The Desmond Tutu
International Peace Lecture
The inaugural Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture was held in 2011 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama connecting via live stream after being denied a visa by the South African government to travel to South Africa. Since the inaugural lecture, the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture has evolved into a flagship event which takes place on the birthdate of its namesake, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Where it started
The Peace Lecture was initiated to honour and celebrate the contribution made by its namesake, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to global peace and justice.
The lecture is strategically scheduled on 7th October which coincides with the birthday of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and is also the birth month of Mrs. Leah Tutu, co-founder of the D<LF.
As an African platform for international discourse, the Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture is a vital element in the Foundation’s mission to foster societal conversation about important issues of our time.
Since the Peace Lecture was launched with His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the speaker, we have been honoured to have an illustrious line up of speakers from both Africa and beyond. Speakers to date have come from civil society and the public service, both very important sectors in the process of peace building.
Through the years
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