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Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative

February 9th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, International Relations, Religion, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, North America
Language: English
Field of Work: Activist/Humanitarian, Author/Novelist, Non-Governmental, Politics
City: Edmonton
Country: Canada
Continent: North America


Roche Douglas RocheThe Honorable Douglas Roche, O.C., is an author, parliamentarian and diplomat, who has specialized throughout his 35-year public career in peace and human security issues.

He is also the chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative, an international network of seven non-governmental organizations specializing in nuclear disarmament issues.

Mr. Roche was a Senator, Member of Parliament, Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988.

The author of 18 books, his latest is Global Conscience (Novalis, 2007). His memoirs,  Creative Dissent: A Politician’s Struggle for Peace, will be published in 2008. A previous book, The Human Right to Peace (Novalis, 2003), was the Canadian Book Review Annual Editor’s Choice scholarly selection for July-August 2005. He has contributed chapters to eighteen additional books.

Mr. Roche holds seven honorary doctorates from Canadian and American universities and has received numerous awards for his work for peace and non-violence, including the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation for World Peace Award (Canada) and the United Nations Association’s Medal of Honour. In 1995, Pope John Paul II presented him with the Papal Medal for his service as Special Adviser on disarmament and security matters, and in 1998 the Holy See named him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He received the 2003 Peace Award of the Canadian Islamic Congress and the 2005 Luminosa Award for Unity from the Focolare Movement, North America. In 2005, he was given Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Canadian Pugwash Group and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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