC.
Under his leadership, the GPC sponsored a number of lectures, symposia and seminars on topics relevant to world peace and international security. Solidarity activities with the peoples of Southern Africa, Palestine, the Middle East and Europe who at that time were waging a difficult struggle for national liberation, independence,peace and social progress.
Further, it was Dr. Jagan who secured and won the support of the WPC to include in its calendar of solidarity activities June 18 (Enmore Martyr’s Day) as the day for international solidarity with the Guyanese people.
Dr Jagan was also instrumental in pushing to have the Caribbean Region declared a Zone of Peace.
The re-establishment of the GPC which, for inexplicable reasons, became defunct for a number of years is indeed a significant achievement for those Peace fighters who have come together in these times to continue from where their predecessors left off.
As one of the persons who was with Dr. Jagan at the time the GPC was established in the early 1970’s, I must commend and congratulate the members of the organization, especially those who have been elected to serve as members of the Interim Executive Committee and who, with their passion for peace and progress in their own country and the world at large will no doubt work to ensure that the GPC achieves the successes based on its aims and objectives as set out in the Constitution of the organization.
We are further pleased and deeply honored that the WPC has granted formal recognition and acceptance of the GPC into the membership of the WPC “as one of the old and prestigious members of the WPC.”
At our most recent meeting of the Interim Committee of the GPC held on January 18,2017 members of the Executive Committee pledged to maintain strong and productive relations with the WPC and to honour its obligations and commitments as a long standing member of the WPC.
Long live the Guyana Peace Council!
Long live the World Peace Council!
Let us continue to give peace a chance!
Clement James Rohee
Guyana Peace Council
23rd January 2017
Guyana Peace Council
c/o Cheddi Jagan Research Center
65-67 High Street, Kingston,
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
– Mother Teresa
“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.