Zeremariam Fre: After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are more hills to climb (extract)

Dr Zeremariam Fre's acceptance speech at the 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship award was tremendously inspiring. Dr Berhan Ahmed, 2009 Victorian Australian of the Year, lovingly presented the award to Dr Fre for his extraordinary work in significantly advancing both the need for ecological care and the practices associated with it. Dr Fre’s has provided practical leadership in caring for, protecting and restoring the natural environment, and helped to develop innovative responses to contemporary environmental challenges.

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Emmanuel Economou
Paul Komesaroff: We sought an individual who is courageous and effective, and stands as an inspiration to others

The 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship (DTRF) award was seeking to honour a person who has provided practical leadership in the ethical reworking of our relationship to nature. We were seeking a person(s) who contributed significantly to advancing both the awareness of the need for environmental care and the practices associated with it. Someone who through his or her own work has helped develop innovative responses to contemporary environmental challenges.

Professor Paul Komesaroff, Founder and Executive Director of Global Reconciliation, opened the award ceremony by firstly congratulating Dr Zeremariam Fre for his gracious acceptance of the 2018 DTRF award.

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Emmanuel Economou
Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar declared racism in Australia is 'alive and it's kicking'

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner June Oscar has declared that racism in Australia is "alive and it's kicking" in response to comments by the nation's newly appointed race discrimination commissioner that Australia is not a racist country.

"I'm hearing from women and girls across the country … that racism is one of the key emerging issues," she said.

“I know from my own personal experiences that racism is alive and it's kicking”.

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Emmanuel Economou
Environmental advocate acclaimed with 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Award

Environmental advocate for nomadic pastoral communities across the Horn of Africa, Dr Zeremariam Fre, has been awarded the 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship.

The Fellowship, which this year focuses on environmental care, promotes reconciliation by bringing global support to individuals engaged in local projects.  It recognises Dr Fre’s lifetime work supporting pastoral peoples, advocating for their rights to land and care of the natural resources that support them.

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Congratulations to shortlisted nominees of DTRF 2018

Global Reconciliation and the Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship (DTRF) committee would like to applaud the work in environmental care that is being undertaken by many activists around the world. Nominations for the 2018 DTRF have been outstanding. We would like to celebrate every one of them, but commend and bring to your attention in particular the shortlist of nominees for the 2018 Fellowship award:

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Victoria Baldwin
Call for nominations: Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship 2018

Global Reconciliation is calling for nominations for the 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship. Desmond Tutu's Reconciliation Fellowship is the premier award in the world recognising effective on-the-ground achievements in reconciliation. The 2018 theme of the fellowship is Environmental Care.

The relationship between human beings and the natural environment has always been dynamic. However, in recent times, this relationship has undergone a fundamental and unprecedented transformation. Much natural habitat has been destroyed which, together with other factors, has contributed to changes in macro and micro-climate systems.

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Victoria Baldwin
Charles Lane: Barabaig

Dr Charles Lane, Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship Chair, has launched his beautiful book Barabaig: Life, Love and Death on Tanzania's Hanang Plains. This wonderful book was joyfully received by the Barabaig people and is now available for purchase around the world — for international orders click here

The Barabaig are a group of nomadic cattle herders located in north central Tanzania. In the 1980’s, Charles lived with the tribe for two years and this was the beginning of a life-long friendship.

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Victoria Baldwin
If we are able to consider each other’s needs, there will be peace

Emmanuel Jal’s moving acceptance speech at the 2017 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship presentation brought the crowd to its feet. Paris Aristotle AO, a tireless advocate for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, presented Emmanuel with the award at the Melbourne Town Hall on 24 August for his extraordinary work in reconciliation around the world as a displaced person from South Sudan. During the ceremony, Emmanuel treated us to a special acapella performance of his hit single My Power, which is about the power all people have to make the world a better place.

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Coming soon from Global Reconciliation: aidXchange

aidXchange is an independent, not-for-profit online platform for humanitarian action for individuals and groups from around the world.

aidXchange aims to facilitate the development of active partnerships based on common interests, ideas, goals and values. Participants are matched with other participants based on their skills and needs, and are supported by a facilitator to develop and carry out projects based on mutually shared objectives. For more information or discussion, contact info@globalreconciliation.org

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Victoria Baldwin
2017 Desmond Tutu Fellowship Awarded to Emmanuel Jal

Peace activist and former child soldier acclaimed with prestigious reconciliation award.

Author, musician, peace ambassador and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal will come to Australia this month to be awarded the 2017 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship.

The Fellowship, which this year is focused on people’s displacement, promotes reconciliation by bringing global support to individuals engaged in local projects. It recognises Mr Jal’s global work in reconciliation as a displaced person from South Sudan. 

An established and accomplished musician and performer, Mr Jal is the architect of the We Want Peace campaign which helped attract international attention to the suffering in South Sudan through the 2011 independence process.

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Victoria Baldwin
June Oscar Wins WA Local Hero in 2017 Australia Day Award


June Oscar AO, the current Desmond Tutu Reconciliation fellow, has won the Western Australia Local Hero award and was nominated as one of the 32 national finalists for 2017 Australian of the Year.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Chris Kirby, said the finalists were chosen from four award categories including educators, community volunteers, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians.

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Emmanuel Economou