Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture

The Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture was conceived as an annual opportunity to take stock of issues critical to the sustainability of our species and our planet. It is an opportunity to assess our adherence to the values of respect, compassion, fairness, Ubuntu and celebration of diversity.

Our family, the human family, is the custodian of an increasingly consumptive and fragile world. The gap in the quality of life between rich and poor is a widening chasm. We are destroying our environment in order to lay our hands on the mineral and fuel riches contained in our soil. We are destroying nations in the quest for power over the resources that we believe will ensure our security.

The Peace lecture is intended to stimulate engagement and translate into action the vision and values of Archbishop and Mrs Tutu.

The 5th Annual International Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture was held on Archbishop Tutu’s 84th birthday, on 7 October 2015. The lecture was presented by South Africa’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela at the University of the Western Cape’s Great Hal.

Advocate Madonsela has risen to prominence in South Africa for her courage in holding the powerful to account, and for her embodiment of servant leadership.

The topic she addressed was: Peace and Democracy: What’s Law got to do with it?

(The rule of law is) not the job of lawyers, lawmakers and those in government. The rule of law belongs to all of us”

- Advocate Thuli Madonsela