Eirwen Harbottle

eirwen harbottleEirwen Harbottle, as trustee, has long helped to plan Peace Child activities. These often use music and drama to work to “empower young people to be the change they want to see in the world”.

She attended a production of the original “Peace Child’” musical at UN HQ in Geneva. Green peace child latviaCross international asked for this to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation by Mikhail Gorbachev. Its story begins with the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear plant; the cost of seeking advice from world experts on how to render it safe left a huge hole in the Soviet military budget. National – and global – security had suddenly assumed a new environmental priority. It proved the political undoing of Gorbachev. Sacked, he was left to ponder where the essence of global security actually lay? Green Cross International was the result.

After the death of her husband and co-worker for peace, Brigadier Michael Harbottle, she became Coordinator of the group of retired flag rank officers created by him in 1984, originally known as “Generals for Peace and Disarmament – an NGO accredited to the UN & nominated for the UN ‘Messenger for Peace’ award in 1986. She was also a member of the group of volunteers supporting John McDonnell MP in creating a Ministry for Peace in UK: Ministry for Peace.

Peace Child hosted the first international “Jobs Creation Summit”

The summit took place in Westminster at a location provided by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills. Eirwen reported:

“The keynote speaker was Andries Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, followed by Lord Young, Prime Minister Cameron’s Enterprise Adviser.   Half the 165 delegates were young people, the remainder being representatives of NGOs, business, academics and a single MP – Jeremy Lefroy (Con)- who organised a later follow-up meeting in the House of Commons. Basically all this was the culmination of a series of 6 smaller meetings over the past year within a EU network that seeks to identify best innovative practices already running for 18-20 year olds. Peace Child’s partners have been Multiple Learning Solutions and InspirEngage International”.  She continued:

“The new Youth Training Programme of EU Partnership for Enterprise has a challenging task ahead, does it not? But I have confidence that they will make their mark!”

Eirwen is known as a friend and colleague of many years’ standing by several New Era Networkers who also work on peace-related issues. Now in her nineties she feels that she should cut down her email load and only receive New Era network news. She has asked me to thank my ‘team’. Of course there is no team as such, but  Andy, Steve, Eva, Rex, Lesley, Felicity, Rianne, Kathleen, Robert, Richard, Tom, Colin, Jonathon, Prem and William were thanked for frequent leads, links or articles sent over time.





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