Every two years, the members of the International Peace Research Association meet at their global conference to assess conflict and peace building in the world; discuss the state of the art of peace research; plan future research, and influence the practice and decision-making of violence prevention and peace building.
The conference is made up of plenary sessions, which focus on specific issues that continue to influence the peace and conflict process significantly, as well as panels and roundtables organized by IPRA's Commissions and Working Groups, plus special events.
The Hon. Linda Burney MP
The Honourable Linda Jean Burney MP is an Australian politician. She is a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the Electorate of Canterbury in Sydney and she is currently the Minister for the State Plan and Minister for Community Services.
She is also the Coordinating Minister for the Department of Human Services: the umbrella agency for the portfolios of community services, housing, aging, disability and home care, juvenile justice and Aboriginal affairs. She was the 2008-2009 National President of the Australian Labor Party.
Burney was elected as the ALP member for Canterbury in 2003. She is the first Aboriginal person to serve in the NSW Parliament.
Jake Lynch is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney, an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation since 2009 and an Advisor to the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. He chairs the Organizing Committee of the International Peace Research Association conference, which was hosted by CPACS in July 2010.
Lynch has spent the past 13 years researching, developing, teaching and training in peace journalism - and practicing it, as an experienced international reporter in television and newspapers. Publications include several books and many book chapters and refereed articles on peace and peace journalism. He is also the author of several think-tank reports and innumerable articles in public media including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and the Canberra Times.
Any of the indigenous peoples of Australia. The first Australians are estimated to have reached the continent at least 50,000 years ago. At one time there may have been as many as 500 language-named, territorially anchored groups of indigenous Australians. They subsisted as hunters and gatherers. Groups (bands) were formed along the male line (patrilineal descent) and consisted of two or more families. Their lives were centred around a specific site settled by the group's ancestors. The men were custodians of the mythology, ritual, sites, and symbols evoked in the Dreaming. Australian Aborigines are believed to have numbered 300,0001,000,000 when European colonization began in the late 18th century, but they were devastated by introduced diseases and by the bloody 19th-century policy of pacification by force. In the early 21st century they were estimated to number more than 400,000. Most aspects of their traditional culture have been severely modified. All Aboriginal peoples have had some contact with modern Australian society, and all are now Australian citizens. At the turn of the 21st century Aboriginal interest in cultural revival was strong.